Month: January 2013

Questions for the Week of January 28, 2013

Here are your extemp questions for the week of January 21, 2013:

United States

Have recent events caused permanent damage to the NRA’s influence over America’s gun control debate?

What should Republicans do to have a chance at retaking the Senate in 2014?

Will the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline be approved in 2013?

Who will benefit most from the coming fight over sequestration spending cuts: Republicans or Democrats?

Will the recent bipartisan Senate immigration proposal bring about a major immigration overhaul for the US?

What impact would a reversal of the Boy Scouts’ policy excluding gays have on the campaign for gay marriage in the US?

How will Obama’s 2nd term foreign policy be different under Kerry and Hagel?

Will Texas tax breaks for violating the ACA necessitate federal intervention to force the issue?

Will the tax changes of the fiscal cliff undermine support for a comprehensive overall of the US tax system?

After Roe v Wade’s 40th anniversary, has the US reached a stalemate on abortion policy?


Will Japanese efforts to combat deflation spark a currency war?

How would the legalization of gay marriage in France affect similar efforts in other European countries?

What can David Cameron do to ensure that Britons vote to remain in the EU in 2017?

Will France’s intervention in Mali deal a fatal blow to Boko Haram?

Will Netanyahu’s disappointing election performance result in a meeker ruling coalition for Israel?

Should Angela Merkel place her hopes for re-election on the success of the Free Democratic Party?

Will Chavez’s prolonged absence permanently undermine his authority in Venezuela?

Will Thein Sein’s reforms go far enough to allow Aang San Suu Kyi to win the presidency?

What can China do to prevent rising labor costs from disrupt China’s economic growth?

Is the Egyptian government in danger of experiencing a 2nd “Arab Spring?”

Extemp Questions for the Week of 1/14/2013

United States

Has California finally gotten its perennial budget problems under control?

Will the Biden proposal bring about a meaningful change in US gun control policy?

Is the US likely to secure immunity for its troops in Afghanistan by 2014?

Should the US pursue legal action against Wal-Mart over allegations of bribery in Mexico?

Should Michelle Bachmann be removed from the House Intelligence Committee?

Will the death of Aaron Schwartz lead to restrictions on prosecutorial authority as it pertains to intellectual property law?

What impact will the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Moore v. Madigan have on gun control policy?

Should the Federal Reserve take a monetary policy which more aggressively targets unemployment figures?

Do influenza-related public health emergencies in New York and Boston reflect a need for stronger vaccine subsidies?

Will Obama’s latest high-profile argument with Netanyahu affect Chuck Hagel’s viability as a Defense Secretary candidate?


Will recent murders in France unravel hopes for peace talks between Turkey and the PKK?

How would a complete US withdrawal from Afghanistan alter the domestic political balance of Pakistan?

Will Russia’s ban on American adoptions have any lasting consequences for US-Russo relations?

What does Julian Assange stand to gain from his run for Australian public office?

Will French intervention in Mali speed up the deployment of an African force to the country?

What should the UK government do to quell growing protests in Belfast?

How can the international community disrupt Iran’s attempts to circumvent economic sanctions?

Does the Abe government have the right plan to put Japan on the path to economic prosperity?

Are Tunisian economic woes to blame for the nation’s continued trouble in building a stable government?

Do recent environmental complaints in China present more of an opportunity, or a threat, to the stability of China’s central government?

Extemp Questions for the Week of January 7, 2013

Here are your questions for the week of January 7, 2013.

United States

Has the US done enough to secure itself against cybersecurity threats?

Will “Americans for Responsible Solutions” prove an effective counterweight to the NRA?

Can Boehner rally House Republicans to present a united front in the debt ceiling negotiations?

Will Obama come to regret his decision to tap Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary?

Will the record-breaking heat of 2012 mark the turning point in US efforts to combat climate change?

Can AIG win its potential lawsuit against the US over the terms of its bailout?

Should Obama use the threat of a trillion dollar coin in the clash over the debt ceiling?

After publicly attacking Speaker Boehner, does Chris Christie still have a shot at winning the Republican presidential nomination in 2016?

Will state-level foot dragging delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act?

What should the US do to cut down on offshore tax evasion?



Can China loosen its control over the Internet without losing its control over the country?

If the Brotherhood’s power in Egypt collapsed, who would be best-positioned to take power: secularists or Salafists?

Will the private American delegation visiting North Korea do more harm than good?

What does Chavez’s ill health portend for the future of Venezuela?

What steps must India take to combat its epidemic of violence against women?

Are international sanctions against Sudan needed to address the humanitarian crisis in South Kordofan?

Should NATO commit to joining the AU’s mission in northern Mali?

Does Japan’s plan to revise its defense policy raise the odds of military conflict in East Asia?

