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Site News: Debut of 2014 NFL Nationals Qualification Board

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NFL Overland Park

NFL Districts around the country have begun paving the road to the 2014 NFL National Tournament in Overland Park, Kansas.  Extemp Central is trying to keep track of which extempers will appear in Overland Park in International and United States Extemp.  The current qualification board has results from the Central Texas (USX only), New England, Northern Ohio, Tarheel East, West Iowa, and Western Ohio districts.  Thank you to all extempers and coaches who sent us results!

You can access the qualification board by clicking on “Quals 14” on the right hand menu on the main page, or by clicking “Quals 14” on the top menu if you have clicked on a content post.  You can also place your cursor over the Quals 14 label and this will allow you to click on sub-menus for the International and United States Extemp qualifiers.

If you know the qualifiers from your NFL District, please e-mail the following information to [email protected]:

  • The name of the NFL District and the state that is located in
  • The names of those who will be ATTENDING nationals in IX and USX. Please do not send us the names of those who technically qualified, but opted to go in another event. We only want the names of those who will be going in the categories to avoid confusion.
  • The schools those competitors attend.
  • IF your district has an automatic qualifier from last year’s NFL Tournament (a competitor that reached finals or semi-finals in IX and USX) and that person will be going back to NFL in that event, please let us know.

R&D from Prepd: Arizona’s Gay Rights Battle

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l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd, the only software built specifically for extemp. Prepd makes it easy to research, practice, and compete!  Visit www.prepd.in to learn more. Like Prepd on Facebook for special info and contests.

This R&D provides resources on Arizona’s gay rights battle concerning a proposed state law that would allow businesses to deny services to homosexuals on religious grounds.  Proponents of the legislation (S.B. 1062) argued that it was necessary to protect First Amendment rights, while opponents said it was unconstitutional and discriminatory.  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the bill yesterday after it cleared the Arizona state legislature.

 

 

2014 Illinois High School Association State Finals: Unprecedented Three-Way Tie Causes Jain, Kannan, and Patel to Share the State Championship

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The 2014 Illinois High School Association’s State Series culminated last weekend in Peoira, Illinois and produced the most unusual finish to a state championship in recent memory. At the end of three rounds of competition, which included eleven judges, Saumya Jain of Neuqua Valley High School, Vinesh Kannan of the Illinois Math and Science Academy, and Parth Patel of Huntley High School ended up with eighteen cumulative ranks. Judges preference was not an effective tiebreaker for the round, as none of the three competitors established dominance, so all three shared this year’s state championship in extemporaneous speaking. In the records Extemp Central possess of state championships this is an unprecedented event.

Four of the extempers in the final round of the Illinois state final earned automatic qualifications to this year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC). Kannan and Patel were previously qualified to this year’s TOC prior to last weekend. Those extempers earning automatic qualifications are indicated in italics below.

With at-large tournaments completed, the only way for extempers to lock in a bid for this year’s TOC is to final at their state tournament. Four states will offer those opportunities this weekend – Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina – and Extemp Central wishes the competitors attending those tournaments the best of luck.

Here are the results of the 2014 Illinois High School Association State Final (Click here for tab sheet)

R&D from Prepd: Scottish Independence

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l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd, the only software built specifically for extemp. Prepd makes it easy to research, practice, and compete!  Visit www.prepd.in to learn more. Like Prepd on Facebook for special info and contests.

This R&D provides articles that discuss the Scottish independence vote, which is scheduled for September 18, 2014.  If the vote passes – and polls indicate right now that it will not – Scotland would become an independent country.  Scottish politicians argue that if the independence referendum goes through that they still want a personal relationship with Great Britain and want to be part of the British Commonwealth of Nations.  Opponents of the referendum argue that it could hurt the Scottish economy and undermine its security.

 

2014 Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association: Anderson Successfully Defends Championship

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The Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association (KESDA) State Tournament is the first of two state tournaments in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is hosted annually at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky. This year’s event saw Brian Anderson of LaRue County High School succesfully defend his KESDA state championship. This is the third consecutive state title for Anderson, who won the KESDA and Kentucky High School Speech League (KHSSL) state titles last season. It is the first time that an extemper has successfully defend their KESDA championship since 2008, when Hunter Kendrick of Danville High School accomplished the feat.  Anderson defeated Matt Thomas of Rowan County Senior High School in the tournament’s final round.  Rowan County had three finalists at this year’s tournament, and four elimination round participants, which was more than any other school.

