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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 National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament: Graham Finally Breaks Through in Dominating Fashion; Sunkara Makes Final Round for Second Consecutive Year

2016 NCFLAfter finishing runner-up at the last four major championships, Justin Graham of Trinity Preparatory School (FL) finally broke through by winning the 2016 National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand National Tournament in Sacramento, California. The tournament was never in doubt as Graham captured twelve first place ranks (of fourteen available) from octofinals through the final round, thereby turning in one of the most dominant performances in NCFL history. Benjamin Hoffner-Brodsky of Davis Senior High School (CA) took advantage of the home field conditions and placed second.

Aside from Graham, Samhitha Sunkara of Ardrey Kell High School (NC) reached the NCFL final round for the second consecutive season. Sunkara finished three spots better than last year, ending the tournament in third place.

Trinity Preparatory continued its run of solid performances in recent years, placing two competitors in finals. Along with Graham, Varun Bhatia of Trinity made it into the final round and placed sixth.

Kevin Bi of East Ridge High School (MN) and Justin Kang of Syosset High School (NY) rounded out the final round, placing fourth and fifth, respectively. It was the first national final round appearance for both competitors.

All of the competitors that reached the quarter-final round will receive National Points Race points.  Graham will receive 100 points for his victory and he created more separation between himself and rivals Vaikunth Balaji of Ridge High School (NJ) and Marshall Sloane of Milton Academy (MA). Balaji and Sloane were both eliminated in the quarter-final round. Balaji is the only competitor that can catch Graham in this year’s points race, but all Graham has to do at next week’s National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament is clear to octofinals to clinch the title.

Here are the results of the 2016 NCFL Grand National Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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2015 NSDA Nationals: Anderson’s Comeback Ends Kentucky’s Title Drought; U.S. Extemp Splits as Yu and Wartel Edge Out Sirot for Overall and Final Round National Championships

Dallas 15After a thrilling five days of competition in Dallas, the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) wrapped up its annual national tournament by crowning new national champions in International and United States Extemp in some of the closest contests in recent memory.

Brian Anderson of LaRue County High School ended Kentucky’s twenty eight-year-long main event national championship drought by staging a come from behind victory in International Extemp. Anderson entered the final round ten ranks behind Justin Graham of Trinity Preparatory School (FL), but won the final round by five ranks over Alex Ye of Gabrielino High School (CA) to overtake Graham and win by two ranks. If Graham had won, Trinity Preparatory would have retained the International Extemp championship for the second consecutive year.  Anderson is the first NSDA International Extemp champion to win the overall tournament and the final round since 2012. His win also marks the fourth time that a Kentucky extemper has either won or tied for first place in an NSDA extemp final since 2003.

By winning the final round, Anderson earned fifty National Points Race points and this broke what would have been a tie at the top of this year’s standings in his favor. Although Graham will finish runner-up in the National Points Race, he will get an opportunity to win the competition, as well as an NSDA national championship, next season.  More details about the National Points Race, including complete rankings, will be provided next week.

Brian Yu of Monte Vista High School became his school’s first extemporaneous speaking national champion, edging out Jay Sirot of Montville Township High School (NJ) in a West Coast-East Coast clash of state champions by one rank. Yu, a three-time California state champion in United States Extemp, is the first California extemper to win the event since Evan Larson of Bellarmine College Preparatory did so in 2009.

Although Josh Wartel of Lake Braddock Secondary School (VA) came up short in his quest for a third major championship, he did end his carer by winning the United States Extemp final round national championship. Entering the final round six ranks behind Yu, Wartel made up three ranks and won the final round by judges’ preference over Sirot. However, he did not cut enough into Yu’s lead to win the overall national title. This marks the third time in six years that the winner of the final round in United States Extemp was not the overall winner of the tournament.

