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State Tournament Roundup: Idaho, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin

Extemp Central continues to get caught up on state tournament action with this third state tournament recap providing results for competitions in Idaho, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.  These tournaments and those that will be recapped over the next several weeks are 2016 Extemp TOC qualifiers as TOC guidelines provide automatic entry for a 2015 state finalist if their state championship was held after April 4.
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State Tournament Roundup: Arizona, Indiana, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

It has been a while since Extemp Central recapped the action taking place at state tournaments across the country. To get caught up, we will be posting a collection a state tournament results over the course of the next four weeks. Our first state tournament recap provides results for state tournaments in Arizona, Indiana, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
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2015 Pennsylvania High School Speech League State Tournament: Kara Becomes First Dallastown Winner in Thirteen Years; Quigley Finishes Second

Seckin Kara returned Dallastown High School to the top of the Pennsylvania extemp circuit at the 2015 Pennsylvania High School Speech League State Tournament. Kara became the first Dallastown extemper to take home the extemporaneous speaking state championship in thirteen years by narrowly defeating Collin Quigley of Holy Ghost Preparatory by one rank. Kara and Quigley each earned two first place ranks in the final round, outdistancing the rest of the field.

Mary Breen of Gwynedd Mercy Academy finished five ranks behind Kara, taking third place overall.

Four extempers earned an automatic qualification to the 2015 Extemp TOC by virtue of their final round placing in the tournament. They are indicated in italics in the results listing.

Here are the results of the 2015 Pennsylvania High School Speech League State Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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2015 Colorado High School Activities Association State Tournament: Menon and Barad End Title Droughts for Their Schools

The 2015 Colorado High School Activities Association State Tournament featured the return of several schools to the winner’s circle after a five-year absence.

In International Extemp, Tiana Menon of Palisade High School upset Glenbrooks winner Jack Glaser of George Washington High School to claim the state title. Menon won the cumulative tournament by two ranks, causing Glaser to finish runner-up for the second consecutive year. Henry Sparks of Cheyenne Mountain High School finished third. Menon’s win is the first for a Palisade extemper since 2010.

In the United States Extemp half of the tournament, Matthew Barad gave Air Academy High School its first winner in the category since 2009, securing a five-rank triumph against Molly Naylor-Komyatte of Lakewood High School. Emma Bakken of George Washington High School was the third place finisher.

Colorado ranks the placing of its semi-finalists, so those placings are included in our results listing.

All of the finalists secured an automatic qualification to the 2015 Extemp TOC. Ten extempers were not previously qualified and can head to Chicago next month. Those earning an automatic qualification are indicated in italics in the results listing.

Here are the results of the 2015 Colorado High School Activities Association State Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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2015 Georgia Forensic Coaches Association State Tournament: Lombardo Gives Henry W. Grady Its Fourth Straight Extemporaneous Speaking State Title

Henry W. Grady High School continued its winning tradition at this year’s Georgia Forensic Coaches Association (GFCA) State Tournament when Sam Lombardo and Keegan Hasson took the top two places in extemporaneous speaking. Lombardo won the tournament with a cumulative score of four in the final round, three ranks better than Hasson’s cumulative score of seven. Yugnash Malik of Lee County High School was the third place finisher.

Henry W. Grady has won the last four GFCA state titles in extemporaneous speaking. At this year’s tournament, the school had half of the final round, with Denis Goldsman finishing fifth to go along with Lombardo and Hasson’s performances.

All of the extempers who reached the final round earned an automatic qualification to the 2015 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.

Here are the results of the 2015 Georgia Forensic Coaches Association State State Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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2015 Kentucky High School Speech League State Championship: Anderson Makes History With Third Consecutive Championship

Brian Anderson of LaRue County High School made history at this year’s Kentucky High School Speech League (KHSSL) State Championshp by winning the extemporaneous speaking state title for the third consecutive year.

Anderson, last year’s Barkley Forum champion and who at one time was the top ranked extemper in the country in the Extemp Central National Points Race, went straight 1’s in the semi-final and final rounds of the tournament to defeat Jared Thomas of Harrison County High School by three ranks.  Thomas finished third at last year’s tournament.

Lane Hedrick of Rowan County Senior High School, a two-time winner of the George C. Armstrong Heart of Illinois Invitational at Bradley University, finished third.

All of the finalists earned an automatic qualification to this year’s Extemp TOC at Northwestern University by virtue of making the tournament final round. This gives Kentucky five new TOC qualifiers as Anderson was already pre-qualified due to reaching elimination rounds at last year’s TOC.

Here are the results of the 2015 Kentucky High School Speech League State Championship (Click here for tab sheet):
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2015 Nevada Forensic Association State Tournament: Green Valley Rolls as Qureshi Repeats in IX and Avecilla Wins USX

Green Valley High School took both extemp championships at this year’s Nevada Forensic Association State Tournament, with Omar Qureshi winning International Extemp and Chace Avecilla winning United States Extemp.

Qureshi’s victory in International Extemp, which saw him take five of the six available first place ranks in the final round, gives him back-to-back state championships in the category. Phylaktis Demetriou of Green Valley was the second place finisher. Andrew Turner of Coronado High School took third.

Green Valley also took the top two placings in United States Extemp, where Acevilla defeated Conrad Palor by two ranks. Lance Ledet of Northwest Career and Technical Academy was the third place finisher.

All of the finalists earned an automatic qualification to this year’s Extemp TOC at Northwestern University.

Here are the results of the 2015 Nevada Forensic Association State Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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2015 New Jersey Forensic League State Tournament: Balaji Repeats in IX; Sirot Wins USX

This year’s New Jersey Forensic League State Tournament became a duel between Ridge High School and Montville Township High School, with both schools exchanging wins and second place finishes in the tournament’s International and United States Extemp categories.

In International Extemp, Vaikunth Balaji of Ridge successfully defended his state championship, achieving a two rank victory over Christopher Mayer of Montville. Mark Rinder of Freehold Township High School, the winner of this year’s Columbia Invitational, was the third place finisher.

Montville’s Jay Sirot won his first state championship in United States Extemp, achieving a three-rank margin of victory over Clare Halsey of Ridge. Thomas Abel of the Delbarton School, who finished in the top three of the Barkley Forum in January, finished third.

Two extempers – Mayer and Kyle White of Matawan Regional High School – were not previously qualified to this year’s Extemp TOC at Northwestern University. They earn an automatic qualification by virtue of reaching the final round of their respective extemp category.

At the tournament, Ridge had five extemp finalists, while Montville had three.

Here are the results of the 2015 New Jersey Forensic League State Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):
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