Four extempers earned an automatic qualification to this year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University. Grant Markwell of Rowan County Senior High School moved off the TOC bubble and into this year’s field by placing fourth at the tournament. He had earned one qualifying leg at the Western Kentucky Hilltopper Classic in December. Those extempers that earned an automatic qualification at KESDA are indicated in italics in the results listing.

Here are the results of the 2014 Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association State Tournament:

Strategy: “Interping” Extemp

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by Logan Scisco

Although extemporaneous speaking is an analytical event that requires extempers to read about current events, draw conclusions from a variety of sources, and communicate the facts of the day to an audience that may or may not be proficient in the ways of the world, the delivery aspects of the event are sometimes lost in the shuffle when it comes to preparation and coaching.  Competitors become so nervous about remembering the growth rate of the Thai economy, the history of the Second Amendment, and the names of miscellaneous Obama administration officials that they forget to make their delivery stand out in a round.  Using your brain to remember information and regurgitate it on cue is only one element of extemporaneous speaking and the analytical nature of the event is not an excuse to not take a few cues from the interpretation world in refining one’s delivery to accompany one’s analysis.  This strategy piece will discuss the importance to three areas where “interping” one’s extemp can be valuable:  facial expressions, pacing, and vocal tone.

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of February 24th-March 2nd, 2014

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quiz-01Here is this week’s Extemp Central news quiz.  Good luck!

To access a list of all our old quizzes, click here.

2014 Salina High Central Invitational: Duran and Yates Enable El Dorado To Sweep Both Extemp Categories

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Salina High Central in Salina, Kansas hosted the last of at-large qualifying tournaments to this year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) last weekend when it held its Salina High Central Invitational. The Kansas-rich field featured varsity and novice competitions in International and United States Extemp and the tournament was cumulative. El Dorado High School (KS) possessed both champions in the varsity extemp categories as Trey Duran overcame a pre-final round deficit of six ranks to defeat teammate Megan Kline in International Extemp by one and Dakota Yates defeated Alexander Trobough of the Sumner Academy of Arts & Science by four ranks in United States Extemp.

In the novice categories, Spencer Mitchell of Shawnee Mission East High School (KS) defeated Alex Rickard of Newton High School (KS) by three ranks in International Extemp and Brett Kamber of Hutchinson High School (KS) beat Mitch Wagenheim of Shawnee Mission West High School (KS) by two ranks in United States Extemp. Kamber went straight 1’s in his final round.

The tournament did not have enough entries (13 extempers competed in International Extemp and 31 in United States Extemp) to grant legs outside of the varsity final rounds, so although United States Extemp broke to quarter-finals, only those who made its final round earned TOC qualifying legs. Although all of the finalists earned their first TOC qualifying leg, there are no more at-large qualifying tournaments remaining, so they will have to apply for an at-large spot to this year’s field. Since Kansas does not hold its state tournament until May 3rd, its state finalists this season will earn an automatic qualification to the 2015 Extemp TOC instead of this season’s event.

Here are the results of the 2014 Salina High Central Invitational (Click here for tab sheet)

The Farm Bill (2014)

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Two weeks ago, President Obama signed the Agriculture Act of 2014 into law.  The Agriculture Act of 2014 is the first farm bill to be passed since 2008, when Congress overrode President George W. Bush’s veto and passed the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.  The last Congress failed to pass a farm bill, but Republicans and Democrats were able to compromise and made the Agriculture Act of 2014 a reality.  The farm bill, which is passed every five years, is an interesting form of political theatre.  Republicans and Democrats from farming states typically support higher agricultural subsidies and funding for research, while liberal, urban Democrats and Republicans support funding for food stamps in the bill.  In fact, funding the food stamp program, also referred to as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is eighty percent of the Agriculture Act.  Fiscal conservatives and free traders typically blast the agriculture bill as bloated, wasteful, and harmful for developing nations, but due to politics it is very rare to see the farm bill produce significant savings for the U.S. federal government.