Will new reports of environmental damage put a stop to Canada’s bituminous sands oil boom?

Will the reforms spurred by the Euro crisis drive britain out of the EU?

2013 MBA Extemp Round Robin Results: Nellans Wins Second Championship; Leys Wins Exhibition Round

This year’s Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin saw the field reduced back to its original size of sixteen competitors and when the tournament wrapped up today, Lily Nellans of Des Moines Roosevelt High School in Iowa successfully defended her Round Robin championship from last season and won the fourth major championship of her career.  This is the first time in tournament history that a champion has successfully defend their title.  Nellans defeated teammate Nathan Leys by one rank in a very competitive and close tournament.  Nellans and Leys are the first teammates to take first and second in the fifteen year history of the Round Robin.

Despite losing a close battle in the tournament, Leys did capture the Exhibition Round championship with a speech about whether the Affordable Care Act would produce inflation in health care costs.

Here are the results of this year’s Round Robin:

Champion: Lily Nellans (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa)
2nd: Nathan Leys (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa)
3rd: Isabelle Taft (Henry W. Grady High School, Georgia)
4th: Miles Saffran (Trinity Preparatory School, Florida)
5th: Chase Harrison (Millburn High School, New Jersey)
6th (missing Exhibition Round by one rank): Josh Wartel (Lake Braddock High School, Virginia)

Exhibition Round Champion: Nathan Leys (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa)

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2013 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Exhibition Round Participants Revealed

The Exhibition Round participants have been revealed at the 2013 MBA Extemp Round Robin. These five competitors represent the top five at this year’s tournament, although placings will be announced at awards. According to tournament director Adam Johnson, one rank separated first and second place and one rank separated fourth, fifth, and sixth places at this year’s tournament. This arguably makes this year’s competition one of the closest in recent memory.

The Exhibition Round will be judged by all of the competitors who did not make it into the top five. If there are ties, those will be broken by an MBA alumni panel consisting of two-time collegiate champion Jason Warren, NFL U.S. Extemp Champion Tyler Fabbri (’10), James Mohan, Aaron Lutkowitz, Shahid Ahmed, and Logan Scisco.

The Exhibition Round will begin at 2:20 p.m. CST and awards will occur shortly thereafter. We will post results very late this evening.

Here is the speaking order for the Exhibition Round:

*Miles Saffran (Trinity Preparatory School, Florida)
*Nathan Leys (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa)
*Chase Harrison (Millburn High School, New Jersey)
*Isabelle Taft (Henry W. Grady High School, Georgia)
*Lily Nellans (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa)

Extemp Central congratulates all participants on making the Exhibition Round.

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2013 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round Ten Pairings

The tenth and final round of the Montgomery Bell Academy is underway.  After this round there is a forty-five minute lunch break and the Exhibition Round participants will be announced at 1:35 p.m. CST.  We will try to get you those pairings when they become available ASAP.

2013 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round Nine Pairings

Here were the ninth round pairings for the 2013 MBA Extemp Round Robin.  The topic area was American economic concerns.

2013 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round Eight Pairings

The eighth and final round of Saturday is underway at the Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin.  The topic area is international relations and global issues.

Competition will resume tomorrow at 9:40 a.m. CST.  There are two more rounds remaining in the tournament and the Exhibition Round will be after lunch.

2013 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round Seven Pairings

Here were the seventh round pairings at the 2013 MBA Extemp Round Robin.  The topic area was Africa & the Middle East.

2013 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round Six Pairings

Here are the pairings for round six of the MBA Extemp Round Robin, which begins at 3:45 p.m. CST.  For the last round, students had to make a prediction from the perspective of a given news organization (e.g. Politico, Fox News, etc.).  The topic area for this round is American politics and social issues.

After this round students have a small snack break called “The Refresher.”  Competition resumes at 6:00 p.m. CST.

2013 MBA Academy Extemp Round Robin: Round Five Pairings

Draw for round five of the Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin is underway.  This is the experimental round.

The sixth round kicks off at 3:45 p.m. CST.

2013 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round Four Pairings

Here are the fouth round pairings from the MBA Extemp Round Robin.  The round begins at 11:00 a.m. CST.  The topic area for this round is international economics.

After this round, competitors have a lunch break.  The fifth round will commence at 2:00 p.m. CST.

2013 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round 3 Pairings

Here are the pairings for round three of the 2013 MBA Extemp Round Robin.  The topic area of this round is American foreign policy.

Round four kicks off at 11:00 a.m. CST.

2013 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round 2 Pairings

I was not able to acquire pairings for round one, but here were the second round pairings at the MBA Round Robin. The first night of competition has closed. The topic area for round 2 was Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

The third round starts at 9:00 a.m. CST. We will update pairings when they become available.

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