2014 Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association State Tournament: Rende and Hobbs Repeat; Six New Champions Crowned

Oklahoma divides its state tournament competition into four groups (3A-6A) and then separates those groups into International and United States Extemporaneous Speaking categories. In 6A, Booker T. Washington High School had a great run as Arel Rende, this year’s Harvard winner and last year’s NFL national champion in U.S. Extemp, won his third straight state championship in U.S. Extemp. Rende’s teammate Patrick Wilson won International Extemp. In 5A, Josh Yoo of Metro Christian Academy won International Extemp and Peter Simmons of Bishop Kelley High School won United States Extemp. Muldrow High School swept the 4A categories as Taylor Putnam won International Extemp and Jessie Hearn won United States Extemp. And in 3A, Eli Hobbs of Haskell High School won International Extemp for the second straight year and Tom Crews of Okarche High School won United States Extemp.

All of the underclassmen that made the final round in their respective extemp category earned an automatic qualification to the 2015 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University. Nineteen extempers qualified to next year’s TOC through this avenue and they are indicated in italics below.

Here are the results of the 2014 Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association State Tournament:
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2014 New York State Forensic League State Championship Tournament: Piro Keeps the Title With Iona Preparatory; Regis HS Takes Second and Third

Iona Preparatory School continued its hold on the New York state extemporaneous speaking championship as Graham Piro won this year’s New York State Forensic League Championship Tournament two weeks ago. The tournament, held at Delaware Academy in Delhi, New York, saw Piro win his first state championship, the second in as many years for Iona Preparatory, by one rank over Christopher Lee of Regis High School. Piro entered the final round two ranks behind, but won the final round by three ranks to win the cumulative tournament. Lee’s teammate, Michael Faucher, finished third as Regis placed more extempers in the final round than any other school.

Three underclassmen extempers earned qualifications to next year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University based on their placing in the final round.

Here are the results of the 2014 New York State Forensic League Championship Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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2014 Massachusetts Speech and Debate League State Tournament: Freshman Sloane Upsets Primack; Newton South Places Three in the Final Round

The Massachusetts Speech and Debate League hosted its State Championship Speech and Congress Tournament on April 5th at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, Massachusetts. The tournament featured an upset as Marshall Sloane of Milton Academy, a freshman, defeated George Mason University Patriot Games winner Jasper Primack of Newton South High School. In the cumulative tournament, Sloane defeated Primack by two ranks, but Primack won the final round. Sloane becomes the first Massachusetts state extemp champion for Milton Academy since 2008. Since both competitors are underclassmen, it is very likely that Sloane and Primack will be battling again at next year’s tournament.  Newton South had three extempers in the final round, which was more than any other school. Primack’s temmate, Jason Ma, finished in third place.

The underclassmen who made the final round of the Massachusetts state tournament earned bids to the 2015 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC). This applied to the top four finishers of the tournament and they are indicated in italics in the results listing.

Here are the results of the 2014 Massachusetts Speech and Debate League State Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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2014 Idaho High School Activities Association State Speech Tournament: Mansfield Puts Highland High School Back in the Winner’s Circle; Three Qualify to the 2015 TOC

Two weeks ago, the Idaho High School Activities Association State Speech Tournament was held and Josh Mansfield of Highland High School emerged as the 2014 state extemporaneous speaking champion. Mansfield triumphed in the final round by four ranks over Blake Dewveall of Blackfoot High School. Mansfield’s title is the first for Highland High School since 2011 and the school had more extempers in the final round that any other program in attendance. Mansfield’s teammate, Anurag Tripathy, took fourth.  Abby Poelstra of Lake City High School placed third.

Since Idaho held its state tournament after the 2014 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) deadline, all of the underclassmen who made the final round are the first qualifiers to next season’s TOC. Three extempers fit this definition, including Mansfield, and they are indicated in italics in the results listing.

Here are the results of the 2014 Idaho High School Activities Association State Speech Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 21st-27th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Can the “grand bargain” save Detroit?
2. What steps should be taken to reduce the size of healthcare spending in the United States?
3. Should e-cigarettes be regulated the same way as tobacco products?
4. Do proposed reforms to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do enough to protect taxpayers?
5. Should Western states take control of federally owned lands?
6. What impact is the sequester having on American foreign policy?
7. Will President Obama’s foreign policy decisions imperil Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential aspirations?
8. Should the U.S. increase its foreign aid budget?
9. How should New York deal with gun owners who refused to register their assault weapons?
10. Is Sarah Palin still relevant?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 21st-27th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Should China’s Communist Party crack down on the corruption of old party leaders?
2. Why has Haiti been unable to stop its cholera epidemic?
3. Economically speaking, will the 21st century be the “African century”?
4. Should NATO make Georgia its newest member?
5. How should Twitter deal with the Turkish government?
6. Is Brazil ready to host the World Cup?
7. Will Hamdeen Sabbahi pose a significant challenge to Abdel Fattah al Sisi in the Egyptian presidential election?
8. Is al-Qaeda winning the war on terrorism?
9. Will Rob Ford win re-election?
10. Is Vladimir Putin a rational international actor?

2014 NFL Nationals: NFL Qualification Boards Updated (4/18)

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This week’s update of the 2014 NFL Nationals extemp qualification board includes the results of the Capitol Valley (CA), Gulf Coast (TX), Hawaii (USX only), Heart of Texas, Lone Star (TX), New Mexico, South Kansas, South Texas, and Space City (TX) districts.  Thank you to all of those who sent us updates and results and thank you to the NFL districts that posted their results on Joy of Tournaments.

You can access the qualification board by clicking on “Quals 14” on the right hand menu on the main page, or by clicking “Quals 14″ on the top menu if you have clicked on a content post.  You can also place your cursor over the Quals 14 label and this will allow you to click on sub-menus for the International and United States Extemp qualifiers.

There are still lots of districts that we do not have results for.  If you know the qualifiers from your NFL District from previous weeks or after this week’s district tournaments conclude, please e-mail the following information to logan.scisco@topper.wku.edu:

  • The name of the NFL District and the state that is located in
  • The names of those who will be ATTENDING nationals in IX and USX. Please do not send us the names of those who technically qualified, but opted to go in another event. We only want the names of those who will be going in the categories to avoid confusion.
  • The schools those competitors attend.
  • IF your district has an automatic qualifier from last year’s NFL Tournament (a competitor that reached finals or semi-finals in IX and USX) and that person will be going back to NFL in that event, please let us know.

R&D from Prepd: Genocide Prevention

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Today’s R&D covers genocide prevention.  This year marks the twenty-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and yesterday the United Nations offered an apology for not doing more to stop it.  As ethnic violence continues to plague parts of the world today, international actors are openly discussing what steps can be taken to prevent future genocides.

 

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R&D from Prepd: Kathleen Sebelius’s Resignation

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This R&D covers the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  Sebelius, a former governor of Kansas, announced her resignation from the Obama administration last week.  She had taken severe criticism from media outlets and conservatives over the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act.  There are now rumors that Sebelius is considering a run for a Senate seat in Kansas this fall.

 

 

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