Here are the results of the 2015 NSDA National Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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2015 NSDA Nationals: IX & USX Semi-Finalist Placings

Dallas 15Although 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.  What was very impressive was that two non-seniors – Shreetika Singh of Seven Lakes High School (TX) and Nathaniel Saffran of Trinity Preparatory School (FL) – finished seventh in International and United States Extemp, respectively.
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2015 National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament: Liang “Wakes Up” to Win His First National Championship; Trinity Preparatory Places Two in the Final Round

2015 NCFLYijia Liang of Upper Arlington High School (OH) ended the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand National Tournament exactly where he began the season – in the winner’s circle – as he defeated the top two competitors in the National Points Race – Justin Graham of Trinity Preparatory School (FL) and Brian Anderson of LaRue County High School (KY) – to win his first major championship. Liang’s victory is his second national circuit title of the season as he won the Wake Forest National Early Bird back in September. His win is the first time that an Ohio extemper has won the NCFL national title since Alex Draime of Howland High School took the crown in 2009.

Graham and Anderson tied for second place, but Graham had a cumulative score that was two ranks better than Anderson in the final round. This matters for the National Points Race as Graham will be able to enlarge his lead by fifteen points going into the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament.

Montville Township High School (NJ) placed an extemper in the final round for the second consecutive year, with Christopher Mayer coming within four places of repeating teammate Monica Coscia’s national winning performance at last year’s tournament.

Samhitha Sunkara of Ardrey Kell High School (NC) finished the tournament in sixth place, becoming the first North Carolina extemp finalist at NCFL Nationals since 2011.

Trinity Preparatory School (FL) did quite well at the tournament, placing two competitors in the final round. Along with Graham’s runner-up performance, Nathaniel Saffran took fourth. This is the first time since 2009 that a school has had two extemp finalists at an NCFL National Tournament. Howland High School was the last school to accomplish the feat.

The tournament’s octo-final round also lived up to its cursed reputation as several prominent national competitors had their dreams of a national title end prematurely. Josh Wartel of Lake Braddock Secondary School (VA), who took third at last year’s tournament, was eliminated in octo-finals and was denied the opportunity to win the third leg of the Grand Slam. Yale Invitational winner Jasper Primack of Newton South High School (MA) and New York state champion Charlie Barton of Regis High School were also eliminated from the competition early Sunday morning.

Since the NCFL National Tournament is a third tier tournament in the National Points Race all of the competitor who reached the quarter-final round and beyond will earn points. If the Extemp TOC maintains its existing qualification system for next year, all of the underclassmen that reached the semi-final round will earn a leg for next year’s competition in Evanston, Illinois.

Here are the results of the 2015 NCFL Grand National Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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2014 NSDA Nationals: Rende Repeats in USX; Saffran Bookends the 2013-2014 Season in IX

NFL Overland ParkLast Friday, the 2014 National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament concluded in Overland Park, Kansas and two national champions were crowned.  In United States Extemp, Arel Rende of Booker T. Washington High School (OK) became the fourth extemper in NSDA history to defend a USX national championship.  Rende triumphed by seven ranks over Cosmo Albrecht of Robert E. Lee High School (TX).  To repeat as champion Rende had to win the USX final round for the second consecutive year as he entered the final ten ranks behind Josh Wartel of Lake Braddock Secondary School (VA).  Wartel ended up finishing third in the tournament and was the highest placing junior in the field.  Rende becomes the first extemper in NSDA history to win the USX final round in consecutive years.

In International Extemp, Miles Saffran of Trinity Preparatory School (FL) won Florida’s first IX national championship.  Saffran began the season by winning the Wake Forest National Earlybird and becomes the first extemper since 2007 to win the season’s first national circuit tournament and NSDA Nationals.  Dylan Adelman of Lakeville South High School (MN) took second by eight ranks, but won the national final round championship.  This gives Lakeville South three final round titles over the last five years.  Adelman’s win also means that a Minnesota extemper has won the IX final round at the last four national tournaments.  Rohan Dhoopar of Bellarmine College Preparatory (CA) finished third and was the highest placing junior in the IX field.  Lily Nellans of Des Moines Roosevelt High School (IA) came up three places shy of winning a career grand slam at this year’s NSDA Nationals, but she ends her high school career with the major championship record.

Extemp Central congratulates all of the finalists and this year’s national champions and their coaches.

Here are the results of the 2014 NSDA National Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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2014 NSDA Nationals: IX & USX Semi-Finalist Placings

NFL Overland ParkFollowing the conclusion of each final round, the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) recognizes the placings of each semi-finalist. Here are the rankings for the semi-finalists in International and United States Extemp at this year’s national tournament.

