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2011 NFL National Qualifier Boards Are Updated

The USX and IX qualifier lists for the 2011 NFL National Tournament in Dallas, Texas have been updated to reflect the results of the Space City District (Texas).

If you have NFL district results/qualifiers, send them to us at [email protected].

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 31st-June 6th, 2011

1.  Should a non-European be the next leader of the IMF?
2.  Will Yemen be al Qaeda’s next major operating base?
3.  Can South Africa stop the Libyan war?
4.  Will poor results in mayoral races for Silvio Berlusconi’s governing coalition lead to early elections in Italy?
5.  How can the developing world stop its brain drain?
6.  Should Nigeria adopt a “three child” policy?
7.  Why has Keiko Fujimori taken the lead over Ollanta Humala in pre-election polling?
8.  Does Serbia’s arrest of Ratko Mladic guarantee accession to the European Union?
9.  Have Hamad Karzai’s recent warnings to NATO about civilian deaths weakened his political credibility?
10.  What impact will the closure of all nuclear power plants have on the German energy grid?

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R&D: Severe Conditions Prepared for New Greek Bail Out, Shinawatra Watches Thai Politics Closely, and Military Personnel Give President Obama Low Marks

Here is your R&D for May 30th:

Greece set for severe bail-out conditions from the Financial Times
European leaders are currently negotiating a deal that would allow international involvement in tax collection and privatize state assets in exchange for a new set of loans for the Greek government.  Segments of the Greek population has not favored auserity measures taken so far by the sitting government.

Thaksin from a distance from the Economist
Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who currently resides abroad, is hopeful that his party can win a plurality of seats in parliamentary elections this summer, but some observers believe that the sitting government may prevent elections from going forward.

U.S. Military Personnel, Veterans Give Obama Lower Marks from Gallup
A new Gallup poll shows that Americans serving in the military and veterans have a low opinion of President Obama.  Their views of the president tend to be lower than others in their age group.

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of May 30th-June 5th, 2011 (Short Answer Version)

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

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of May 30th-June 5th, 2011 (Multiple Choice Version)

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

2011 Catholic Forensic League National Tournament: Slinger Successfully Defends Title; Donahue Takes Second, but Clinches the National Points Race

Awards ended a short time ago for the 2011 Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament and Dylan Slinger of Lakeville South High School in Minnesota successfully defended the national title that he won last year in Omaha, Nebraska.  To win his second CFL national championship, Slinger beat back National Points Race leader Nathaniel Donahue of Durham Academy of North Carolina in a rehash of the Glenbrooks tournament from earlier in the season.  Slinger also avenged a defeat two weeks ago at the Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions by defeated Ben Constine of Yorktown High School in Virginia.  This is the first time in ten years that an extemper has repeated as the CFL national champion in extemporaneous speaking.  The last extemper to do so was Jason Lear in 2000 and 2001.  Sophomore extemper Isabelle Taft from Henry W. Grady High School in Georgia continued her impressive season, which has included victories at Wake Forest and the Barkley Forum, by placing fourth and Ben Mabie of James Logan High School in California, who was the top seed going into elimination rounds, placed fifth.  Brandon Pakkebier of Sheboygan High School in Wisconsin, who was a quarter-finalist at this year’s TOC, placed sixth.

Aside from Slinger’s victory, the other notable event is that Donahue’s second place finish, which is his eighth top three finish of the year, has clinched the National Points Race.  While this will make NFL a formality, it should be noted that the second and third place finishers also receive awards from Extemp Central, so extempers who are within striking distance of those spots still have something to shoot for at NFL.  The National Points Race will be updated near the end of next week so extempers can see where they stand heading into the NFL National Tournament.

Here are the results of the 2011 Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament.  All of these elimination round participants have earned an automatic qualification to the 2012 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.  All of the extempers who made it to the quarter-final round and beyond will earn National Points Race points:

State Results: 2011 Kansas State Activities Association State Speech Championships

Here are the results of the 2011 Kansas State Activities Association State Speech Championships, held on May 7th at various locations.   All of these finalists have earned automatic qualifications to next year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.

International Extemp Class 6A

Champion:  Linda Pei (Manhattan High School)
2nd:  Newton Cheng (Wichita East High School)
3rd:  William Ashley (Topeka High School)
4th:  Taben Azad (Wichita East High School)
5th:  Jake Seaton (Manhattan High School)
6th:  Blaise Kehr (Wichita East High School)

State Results: 2011 Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association State Tournament

Here are the results of the 2011 Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association State Tournament, held on May 6th-7th.  All of these finalists have earned automatic qualifications to next year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.

