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2016 Extemp TOC: Qualification Board Updated!

tocThe qualification board for the 2016 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) has been updated to reflect the results of all of the fall semester tournaments.  The Extemp TOC will take place on May 6-8, 2016 in Evanston, Illinois on the campus of Northwestern University.  The Extemp TOC is a third tier tournament in the National Points Race and is the second major tournament of the season.

Note that this year’s TOC has different qualification requirements, with state finalists now only receiving one leg for making their state final round as opposed to receiving an automatic qualification.  We still need state tournament results from last year’s contests in Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, North Dakota (Class B), and Tennessee, so if you have those, please send them our way.

To access the qualification board, click on the Extemp TOC sub-menu that appears when you place your cursor over the “TOC” link on the top or side of the page.  You can also click here.

2015 Extemp TOC: Wartel Secures Second Leg of the Grand Slam; Sloane Makes Both TOC Finals

tocFor the first time in three years the Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University crowned a new champion as Josh Wartel of Lake Braddock Secondary School (VA) bested fifty-four other competitors last weekend in Evanston, Illinois. Wartel secured the second major championship of his career by besting Illinois native Vinesh Kannan of the Illinois Math and Science Academy by eight ranks.

The final round featured an equal mixture of senior and underclassmen extempers. The three seniors in the final round – Wartel, Kannan, and Davis Larkin of the Parish Episcopal School (TX) – finished in the top three.

Marshall Sloane of Milton Academy (MA) became the sole extemper this year to make the final round of the University of Kentucky TOC and the Extemp TOC. He finished fourth in Evanston, equaling his finish two weeks ago in Lexington.

Brian Anderson of LaRue County High School (KY), the winner of last week’s University of Kentucky TOC, reached the semi-final round, but did secure some consolation by winning the tournament’s impromptu category.

Twelve underclassmen extempers reached the tournament’s elimination rounds, four of whom advanced beyond quarter-finals. Per TOC policy, these extempers earn an automatic qualification to next year’s event. They are indicated in italics in the results listing.

Here are the results of the 2015 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions at Northwestern University (Click here for tab sheet):
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2014 Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association State Speech Tournament: Greydanus and Michevich Win State Their School’s First State Extemp Titles in the Twenty-First Century

Two weeks ago, the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association held its 2014 state speech tournament. The state divides teams into two classes: Class A and Class BCD. The tournament is cumulatively tabbed. In Class A, Matt Greydanus of Grand Rapids Christian School won the state title by four ranks over teammate Johan Lee. Kendall Hitch of Seaholm High School finished third. Greydanus is the first Grand Rapids Christian School extemper to win a state title in the twenty-first century.

In Class BCD, Jason Michevich of Mason County Central High School defeated Justin Dolkowski of Divine Child High School by one rank to capture his first state championship. Alex Reeves of Greenhills High School placed third. Like Greydanus, Michevich is the first extemper from his school to win a state championship since 2000.

All underclassmen in the final rounds of their respective class earned automatic qualificatons to the 2015 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University. One extemper, Greydanus, met this qualification and will be added to the 2015 TOC qual board. Extemp Central could not gather all of the information on whether other finalists were non-seniors, so if you happen to have this information, please let us know and we will modify our qual list.

Here are the results of the 2014 Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association State Speech Tournament (Click here for tab sheets):
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2014 Extemp TOC: Nellans Wins Third TOC Title & Breaks Major Championship Record

tocHistory was made Sunday at the 2014 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC). Lily Nellans of Des Moines Roosevelt High School (IA) won her third consecutive TOC championship and her seventh major championship. Nellans victory over Chase Harrison of Millburn High School (NJ) gives her more major championships than any extemper in history. She has also won the second leg of the Grand Slam for the third straight year. In 2012, Nellans came just shy of becoming the second extemper in history to win a season Grand Slam when she finished third in International Extemp at the NFL (now NSDA) National Tournament. If she were to win the NSDA National Tournament this year, she would complete a career Grand Slam, something only one other extemper – Kevin Troy of Eagan High School – has ever done.

The tournament featured sixty extempers and the final round contained the top five finishers from this year’s Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin. The finalists also shared two national championships, six NSDA final round appearances, and eleven 2014 TOC qualifying championships between them. Two of the finalists, Nellans and third place finisher Miles Saffran of Trinity Preparatory School (FL), will compete in International Extemp at the 2014 NSDA National Tournament, while the other four (Harrison, Josh Wartel of Lake Braddock Secondary School (VA), Arel Rende of Booker T. Washington High School (OK), and Sydney Walter of Salado High School (TX)) will compete in United States Extemp. It is very likely that elements of this TOC final round will be played out again in a month’s time in Overland Park, Kansas.

The TOC also gives out a service and coaching award each year.  This year’s service award went to Harry Strong of Des Moines Roosevelt.  The coaching award went to Meredith Deaton of Booker T. Washington.

Lake Braddock Secondary School was the tournament’s sweepstakes award winner, besting Booker T. Washington by ten and a half points.

According to TOC qualifying rules, all extempers reaching elimination rounds at the tournament automatically qualify for the 2015 TOC. Fourteen extempers met this criteria and earn tickets back to Evanston next season. These extempers are indicated in italics below. Extemp Central will have the 2015 TOC qualification board posted just prior to the NCFL Grand National Tournament.

