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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