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MBA Champion Interview with Josh Wartel

WartelJosh Wartel competed for Lake Braddock Secondary School. He was a MBA Extemp Round Robin, Patriot Games, Patriot Games Round Robin, TOC, Blue Key Round Robin, two-time Villager and three-time Virginia state champion. He was a finalist at NCFLs, three-time NSDA finalist and the 2015 United States final round winner. He will be studying at Brown University.

After placing third in the 2014-2015 National Points Race and winning the final round of last year’s NSDA U.S. Extemp competition, Wartel agreed to talk with Extemp Central about his career.
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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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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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National Points Race Champion Interview with Brian Anderson

AndersonBrian Anderson competed for LaRue County High School in Kentucky.  He was a three-time Kentucky state champion, the 2014 Barkley Forum extemporaneous speaking champion, the winner of the University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions (TOC), the 2015 National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) International Extemp National Champion, and the 2014-2015 Extemp Central National Points Race winner.  Brian will be attending Western Kentucky University in the fall, where he will compete for the school’s national winning forensic program.

Brian agreed to sit down with Extemp Central to discuss his career and thoughts on the activity.
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NSDA Champion Interview with Miles Saffran (Part Two)

SaffranMiles Saffran competed for Trinity Preparatory High School in Florida.  He was the 2014 NSDA National Champion in International Extemporaneous Speaking, the 2014 FFL State Champion in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, and a two time qualifier to the Exhibition Round at the Montgomery Bell Academy.  Miles also won several national tournaments, including Wake Forest, Yale, Bronx, Blue Key, Sunvitational, and Emory, and placing in the top three at Harvard and MBA.  He will be studying at Yale University, where he will continue his debate career with the Yale Debate Association.

Miles agreed to sit down with Extemp Central to discuss his career and thoughts on the activity.  Part one of this interview can be found here.
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NSDA Champion Interview with Miles Saffran (Part One)

SaffranMiles Saffran competed for Trinity Preparatory High School in Florida.  He was the 2014 NSDA National Champion in International Extemporaneous Speaking, the 2014 FFL State Champion in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, and a two time qualifier to the Exhibition Round at the Montgomery Bell Academy.  Miles also won several national tournaments, including Wake Forest, Yale, Bronx, Blue Key, Sunvitational, and Emory, and placing in the top three at Harvard and MBA.  He will be studying at Yale University, where he will continue his debate career with the Yale Debate Association.

Miles agreed to sit down with Extemp Central to discuss his career and thoughts on the activity.
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Yale Champion and NSDA Finalist Interview with Chase Harrison (Part Two)

ChaseChase Harrison competed for Millburn High School in New Jersey.  He was the 2011 Yale Invitational winner and a two-time finalist at the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament in United States Extemp (2012 and 2013).  He also qualified for the Exhibition Round at the Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin two times and was a three-time runner-up at the Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.  Last fall, Chase became the youngest person elected to a public office in New Jersey history by winning a one-year term on the Millburn Board of Education.

This is the second part of a two-part interview.  Click here to access part one.
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Yale Champion and NSDA Finalist Interview with Chase Harrison (Part One)

ChaseChase Harrison competed for Millburn High School in New Jersey.  He was the 2011 Yale Invitational winner and a two-time finalist at the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament in United States Extemp (2012 and 2013).  He also qualified for the Exhibition Round at the Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin two times and was a three-time runner-up at the Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.  Last fall, Chase became the youngest person elected to a public office in New Jersey history by winning a one-year term on the Millburn Board of Education.

Chase decided to sit down and talk with Extemp Central about his career, future plans, and what made him a successful competitor on the national circuit.
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NSDA Champion Interview with Arel Rende (Part Two)

Arel Rende competed for Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, OK for three years. He was a four-time Oklahoma Class 6A State Champion, winning three championships in DX and one in OO. He was a two-time NSDA National Champion in United States Extemporaneous Speaking (2013 and 2014), winning the final round at NSDA Nationals in each of those years. Last season, Arel won the St. Mark’s Heart of Texas Invitational, the University of Texas Longhorn Classic, and the Harvard National Invitational.  He was also a participant in the 2014 MBA Exhibition Round and the 2014 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) final round.  This fall, Arel will be studying finance at The University of Texas-Austin and competing on their speech them.

Arel agreed to do an interview with Extemp Central to reflect on his career and provide advice to young extempers.  Part one of this interview can be found here.
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NSDA Champion Interview with Arel Rende (Part One)

Arel Rende competed for Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, OK for three years. He was a four-time Oklahoma Class 6A State Champion, winning three championships in DX and one in OO. He was a two-time NSDA National Champion in United States Extemporaneous Speaking (2013 and 2014), winning the final round at NSDA Nationals in each of those years. Last season, Arel won the St. Mark’s Heart of Texas Invitational, the University of Texas Longhorn Classic, and the Harvard National Invitational.  He was also a participant in the 2014 MBA Exhibition Round and the 2014 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) final round.  This fall, Arel will be studying finance at The University of Texas-Austin and competing on their speech them.

Arel agreed to do an interview with Extemp Central to reflect on his career and provide advice to young extempers.
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