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2016 National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand Nationals Extemp Topic Area Analysis

2016 NCFLThe following is Extemp Central’s annual topic area analysis for the National Catholic Foreign League (NCFL) Grand National Tournament, which will take place this year in Sacramento, California.  This analysis covers the major issues in each of the nine topic areas, provides some strategy tips for handling each one, and then provides a set of practice questions for extempers and coaches as they seek to prepare for the tournament.

This year’s topic area analysis was written by Yijia Liang, last season’s NCFL National Champion.  Liang was also the winner of the 2014 Wake Forest National Early Bird, competed at the Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin, and placed sixth in the 2014-2015 Extemp Central National Points Race.

To access the topic area analysis, please click on the link below.  The link is a .pdf document.

2016 NCFL Topic Area Analysis by Yijia Liang

2015 National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand Nationals Extemp Topic Area Analysis

2015 NCFLAs part of a yearly tradition at Extemp Central, we have put together a topic area analysis for those extempers heading to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for this year’s National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand National Tournament.  This analysis covers the major issues in each of the nine topic areas, provides some strategy tips for handling each one, and then provides a set of practice questions for extempers and coaches as they seek to prepare for the tournament.

This year’s topic area analysis was written by Lily Nellans, the 2012 NCFL National Champion.  In addition to her NCFL championship, Nellans is the all-time leader in major championship victories, having won the Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin and the Extemp TOC three times.

To access the topic area analysis, please click on the link below.  The link is a .pdf document.

2015 NCFL Topic Area Analysis by Lily Nellans

2014 National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand Nationals Extemp Topic Area Analysis

by Gabriel Ferrante

cflGabriel Ferrante was a competitor for the Iona Preparatory School in New York. He was last year’s Catholic National Champion. In addition, he was an extemp finalist at Yale, Bronx, Villiger, and a champion at the Columbia invitational. He was a competitor at the Montgomery Bell Academy Round Robin and New York Sate Champion in 2013. He is attending the University of Pennsylvania and studying Chemistry and Philosophy.  Gabriel wrote this topic area analysis for competitors attending this year’s National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand National Tournament in Chicago, Illinois.  It provides tips on navigating the tournament, answering questions in each topic area, and provides a few practice questions for each topic area that extempers can use to prepare for the tournament.
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2011 CFL Grand Nationals Extemp Topic Area Analysis

by Logan Scisco

Over the last few years, Extemp Central has done a breakdown of the topic areas for the Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament.  Since there is usually some overlap of topics, this year’s brief will be much more condense and I will attempt to summarize the topic areas in five to seven sentences or less.  This is meant to shed some insight into what challenges extempers might face at the CFL tournament this weekend.  Extempers should click on the Ex Files tab above and look at the 2008 and 2009 analysis to get an idea of what issues extempers face at CFL and to also better understand how the tournament works.  Extempers should also consult Mirza Germovic’s breakdown of the tournament, which was posted late last week.

Extempers should note that there are nine topic areas, but there are only eight rounds at the tournament.  The topic areas are drawn randomly before each round.  This means that one of the topic areas listed below WILL NOT be used.  Also, the tournament seems to be pushing a more domestic centered approach to the event this year.  As a final quick piece of advice, the worst topic areas always seems to find its way into semi-finals or finals, so be prepared to face them there.
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2011 TFA State International Extemp Topic Area Analysis

by Logan Scisco

The following topic area analysis is for extempers who will be competing next week at the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament at Flower Mound High School.  Like our CFL and NFL topic area analysis in the past, this will attempt to provide some guidance for extempers as they prepare for the tournament.  This topic area analysis will provide a brief description of the round in question and list some major issues that extempers will have to talk about in that round.  For extempers who will not be competing at TFA and have their state tournaments later in the year, this topic area analysis can still help you since many states are using the same topic areas and categories that TFA is utilizing.  As with all topic area analysis, this merely represents the opinions of the writer and in no way reflects what will actually happen at TFA State.  Extemp Central is not affiliated with TFA and has not written the questions that extempers will compete with next week.
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2011 TFA State United States Extemp Topic Area Analysis

by Logan Scisco

The following topic area analysis is for extempers who will be competing next week at the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament at Flower Mound High School.  Like our CFL and NFL topic area analysis in the past, this will attempt to provide some guidance for extempers as they prepare for the tournament.  This topic area analysis will provide a brief description of the round in question and list some major issues that extempers will have to talk about in that round.  For extempers who will not be competing at TFA and have their state tournaments later in the year, this topic area analysis can still help you since many states are using the same topic areas and categories that TFA is utilizing.  As with all topic area analysis, this merely represents the opinions of the writer and in no way reflects what will actually happen at TFA State.  Extemp Central is not affiliated with TFA and has not written the questions that extempers will compete with next week.
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NFL International Extemp Topic Area Analysis, Part 4

As was done for the Catholic Forensic League (CFL) national tournament, Extemp Central provides you with this topic area analysis for the International Extemp portion of next week’s NFL national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the first of our four-part series, we explore three of the thirteen topic areas at the 2010 NFL National Tournament in International Extemp.

Topic Area #10:   The Middle East
Topic Area #11:  Russia and Former USSR Satellite States
Topic Area #12:  US Foreign Policy:  The Foreign Perspective
Topic Area #13:  The World Economy

Keep reading to explore these areas in further depth.

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NFL International Extemp Topic Area Analysis, Part 3

As was done for the Catholic Forensic League (CFL) national tournament, Extemp Central provides you with this topic area analysis for the International Extemp portion of next week’s NFL national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the first of our four-part series, we explore three of the thirteen topic areas at the 2010 NFL National Tournament in International Extemp.

Topic Area #7:  India, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia
Topic Area #8:  The International Community:  The Transition from 2000 to 2010
Topic Area #9:  International Organizations & Global Challenges

Keep reading to explore these areas in further depth.

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NFL International Extemp Topic Area Analysis, Part 2

As was done for the Catholic Forensic League (CFL) national tournament, Extemp Central provides you with this topic area analysis for the International Extemp portion of next week’s NFL national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the first of our four-part series, we explore three of the thirteen topic areas at the 2010 NFL National Tournament in International Extemp.

Topic Area #4:  China, Taiwan, Japan, and the Koreas
Topic Area #5:  Energy and the Environment
Topic Area #6:  Europe

Keep reading to explore these areas in further depth.

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NFL International Extemp Topic Area Analysis, Part 1

As was done for the Catholic Forensic League (CFL) national tournament, Extemp Central provides you with this topic area analysis for the International Extemp portion of next week’s NFL national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the first of our four-part series, we explore three of the thirteen topic areas at the 2010 NFL National Tournament in International Extemp.

Topic Area #1:  Africa
Topic Area #2:  Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean
Topic Area #3:  Central and South America

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