Extemp Class A

Champion:  Philip Mulder (Portage Northern High School)
2nd:  Alex Singer (Seaholm High School)
3rd:  Leena Shah (Hartland High School)
4th:  Brandon Canniff (Dexter High School)
5th:  Sean Weston (Romeo High School)
6th:  Grady Sertic (Portage Central High School)

State Results: 2011 Wisconsin Forensic Coaches’ Association State Tournament

Here are the results of the 2011 Wisconsin Forensic Coaches’ Association State Tournament, held on April 16th at Rippon College and Rippon Middle and High Schools. All of these finalists have earned automatic qualifications to next year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.

Champion: Abhilash Sandireddy (James Madison Memorial High School)
2nd: Chih-Wei Wu (Brookfield East High School)
3rd: Aditya Trivedi (Brookfield East High School)
4th: Michelle Yang (James Madison Memorial High School)
5th: Jonethan Cook (Sheboygan North High School)
6th: Kevin Chen (James Madison Memorial High School)

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State Results: 2011 North Dakota High School Activities Association State Tournament (Class B)

Here are the results of the Class B section of the 2011 North Dakota High School Activities Association State Tournament.  All of these finalists have earned automatic qualifications to next year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.

Class B Extemp

Champion:  Lukas Kinneberg (Richland High School)
2nd:  Jonathan Price (Garrison/Max High School)
3rd:  Brady Roemmich (Bowman High School)
4th:  Dayln Limesand (Bowman High School)
5th:  Lydia Kinneberg (Dakota Prairie High School)
6th:  Kendra Enget (Stanley-Powers Lake High School)
7th:  Brandt Vernon (Hazen High School)
8th:  Tyler Leslie (Kindred High School)

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R&D: Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law on Illegal Immigrant Workers, Christians Worry in Egypt, and South Korea Endorses Lagade’s IMF Candidacy

Here is your R&D for May 27th:

Supreme Court upholds Arizona illegal-worker law from the San Francisco Chronicle
The U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-3 margin upheld an Arizona “business death penalty” law that requires employers to check with E-Verify before hiring new workers.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President Obama formed an unusual alliance in opposing the law before the Court.

Christians worry Egypt being hijacked by Islamists from Reuters
Egypt’s 80 million Christians joined the country’s majority Muslim population in calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year, but now they worry that Islamists may be taking over the government and reducing their rights.

Seoul gives Lagarde bid for IMF job a boost from the Financial Times
South Korea’s finance minister endorsed French finance minister Christine Lagarde for the the International Monetary Fund’s top job.  The BRIC nations have questioned Lagarde’s candidacy because of how a European has traditionally been in charge of the organization.

R&D: Romney and Palin Lead the GOP Presidential Pack, U.S. Economic Recovery Getting Weaker, and Loughner is Ruled Unfit for Trial

Here is your R&D for May 26th:

Romney, Palin Lead Reduced GOP Field for 2012 from Gallup
As the GOP presidential primary field shrinks, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin are at the front of the pack.  Romney leads with 17%, with Palin trailing by two points at 15%.  The other notable candidate is Herman Cain, who is not as well known as other challengers, but debuted with 8% support.

Corporate profits fall, jobless claims up from Reuters
Latest figures suggest that the economy recovery may be slowing, as corporate profits fell for the first time in more than two years in the first quarter of this year and the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week.

Suspect in Shooting of Giffords Ruled Unfit for Trial from the New York Times
A federal judge ruled yesterday that Jared Loughner, who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in January, killed six, and injured twelve others, is not competent to stand trial.  This ruling does not allow the court proceedings to go forward while Loughner gets treatment for schizophrenia at a facility in Missouri.

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.

2011 NFL National Qualifier Boards Are Updated

The USX and IX qualifier lists for the 2011 NFL National Tournament in Dallas, Texas have been updated to reflect the results of the North Dakota Roughrider District.

If you have NFL district results/qualifiers, send them to us at [email protected].

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 24th-30th, 2011

1.  Should Thailand scrap its lese-majeste laws?
2.  How should Mikhael Saakashvili react to protests that are calling for hsis resignation?
3.  Should there be global rules for the Internet?
4.  How can the Democratic Alliance make greater inroads with black voters in South Africa?
5.  After taking a beating in local elections and considering the level of political unrest in the country, should Zapatero call for early elections?
6.  How should Japan redesign its power grid in light of the Fukushima nuclear disaster?
7.  What steps can the international community take to ensure that Sudan and Southern Sudan do not go to war?
8.  How secure is Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal?
9.  Is it only a matter of time before NATO ground forces are in Libya?
10.  How would a Chinese economic slowdown impact the global economy?

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