NCFL National Champion Interview with Yijia Liang

LiangYijia Liang competed for Upper Arlington High School in Ohio. He was the 2015 NCFL National Champion in Extemp, won the 2014 Wake Forest Early Bird Invitational, participated in the 2015 MBA Round Robin, and placed at several national tournaments.

Yijia agreed to sit down for an interview with Extemp Central to discuss his career and provide advice to younger extempers.

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R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of August 24-30, 2015

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Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of August 24-30, 2015.

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R&D from Prepd: The Legacy of Hurricane Katrina

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This R&D provides resources on New Orleans recovery from Hurricane Katrina.  The hurricane struck the Louisiana city in August 2005, killing more than 700 people.  Katrina was the costliest disaster natural disaster in American history and it was also the worst civil engineering disaster, as the flood protection systems around New Orleans failed.  The botched state and federal response to the disaster was arguably a turning point for the second term of President George W. Bush, who never seemed to regain his domestic footing after the disaster.

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R&D from Prepd: Congress & The Iran Deal

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This R&D provides resources on the brewing battle in Congress over the Iranian nuclear deal.  Congress is expected to vote next month on a measure that would disapprove the deal, but it would require a two-thirds majority to overcome a veto from President Obama.  Critics of the deal allege that it is rewarding a human rights abuser and a state sponsor of terrorism, while proponents argue that the deal averts war and can reward moderate elements of the Iranian political establishment.

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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 24-30, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should U.S. movie theaters adopt TSA-style security?
2. Do 2016 presidential candidates need police agendas?
3. Is Scott Walker’s alternative to the ACA feasible?
4. Will Congress pass the Iranian nuclear accord?
5. Should the U.S. encourage a war on the Korean peninsula?
6. Has New Orleans fully recovered from Hurricane Katrina?
7. Should Rand Paul end his presidential campaign?
8. Is America’s immigration policy broken?
9. Should user photographs be placed on EBT cards?
10. Is Ben Carson a better GOP presidential candidate than Donald Trump?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of August 24-30, 2015

HOTtopics1. Will declining oil revenues do lasting damage to the Scottish independence movement?
2. What modifications should the EU make to the Schengen Area?
3. Can India and Pakistan have a working relationship without resolving the problems in Kashmir?
4. Has the Internet been an empowering tool for the world’s poor?
5. Will snap elections enhance Erdogan’s power?
6. Can the threat of international sanctions end the South Sudanese civil war?
7. Should the international community press Saudi Arabia to take more refugees from Syria?
8. Are rough economic times ahead for the world’s emerging markets?
9. Does China need to impose more regulations on its chemical industry?
10. What is the best way to resolve North and South Korean border tensions?

NSDA National Champion Interview with Brian Yu

YuBrian Yu competed for Monte Vista High School in Danville, California. He was the 2015 NSDA U.S. Extemp National Champion, a three-time California state champion in U.S. Extemp, the winner of the 2014 California Invitational, and a two-time NSDA U.S. Extemp finalist. Brian will be attending Harvard University in the fall, where he will study computer science and economics.

Brian agreed to talk with Extemp Central about his career and share his thoughts on the activity.
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R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of August 17-23, 2015

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Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of August 17-23, 2015.

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R&D from Prepd: South Sudan’s Civil War

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This R&D provides resources on South Sudan’s civil war.  The world’s youngest nation has been engulfed in a civil conflict since December 2013.  The conflict was triggered by President Salva Kiir’s attempt to consolidate his political authority and his accusation that his former Vice President Riek Machar of trying to stage a coup.  It has been estimated that 20% of South Sudan’s population has been displaced by the conflict.

 

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