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Extemp Roundtable: 2011 NFL National Champions Share Their Views on the Tournament (Part 2)

Last year in Dallas, Texas, Dylan Slinger of Lakeville South High School in Minnesota and Jared Odessky of Nova High School in Florida were the National Forensic League National Champions in International and United States Extemporaneous Speaking. Both also won their respective final rounds at the tournament. Slinger also capped a unique season by winning the CFL and NFL national extemporaneous speaking titles, becoming just the third extemper to do so. In last season’s National Points Race, Slinger finished second and Odessky finished third. Both of them took the time to talk with Extemp Central about their high school careers and provide some advice for up and coming extempers and those attending this year’s NFL Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This is part two of a two part interview.
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Extemp Roundtable: 2011 NFL National Champions Share Their Views on the Tournament (Part 1)

Last year in Dallas, Texas, Dylan Slinger of Lakeville South High School in Minnesota and Jared Odessky of Nova High School in Florida were the National Forensic League National Champions in International and United States Extemporaneous Speaking. Both also won their respective final rounds at the tournament. Slinger also capped a unique season by winning the CFL and NFL national extemporaneous speaking titles, becoming just the third extemper to do so. In last season’s National Points Race, Slinger finished second and Odessky finished third. Both of them took the time to talk with Extemp Central about their high school careers and provide some advice for up and coming extempers and those attending this year’s NFL Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This is part one of a two part interview. The second part will be posted tomorrow.
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3rd Annual Texas Capital City Extemp Round Robin Participants Announced

The list of participants in this year’s Texas Capital City Extemp Round Robin have been announced.  The tournament will feature sixteen Texas extempers and will take place this weekend.  Extemp Central wishes these participants the best of luck and we will provide you with the results of the tournament next week.

*Blade Angel (Lake Travis High School)
*Marcela Arevalo (Klein High School)
*Lindsey Butler (Hendrickson High School)
*Tim Dominguez (Southlake Carroll High School)
*David Engleman (L.C. Anderson High School)
*Cyrus Ghaznavi (The Parish Episcopal School)
*Tushar Madan (Plano West High School)
*Matt Marxer (Byron Nelson High School)
*Alessandro Pauri (Flower Mound High School)
*Diana Pop (Newman Smith High School)
*Sanjana Puri (Flower Mound High School)
*Alex Pustelnyk (Lake Travis High School)
*Tanya Rajan (Newman Smith High School)
*Zachary Stone (Plano West High School)
*Arvind Venkataraman (Southlake Carroll High School)
*Sara Wofford (L.C. Anderson High School)

2011 Yale Invitational Preview

by Curan Mehra

Curan Mehra graduated from Scarsdale High School in Scardale, NY last spring and currently attends UC Berkeley. As an extemper he won the Yale Invitational, placed 6th at the MBA Round Robin, won the Columbia Invitational placed 2nd at the Harvard Invitational, and placed 4th in the International Extemp at NFLs. He’s incredibly grateful to his team, to his coach, and to the people who smiled at him in prep.

I sat down to type what I thought would be a succinct preview of the Yale Invitational. It turned into more of a morph between a preview and a general meditation on Extemp. I hope some of the tips are helpful, I think they apply to any level of extemper. Feel free to ignore much of the advice I’ve provided. Many of you are probably much smarter than I am or have tools that are wildly different and equally, if not, more effective. These are just some tricks of the trade I’ve picked up over four years of extemping. Apologies for any horrific grammatical mistakes.
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2011 NFL National Tournament Strategy Guide

by Tyler Fabbri

Tyler Fabbri was last year’s NFL national champion in United States Extemporaneous Speaking and was a finalist in 2009.  He provides some tips in this piece for extempers who will be competing at the 2011 NFL National Tournament in less than two weeks in Dallas, Texas.