Extemp Central’s final write up of the NSDA National Tournament will be delayed until late Monday or Tuesday due to the fact that I am moving and will be without Internet access for the next few days.
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2014 National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament: Coscia Wins New Jersey’s First CFL Extemp Title of the Century, Thwarts Nellans Grand Slam Bid

ChicagoExtemporaneous speaking was the largest event at this year’s National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand National Tournament, with 246 extempers arriving in Chicago, Illinois to lay claim to the season’s first national championship. The late elimination rounds featured two national finalists, four state champions, and five Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin participants, but it was Monica Coscia, a semi-finalist at this year’s Yale and Princeton tournaments, as well as a runner-up at this year’s New Jersey state tournament in United States Extemp, that took the title. Coscia thwarted Lily Nellans bid for a 2014 grand slam and a successful defense of her 2012 CFL national title (Nellans did not compete in last year’s tournament). Nellans, who competes for Des Moines Roosevelt High School (IA), tied Coscia at the end of eight rounds of competition, but lost the final round by one rank, which was the tournament tiebreaker. Coscia’s victory is the first CFL national championship for a New Jersey extemper since at least 1997 and her victory means that women have won two of the last three CFL national championships.

Josh Wartel of Lake Braddock Secondary School (VA) was the tournament’s highest placing underclassmen, coming in third and finishing only one rank behind Coscia and Nellans.

William Walker of Fullerton Joint Union High School (CA), a Glenbrooks finalist and 2014 MBA participant, was the only extemper to win two first place ranks in the final round, but two sixth place ranks weighed down his cumulative total and he finished fourth.

The topic area of the final round was U.S. economic policy.

All of the underclassmen who qualified for elimination rounds earned an automatic qualification to the 2015 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University. Seventeen extempers, not counting those underclassmen who had previously qualified through 2014 TOC outrounds and 2014 state finals, earned a qualification to the TOC through this route and are indicated in italics below.

Here are the results of the 2014 National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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2013 St. Mark’s: Sherren Posts Impressive Victory in International Extemp; Defending NFL USX Champion Rende Takes U.S. Extemp

st. marksLast weekend, the St. Mark’s Heart of Texas Invitational featured its unique extemporaneous speaking tournament that allows extempers to compete in International and United States Extemp.  The tournament typically features the best students from Texas and a few Midwestern states and the final rounds tend to have some overlap between them.  In this year’s event, Oliver Sherren of the Parish Episcopal School (TX) won the International Extemp title by posting straight 1’s in his final round and Arel Rende of Booker T. Washington High School (OK) secured a four rank victory in United States Extemp.  Rende was last year’s NFL United States Extemp national champion and he is the first Oklahoma extemper to win a championship at St. Mark’s since at least the year 2000.  Lily Nellans of Des Moines Roosevelt High School (IA) finished second in each category.  Nellans won both categories last year, so Dillon Huff of Southlake Carroll High School (TX) remains the last extemper to attend St. Mark’s and win consecutive titles.  Huff accomplished this feat in 2008 and 2009 by winning the International Extemp category.  Aside from Rende and Nellans, the only other extemper who made both final rounds was Ash Maholtra of Plano Senior High School (TX), who finished 4th in both categories.  Booker T. Washington High School had four finalists across both extemp categories at the tournament, the highest of any school in attendance.

International Extemp featured fifty-three competitors, meaning that all competitors who made the semi-final round and beyond earned a qualifying leg to this year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.  United States Extemp featured sixty-two competitors, so all extempers who made the quarter-final round and beyond earned a qualifying leg.  In total, twenty extempers earned qualifying legs and five extempers, Sherren, Grant Bumgarner of Booker T. Washington High School (OK), Phoebe Lin of Plano West High School (TX), and Sydney Walter and Rachel Evans of Salado High School (TX), earned both qualifying legs at the tournament to earn a tentative qualification to this year’s TOC.  All extempers that earned a qualifying leg for this finish are indicated in italics.

This weekend, the Florida Blue Key Tournament, which allows extempers to double up in both extemp categories, will take place at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

Here are the results from St. Mark’s (Click here for tab sheet):
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