This topic brief will break down the history of American farm policy and facts about the most recent farm bill, discuss cuts made in the bill to the food stamp program that have been opposed by liberal Democrats, and then discuss how agriculture subsidies impact American trade policy and the U.S. budget.

Readers are also encouraged to use the links below and in the related R&D to bolster their files about this topic.

R&D: The Farm Bill (2014)

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Here is today’s premium R&D to accompany today’s premium topic brief on the farm bill (2014).

 

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 24th-March 2nd, 2014

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HOTtopics1. Is Bill de Blasio misguided in limiting the growth of New York City charter schools?
2. Who is the most vulnerable Senate Democrat in 2014?
3. What role should states play in making American education policy?
4. Will an e-mail probe in Wisconsin dampen Scott Walker’s 2016 presidential prospects?
5. Is it better for states to raise the minimum wage or have the federal government set a uniform national standard?
6. Can an expansion of online gambling help state economies?
7. Will Jan Brewer veto the Arizona anti-gay service bill?
8. Should California be split into six states?
9. Has President Obama’s environmental policy handicapped America’s economic growth?
10. What impact will food stamp cuts in the recent farm bill have on America’s poor?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 24th-March 2nd, 2014

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HOTtopics1. Is Ukraine heading for a partition?
2. What impact will the arrest of Joaquin Guzman have on the Mexican drug trade?
3. How will growing Saudi-Pakistani ties affect the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East?
4. Have international sanctions failed to reduce Robert Mugabe’s hold on Zimbabwe?
5. Has the Bolivian government done enough to respond to recent floods?
6. Matteo Renzi: The answer to Italy’s political and economic dysfunction?
7. If Scotland votes for independence, is it fit to join the European Union?
8. How should Vladimir Putin approach the Ukrainian situation?
9. Did Maduro’s government err by imprisoning Leopoldo Lopez?
10. Has China’s growing economic clout given it more leverage over how the rest of the world interacts with the Dalai Lama?

Know Your District’s NFL Qualifiers? Send Them Our Way!

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With NFL Districts beginning their qualifying tournaments for this year’s national tournament, we would like to begin assembling qualification lists for those extempers who will be competing in Overland Park, Kansas this year in International and United States Extemp.

If you have the information from your NFL District, please send it to me at [email protected].

When sending the information, please provide the following:

  • The name of the NFL District and the state that is located in
  • The names of those who will be ATTENDING nationals in IX and USX. Please do not send us the names of those who technically qualified, but opted to go in another event. We only want the names of those who will be going in the categories to avoid confusion.
  • The schools those competitors attend.
  • IF your district has an automatic qualifier from last year’s NFL Tournament (a competitor that reached finals or semi-finals in IX and USX) and that person will be going back to NFL in that event, please let us know. If you are an automatic qualifier and want to give this information to us yourself, fantastic!

As always, thank you to our loyal readers who help us assemble our results and qualifiers list each year.

2014 Alaska School Activities Association State Tournament: South Anchorage Sweeps Both Extemp Categories

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East Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska played host to the 2014 Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bank State Championship tournament and South Anchorage High School swept both extemporaneous speaking categories. Kari Marie Jahnsen gave South Anchorage its third state championship in International Extemp in four years as she defeated Ina Flood of West Anchorage High School. Skyler Hektner gave South Anchorage its first title in United States Extemp since 2011 when he defeated Sam Erickson of Eagle River High School and Sawyer Birnbaum of West Anchorage High School, who was the defending champion in the category.

All of the extempers that made the final round of the state tournament earned automatic qualifications to this year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.

Here are the results of the 2014 Alaska Activities Association/First National Bank Alaska State Championship:

R&D from Prepd: Cyprus Peace Talks

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l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd, the only software built specifically for extemp. Prepd makes it easy to research, practice, and compete!  Visit www.prepd.in to learn more. Like Prepd on Facebook for special info and contests.

This R&D covers the Cyprus peace process.  Cyprus has been divided since 1974 into Greek and Turkish sections and the issue has created a political stalemate that complicates Turkey’s bid to join the European Union (EU).

 

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