Month: January 2011 Page 1 of 6

Local Results: The Yankton High School Tournament (South Dakota)

Here are the results of the Yankton High School Tournament, held on January 28th.

International Extemp

Champion:  Alex Thurman (SF Roosevelt High School)
2nd:  Gus Campbell (Aberdeen Central High School)
3rd:  Simon Scholten (Sioux Falls O’Gorman High School)
4th:  Jackson Erpenbach (Sioux Falls Lincoln High School)
5th:  Luke Hawkins (SF Roosevelt High School)
6th:  Brennan Foust (Watertown High School)

Local Results: The Harrison County “Gift of Gab” Tournament (Kentucky)

Here are the results of the Harrison Country “Gift of Gab” Tournament, held on January 29th at Harrison County High School.

Champion:  Teagan Dolan (Rowan County Senior High School)
2nd:  Carrie Newcomb (Rowan County Senior High School)
3rd:  Calvin Steber (Danville High School)
4th:  Megan Armstrong (Rowan County Senior High School)
5th:  Clay Winstead (Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School)
6th:  Nate Deaton (Danville High School)

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Local Results: The Trinity/North Oldham Swing Tournament (Kentucky)

Here are the results of the Trinity/North Oldham Swing Tournament, held at Trinity High School on January 29th.

North Oldham Half

Champion:  Michael Sommer (Henry Clay High School)
2nd:  Ben Swanson (Henry Clay High School)
3rd:  Clark Travis (Graves County High School)
4th:  Tess Bettler (Assumption High School)
5th:  Gus Logsdon (Henry Clay High School)
6th:  Johanna Butler (Assumption High School)
7th:  Kye Rogers (Graves County High School)

Local Results: The FordFest Tournament (Michigan)

Here are the results of the FordFest Tournament, the first speech tournament of the year in Michigan, held on January 29th.

Champion:  Philip Mulder (Portage Northern High School)
2nd:  Aaron Miotke (Divine Child High School)
3rd:  Gabe Menchaca (Andover High School)
4th:  Hirsh Jain (International Academy)
5th:  Andrew Gonyor (Andover High School)
6th:  James Feueriesen (Andover High School)

R&D: A 1979 Reflection on U.S. Foreign Policy, What the U.S. Loses if Mubarak Goes, and U.S. Lawmakers Prepare an Internet “Kill Switch”

Here is your R&D for January 31st:

Dictatorships & Double Standards from Commentary Magazine
This may not seem like an article you could use in extemp, since it comes from 1979, but the situation in Egypt is in some ways similar to the Islamic Revolution in Iran three decades ago. This article provides an analysis of that situation and extempers may be able to use this article in their speeches to parallel the present U.S. foreign policy predicament.

What the U.S. Loses if Mubarak Goes from Time
The U.S. would lose a significant Middle East ally if Hosni Mubarak is forced from power in Egypt. The loss of Mubarak could also hinder Middle East peace efforts.

As Egypt goes offline US gets internet ‘kill switch’ bill ready from the Age
The U.S. Senate is set to take up a bill that would grant the U.S. president powers to shut down the Internet in the event of a national emergency. Critics have pointed out that Egypt’s government shut down the Internet during its latest protests and the move would hamper people’s civil rights.

2011 Barkley Forum Complete Results: Taft Wins Second National Points Race Tournament of the Year; Donahue Second

Extemp Central has acquired the Barkley Forum’s cume sheet and can now present a more complete listing of results from last weekend’s tournament.  As announced last night, Isabelle Taft of Henry W. Grady High School in Georgia was the winner.  Taft is the first female extemper to win the Barkley Forum since 2005, when Courtney Otto of Kentucky Country Day School in Kentucky was the winner.  She is also the first sophomore extemper to win the tournament.  This is Taft’s second national circuit victory of the season, as she won the Wake Forest National Early Bird last semester.  Nathaniel Donahue of Durham Academy, who finished second to Taft at Wake Forest earlier in the season, placed second behind her again, but will increase his lead in the National Points Race due to his fifth second place finish at a National Points Race tournament this year.  Jared Odessky of Nova High School in Florida took third.

Here are the complete results from the Barkley Forum.  To access the tournament’s tab sheet, click here.

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of January 31st-February 4th, 2011 (Short Answer Version)

Here is this week’s short answer news quiz. Good luck!

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of January 31st-February 4th, 2011 (Multiple Choice Version)

Here is this week’s multiple choice news quiz.  Pick well and good luck!