Here are the results of the 2014 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (Click here for tab sheet):
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2014 Washington Interscholastic Activities Association State Speech Tournament: Sapadin Completes Historic Three-Peat in Class 4A; Clark Beats Teammate Mathers in 3A

Last month, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association State Speech Tournament took place on the campus of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. The highlight of the tournament was Alex Sapadin of Snohomish High School winning his third consecutive Class 4A state championship. Sapadin’s historic victory was not easy, though, as Heather Selby of Gig Harbor High School tied him in the tournament’s final round and won a majority of the judges, but lost on reciprocals. Austin Jang of Union High School placed third.

In Class 3A, Calvin Clark of Mountain View High School won his school’s first state extemp championship of this century by two ranks over teammate Grant Mathers. Maddie Lee of Seattle Academy was the third place finisher.

Here are the results of the 2014 Washington Interscholastic Activities Association State Speech Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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2014 Oregon School Activities Association State Speech Tournament: Sharma Brings Another Championship to Westview; Five Qualify for the 2015 TOC

Westview High School returned to the winner’s circle at this year’s Oregon School Activities Association State Speech Tournament when Suyash Sharma edged McKinley Rodriguez of Lincoln High School by judges’ preference to capture the state title. Sharma’s victory is the first by a Westview extemper since Nima Ahmadi, an NFL finalist in International Extemp, won in 2008. Edward Szczepanski of Wilson High School palced third.

Underclassmen extempers dominated the final round, as five of the six earned automatic qualifications to next year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University. Those who automatically qualified are indicated in italics below.

Here are the results of the 2014 Oregon School Activities Association State Speech Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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2014 North Dakota High School Activities Association Class B State Speech Tournament: Muscha Repeats; Hazen High School Takes Second and Third Place

North Dakota divides its state competitions into two classes and these classes traditionally hold their state championship competitions on different dates. The Class B North Dakota High School Activities Association State Speech Tournament took place last week at Mandan High School. Gavin Muscha of Richland High School successfully defended his tournament title and gives Richland its third extemporaneous speaking state title in at least the last four years. Brandt Vernon and Dakota Degenstein of Hazen High School finished second and third, respectively.

Two extempers earned an automatic qualification to next year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University based on their non-senior status and reaching the final round of the tournament. These individuals are indicated in italics in the results listing. However, other students may have qualified since the graduation year status of all of the final round competitiors could not be verified. If you notice an underclassmen not italicized below, please let us know.

Here are the results of the 2014 North Dakota High School Activities Association Class B State Speech Tournament:
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2014 Missouri High School Activities Association State Speech Championship: Splitter and Menkhus Claim Their First State Titles

Missouri, the “Show-Me” state, crowned two new state champions last week when it hosted its 2014 state tournament on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia. The state divides extemp into United States and International categories, a split that began last season. In International Extemp, Brandon Splitter of Carthage High School became the second extemper from his school to win a state extemp title in three years. Splitter defeated Raj Patel of Liberty North High School by two ranks. Benjamin Anderson of Nixa High School took third.

In United States Extemp, Michael Menkhus of Oakville High School won a sizable victory, beating Matthew Estes of Seneca High School by four ranks. Alexis Jackson of Nixa High School placed third.

The non-senior extempers in each of the final rounds earned automatic qualifications to the 2015 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University. Six extempers met this criteria and they are indicated in italics below.

Here are the results of the 2014 Missouri High School Activities Association State Championship (Click here for tab sheet):
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2014 Mississippi High School Activities Association State Speech Tournament: Liu Wins Her First State Championship Over Nabiullin

The Mississippi High School Activities Association held its 2014 state tournament last week at Ridgeland High School. Elizabeth Liu of Madison Central High School won the cumulative tournament and her first state championship by five ranks over Albert Nabiullin of Sacred Heart Catholic School. John Pearce Robertson of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a school that had won the last two state titles, finished third. Madison Central and St. Andrew’s Episcopal had two finalists at the tournament, which was more than any other school.

Five of the six finalists in the tournament were non-seniors, so those extempers have earned an automatic qualification to next year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University. Those earning qualifications are indicated in italics below.

Here are the results of the 2014 Mississippi High School Activities Association State Speech Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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2014 California High School Speech Association State Tournament: Deskmukh Puts Carlsbad in the Winner’s Circle in IX; Berkeley Champion Yu Repeats in USX

James Enochs High School hosted the 2014 California High School Speech Association (CHSSA) State Tournament on April 25 through April 27 at James Enochs High School in Modesto. The tournament was cumulative. In International Extemp, Rohan Deskmukh of Carlsbad High School won his school’s first extemp state championship since at least 2003 by defeating Asher Kalman by three ranks. Alex Ye of Gabrielino High School , who won International Extemp at this year’s James Logan High School MLK Invitational (a TOC qualifier), placed third. Defending champion Rohan Dhoopar of Bellarmine College Preparatory, who was a participant at this year’s Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin, was knocked out in the semi-finals.

In United States Extemp, Brian Yu of Monte Vista High School successfully defended his state championship, and won the tournament by four ranks over Ankur Mahesh of Bellarmine College Preparatory. Yu was this year’s California Invitational winner and he becomes the third California extemper since 2003 to win the United States Extemp category twice. Jonas Trevethan of Turlock High School finished third.

Six of the extempers in the final rounds of the tournament were non-seniors, and have earned automatic qualifications to next year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University. They are indicated in italics in the results listing.

Here are the results of the 2014 California High School Speech Association State Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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