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2016 Montgomery Bell Extemp Round Robin: This Year’s Field

mba2010Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) Extemp Round Robin director Adam Johnson has released the names of the sixteen competitors that have been selected to compete at this year’s tournament.  These extempers will compete in Nashville, Tennessee on January 2-3.  Congratulations to all of the invitees.

*Vaikunth Balaji (Ridge High School, New Jersey)
*Micah Cash (Booker T. Washington High School, Oklahoma)
*Justin Cooper (Scarsdale High School, New York)
*Daniel Drane (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa)
*Justin Graham (Trinity Preparatory School, Florida)
*Katherine Hu (Plano Senior High School, Texas)
*Shawn Kant (Ridge High School, New Jersey)
*Andrew Langford (Lake Highland Preparatory, Florida)
*Christopher Mayer (Montville Township High School, New Jersey)
*Neil Patel (Plano West Senior High School, Texas)
*Nathaniel Saffran (Trinity Preparatory School, Florida)
*Shreetika Singh (Seven Lakes High School, Texas)
*Marshall Sloane (Milton Academy, Massachusetts)
*Jacob Thompson (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa)
*Marshall Webb (Saint Mary’s Hall, Texas)
*Brian Xu (San Marino High School, California)

2015 Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin Field

mbaMontgomery Bell Academy (MBA) Extemp Round Robin tournament director Adam Johnson has just released the 2015 Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin field.  The tournament will take place from January 2-4 in Nashville, Tennessee.  Congratulations to those extempers invited to participate in one of the circuit’s premier tournaments.

*Brian Anderson (LaRue County High School, Kentucky)
*Vaikunth Balaji (Ridge High School, New Jersey)
*Micah Cash (Booker T. Washington High School, Oklahoma)
*Rohan Dhoopar (Bellarmine College Preparatory, California)
*Justin Graham (Trinity Preparatory School, Florida)
*Jad Hamdan (Jackson High School, Ohio)
*Davis Larkin (The Parish Episcopal School, Texas)
*Yijia Liang (Upper Arlington High School, Ohio)
*Phoebe Lin (Plano West Senior High School, Texas)
*Vishal Narayanaswamy (James Madison Memorial High School, Wisconsin)
*Nathaniel Saffran (Trinity Preparatory School, Florida)
*Eitan Sapiro-Gheiler (Durham Academy, North Carolina)
*Marshall Sloane (Milton Academy, Massachusetts)
*Josh Wartel (Lake Braddock Secondary School, Virginia)
*Marshall Webb (Saint Mary’s Hall, Texas)
*Noah Wexler (Nova Senior High School, Florida)

2014-2015 Season Preview

10399157_107383636889_7979173_nWith the 2014-2015 national circuit season beginning next weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who are the extempers that might be destined for big things?  In this season preview Extemp Central breaks down the eighteen extempers who could make waves in the National Points Race.  Extempers are listed alphabetically, and all of those listed, save one who we could not contact, shared some information about their goals for the season and future plans.
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2013-2014 Year in Review (Part I)

by Logan Scisco

The 2013-2014 season ended several weeks ago in Overland Park, Kansas.  The season yielded some record breaking moments, surprising upsets, and unusual situations.  Extemp Central compiled the top fifteen stories of the national circuit season as part of its review of 2013-2014, with stories chosen for their historical value, newsworthiness, and controversial nature.

This first part of our review will cover stories ranked #8-#15.  Check back tomorrow to see which stories cracked the top seven.
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2014 NSDA Nationals: Five Storylines for Next Week’s Tournament

NFL Overland ParkOn Monday, the 2014 National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament will begin in Overland Park, Kansas. More than 400 extempers will compete in International Extemp or United States Extemp in what is the largest speech tournament of the season.

There are five major storylines for this year’s NSDA National Tournament. Extemp Central has compiled them for competitors and casual observers of the national circuit as they participate and follow next week’s action.
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2014 National Catholic Forensic League Grand Nationals: Extemp Topic Areas

ChicagoThe topic areas for this year’s National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand National Tournament have been released.  There are nine topic areas.  Since the tournament is eight rounds, one of these topic areas will not be used.  The topic areas are:

  • US Politics
  • US Legal & Constitutional Issues
  • US Foreign Policy
  • US Economic Policy
  • Medicine, Science, and Technology
  • Education (International and Domestic)
  • Foreign Economics
  • Foreign Leaders
  • International Conflicts and Civil Unrest

NCFL Grand Nationals utilizes an interesting question writing system where coaches, competitors, and fans of the event can send questions about these topic areas to tournament officials.  Those who are interested in sending questions about any of the topic areas above are encouraged to e-mail them to by April 18, 2014.

Extemp Central is happy to announce that Gabe Ferrante of Iona Preparatory (NY), last year’s NCFL National Champion, will be writing a free analysis of this year’s topic areas.  This analysis will identify major issues in each area extempers should be aware of, provide some strategy tips on navigating the tournament, and provide some sample questions from each topic area that extempers can practice with before the tournament.  We hope to release this topic analysis sometime during the first week of May.

2013 George Mason University Patriot Games: Extemp Round Robin Participants

gmuHere is the list of participants in this year’s George Mason University Patriot Games Extemp Round Robin Tournament, which will take place this weekend in Fairfax, Virginia.  The tournament features eight competitors and is a head-to-head competition.  Each extemper will compete against the other and acquire wins and losses throughout the composition.  The two competitors that post the best win-loss records will participate in an Exhibition Round against each other.  This year’s field features four finalists from last year’s NFL National Tournament and a collection of winners from this year’s major national circuit tournaments.  Last year’s champion was Lily Nellans of Des Moines Roosevelt High School (IA), who will try to become the first two-time champion in tournament history.  We thank Bill Thompson for providing us with this list and wish all competitors the best of luck in the Round Robin.

*Carunya Achar (Cypress Creek High School, Texas)
*Brian Anderson (LaRue County High School, Kentucky)
*Chase Harrison (Millburn High School, New Jersey)
*Rabul Nanchahal (Freedom High School, Virginia)
*Lily Nellans (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa)
*Miles Saffran (Trinity Preparatory School, Florida)
*Josh Wartel (Lake Braddock Secondary School, Virginia)
*Henry Zelenka (Kent Denver School, Colorado)

2013 Glenbrooks: Semi-Final Postings Are Up!

glenbrooksCourtesy of Bill Thompson, here are the semi-final pairings at this year’s Glenbrooks.  The quarter-finals are also included in the post below.  Congratulations to all extempers who made the semi-final round and due to the size of the field all extempers who made the quarter-final round earned qualifying legs for the 2014 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC).

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2013 Glenbrooks: Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3 Pairings

glenbrooksCourtesy of Bill Thompson of LaRue County High School (KY), here are pictures of the round one, round two, and round three pairings at this week’s Glenbrooks tournament.  Click on the “continue reading” button below to look at the pairing sheets.

We hope to provide more updates as the tournament moves along.
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