2011 Barkley Forum: Finalists Announced

Here are the extemp finalists in this year’s Barkley Forum.  All of these competitors (as well as the semi-finalists) will receive National Points Race points. The round will take place at 11:15 a.m. EST.

*Isabelle Taft (Henry W. Grady High School, Georgia)
*Nathaniel Donahue (Durham Academy, North Carolina)
*Paavan Gami (Southside High School, South Carolina)
*Jared Odessky (Nova High School, Florida)
*Matt Linn (The University School, Florida)
*Bruno Mastrodicasas (St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Florida)

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Extemp Central Weekly News Wrap Up for the Week of January 24th-30th, 2011

This is the debut episode of the Extemp Central Weekly News Wrap Up, where we will answer questions from the extemp community, comment on current events, discuss the national circuit, and discuss what’s new on the website. The goal is to keep the videos at seven minutes or less, just like an extemp speech, and upload them to YouTube and the site each Friday.

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Extemp Central News Quiz Answers for the Week of January 24th-28th, 2011

Here are the answers to this week’s news quiz.  We apologize for not being able to post these on Wednesday.

R&D: Egyptian Protests Increase, A Former NFL National Champion Writes About Democratic Party Politics, and Rahm Emanuel is Cleared to Run for Mayor

Here is your R&D for January 28th:

Egypt shuts internet, rounds up opposition leaders as protests start from the Christian Science Monitor
Egypt is now the major area of the Middle East suffering from civil unrest.  President Hosni Mubarak looks poised to crack down on the protests, as internet communications have been shut down.

Bayh predicts moderation will serve Dems well from Politico
Former Indiana Senator Evan Bayh believes that Democrats lost the House in 2010 because they veered too far left.  Bayh believes that Democrats lost sight of the economy because of their push for healthcare reform.  As a sidenote, this article is written by James Hohmann, who was the 2004 and 2005 NFL national champion in United States Extemporaneous Speaking, and who is now a writer for Politico.

Supreme Court: Emanuel on Chicago mayor ballot from the Chicago Tribune
The Illinois Supreme Court has cleared the way for Rahm Emanuel to run for Chicago mayor by overruling an Illinois Appeals Court that took him off of the ballot earlier in the week.  Emanuel is expected to win the election.

2011 Extemp TOC: TOC Qual Board is Updated to Reflect Columbia

The qualification board for the 2011 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions has been updated to reflect the results of the Columbia University Invitational.

Six extempers qualified to the Extemp TOC last week, bringing the total number of extempers qualified to 205.  New York added three qualifiers last week, while California added two and Massachusetts added one. Eleven extempers earned their first TOC leg last week and the total number of potential qualifiers now stands at 289.  This weekend there are two TOC qualifying tournaments:  the Barkley Forum (which is also a fourth tier tournament in the National Points Race) and the Schwan’s Speech Spectacular in Minnesota.  If anyone is attending and can send us the names of elimination round participants and subsequent results we would appreciate it.

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R&D: Southern Sudan’s New Challenges, Berlusconi’s Fight to Hold on in Italy, and the GOP Uses the Nullification Doctrine

Here is your R&D for January 27th:

Sudan and the Secession Referendum from This Day (Nigeria)
This article, courtesy of AllAfrica, breaks down the challenges that Southern Sudan will face now that it is on the path to becoming an independent country.

Berlusconi’s Worst Nightmare from Foreign Policy
This is an excellent article that can help extempers navigate the political problems facing Italy because of the sex scandal that has plagued Silvio Berlusconi’s government.

Color-coded threat system to be replaced in April from CNN
The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that it is going to scrap the color coded terror threat alert system in April.  The system has been the subject of jokes since it was first introduced nine years ago.

R&D: Text of President Obama’s State of the Union & Paul Ryan’s Rebuttal and the U.S. Works to Secure Old Soviet Nuclear Sites

Here is your R&D for January 26th:

Full text of the State of the Union speech
Courtesy of the Miami Herald, here is the text of President Obama’s third State of the Union address last night.

Text of Paul Ryan’s Rebuttal to the State of the Union
Since quotations from leaders can be useful in any extemporaneous speech, extempers would be wise to print out this summary of Paul Ryan’s rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address last night.

The US Seeks to Protect Former Soviet Nuclear Testing Site from Der Spiegel
The United States is in the process of securing an old Soviet test site in Kazakhstan, where the Soviet Union detonated more than 500 nuclear bombs.  Reports indicate that plutonium is unprotected there and the U.S. fears terrorist groups could acquire it.

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