With NFL Nationals creeping around the corner, I expect the anxiety is mounting a bit for everyone. Whether Dallas is your first or fourth NFL tournament, there are a few basic things to keep in mind to make this year’s trip the best it can be. This may be an incoherent rambling, but take from it what you can!
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2011 Catholic Forensic League National Tournament Preview

by Mirza Germovic

Mirza Germovic competed for Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa.  He placed 3rd at the Catholic National Tournament last year and placed in finals at the St. Mark’s Tournament, George Mason Patriot Games and The Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC). Mirza now attends Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where he is studying International Politics with the hopes of working in journalism. He shares his thoughts on competing and performing well at the Catholic National Tournament in this article for Extemp Central readers.      

CFL Nationals is not often viewed as prestigious as the NFL National Tournament – both for the  number of schools that attend and the talent they bring – however, competing and doing well there is just as big of reflection on one’s extemp skills as it will be to do well in Dallas in June of this year. It is easy for competitors, coaches and entire teams at the CFL tournament to lose sight of the fact that national titles are at stake – thinking that you can coast by for one round is enough to guarantee a not-so-happy fate.
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2011 Harvard National High School Invitational Forensic Tournament Preview

by Michael Barton

Michael Barton competed for Regis High School in New York City. He was the 2010 Harvard Champion, as well as the 4th place finisher at the NCFL Grand Tournament and 13th in foreign extemp at the NFL Tournament. He currently attends Yale University, where he is studying political science. He also competes regularly in parliamentary debate for the Yale Debate Association.

Each year in February, hundreds of high school speakers and debaters flock to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend the massive Harvard Invitational. Although the tournament has attracted criticism in recent years for various inefficiencies and shortcomings, it undoubtedly constitutes one of, if not the, premier invitational tournaments on the circuit (Nationals and MBA aside). The tournament always attracts top tier talent, with three of the last four champions eventually going on to win NFLs (unfortunately I ended that streak). By and large, all criticisms considered, let me preface this by saying that I personally always enjoyed my time at the tournament immensely. I never had any complaints about the manner in which it was run, finding the prep room to be comfortable each year and the organizers approachable and helpful. That said, here are some things to keep in mind as you head into this year’s tournament:
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2nd Annual Texas Capital City Extemp Round Robin Participants Announced

The list of participants in this year’s Texas Capital City Extemp Round Robin have been announced.  The tournament will feature sixteen Texas extempers and will take place this weekend at the Westover Church of Christ in Austin, Texas.  Extemp Central wishes these participants the best of luck and we will provide you with the results of the tournament next week.

*Lindsey Butler (Hendrickson High School)
*Ricky Chiang (Westwood High School)
*Jennifer Conner (Plano West High School)
*Kimia Dargahi (L.C. Anderson High School)
*Matthew Hinojosa (Flower Mound High School)
*William Hoenig (Lake Travis High School)
*Nick Lowrimore  (Southlake Carroll High School)
*Akshay Narayanan (Plano Senior High School)
*Alessandro Pauri (Flower Mound High School)
*Bushra Rahman (Alief Elsik High School)
*Jessica Rubio (Big Spring High School)
*Paul Samuel  (Southlake Carroll High School)
*Suchee Shah (Ronald Reagan High School)
*Arvind Venkataraman (Southlake Carroll High School)
*Neal White (Lake Travis High School)
*Joshua Yun (Flower Mound High School)

Barkley Forum Preview

by James Mohan

James Mohan competed for Danville High School in Danville, Kentucky.  He was the 2010 Barkley Forum extemp champion, a runner-up at CFL Nationals and NFL Nationals in International Extemporaneous Speaking, last year’s Kentucky state champion in extemporaneous speaking and congressional debate, was a finalist at the George Mason University Patriot Games Tournament, an invitee to the 2010 Montgomery Bell Extemp Round Robin, and last year’s National Points Race runner-up .  He currently attends Georgetown University, where he is majoring in international affairs.

The Barkley Forum for High Schools has become one of the top extemp tournaments in the country, and the field is always competitive.

So I have been asked to provide my thoughts on the tournament, and my advice is pretty simple:
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