HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of June 27-July 3, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is it time to privatize elements of Social Security?
2. Should those on the federal “no fly” list be allowed to purchase firearms?
3. If you were advising U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, what advice would you give him to retain his Senate seat in 2016?
4. Should prisoners be eligible for Pell Grants?
5. Can the Libertarian Party win more than 5% of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election?
6. Will Marco Rubio win re-election to the Senate?
7. Has President Obama weakened America’s border protections?
8. Will the Brexit cause the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates the same for the rest of 2016?
9. How can states encourage more people to go into the teaching profession?
10. Should Hillary Clinton make Elizabeth Warren her vice presidential nominee?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of June 27-July 3, 2016

HOTtopics1. Will the Brexit lead to the end of the United Kingdom?
2. How can the Somali government better combat al-Shabab?
3. Should Raghuram Rajan receive another term as governor of the Reserve Bank of India?
4. What terms should the European Union offer to Great Britain in exit negotiations?
5. How can the Democratic Alliance break the ANC’s hold on power in South Africa?
6. Who will become Great Britain’s next prime minister?
7. Are Mexico’s judicial reforms working?
8. How can Europe find strategic relevance in Asia?
9. What impact will the expansion of the Panama Canal have on global trade?
10. Is the OAS a failed organization?

2015-2016 Extemp Central National Points Race: Final Standings Released!

pointsraceheader-01The 2015-2016 Extemp Central National Points Race standings have been updated to reflect the results of the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament. To access the standings, you can click on the National Points Race tab on the right of the main page or click here.

A spreadsheet that includes all of the competitors in this year’s National Points Race can be found near the bottom of the National Points Race page.

Extemp Central thanks everyone for following this year’s competition!

Site News: Summer Schedule

buzzDue to a personal vacation, there will be no updates on Extemp Central this week. The exception to this is that the final standings for the National Points Race will be released late on Friday.

During the summer, Extemp Central will be updating our state champions list, putting together the qualification board for the 2017 University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions (TOC) and the 2017 Extemp TOC, and will still release practice questions on Monday’s.

Regular content will resume on August 1, which is the official beginning of the 2016-2017 season.

Extemp Central thanks all of our readers for 2015-2016 and we look forward to covering another great season in several months!

2016 NSDA Nationals: Sloane Denies Graham’s “Double” in IX; Cash Cruises in USX

SLC NationsTwo new national champions in International and United States Extemp were crowned a little more than an hour ago in Salt Lake City, Utah at the 2016 National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament.

In International Extemp, Marshall Sloane narrowly overtook National Points Race winner Justin Graham of Trinity Preparatory School (FL) in the final round to win his first major championship. For the second consecutive year Graham carried a lead into the final round, but was once again upended by the final round winner as Sloane won it by six ranks (after high/low were dropped). This gave him a three rank margin of victory, thereby making him the first junior to win International Extemp in four years and the first Massachusetts extemper to win an NSDA extemp championship since 2008.

Graham was trying to become the fourth extemper in history to win the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) National Tournament and the NSDA National Tournament in the same season year.  He ends his season by finishing second at three of the year’s four majors while winning one of them.

In United States Extemp, Micah Cash of Tulsa Washington High School (OK) cruised to a double-digit victory, assisted by an eleven rank win in the final round. Marshall Webb of Saint Mary’s Hall (TX) placed second. Cash is the second extemper from Tulsa Washington to win U.S. Extemp in the last four years and his win gives the school three victories in the category over the last four NSDA national tournaments. A school has not had this level of dominance in an extemp category at NSDA since the IX/USX split in the mid-1980s.

Jacob Thompson of Des Moines Roosevelt High School (IA) was the highest placing non-senior in U.S. Extemp.  He finished the tournament in third plac

For the first time since 2011 the winners of each category won their respective final rounds, thereby preventing a “split” between the overall winner and the final round winner.

Here are the result from the 2016 National Speech and Debate Association National
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2016 NSDA Nationals: IX & USX Semi-Finalist Placings

SLC NationsAlthough we await the final placings in International and United States Extemp later this evening, NSDA has already named the exact placings of the semi-finalists in International and United States Extemp.

Included below are the rankings for the semi-finalists in International and United States Extemp at this year’s national tournament.  Competitors that are highlighted in blue are non-seniors who have the option of automatically returning to next year’s national tournament in that same extemp category.
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2016 NSDA Nationals: IX Final Round Analysis

SLC NationsThe 2016 National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) International States Extemp final round has concluded. Here is Extemp Central’s brief summary and analysis of this year’s final round. Awards are scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. EST this evening and they will be streamed at this link.

Note:  242 extempers competed in International Extemp at this year’s national tournament.
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2016 NSDA Nationals: USX Final Round Analysis

SLC NationsThe 2016 National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) United States Extemp final round has concluded. Here is Extemp Central’s brief summary and analysis of this year’s final round. Awards are scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. EST this evening and they will be streamed at this link.

Note:  252 extempers competed in U.S. Extemp at this year’s national tournament.
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2016 NSDA Nationals: IX Final Round Preview

SLC NationsThis year’s International Extemp final round at the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament will feature the top three competitors in the National Points Race, one of whom is attempting to become just the fourth extemper in history to win the NCFL and NSDA national championships in the same calendar year.  The round also features the winners of two of the year’s major tournaments and four state champions.  Whereas United States Extemp is dominated by Southwestern states this year, International Extemp is heavily populated by extempers from the East Coast.

The International Extemp final round will follow the U.S. Extemp final, scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. EST tomorrow.  The NSDA will live stream the competition and Logan Scisco and Josh Wartel will break down the round after it concludes.  Extempers are also invited to make their comments about the round when tomorrow’s post-round commentary is posted.
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2016 NSDA Nationals: USX Final Round Preview

SLC NationsTomorrow’s United States Extemp final round holds great potential tomorrow, as all six competitors are ranked in the top twenty-five of the National Points Race.  The round will feature the winners of some of the year’s biggest national circuit competitions and four state champions.  All of the participants were also competitors at this year’s Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin, producing what might be the first all-MBA final in National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) history.

The round will take place at 11:30 a.m. EST tomorrow, with the NSDA live streaming the competition.  Extemp Central will provide a recap once it concludes, with Logan Scisco and Josh Wartel, both of whom were U.S. Extemp final round national champions (2003 and 2015), providing insight.  Additional comments are welcome in the comment section.
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