Two 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.