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Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of April 28th-May 4th, 2014

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

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Brazil’s Struggles (2014)

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The last decade has seen Brazil’s rise as one of the economic powerhouses of the developing world and one of the leaders of moderate economic policies in Latin America.  Bolstered by high commodity prices, Brazil has managed to lift thirty to forty million out of poverty and acquire more international recognition, as evident by its association with other BRICS nations (Russia, India, China, and South Africa).  Brazil’s increased recognition is evident by its winning the hosting rights to this year’s World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.  However, like other BRICS nations, Brazil is beginning to see its economy slow down as a result of falling commodity prices, poor government management, and American monetary policy.  Although the nation has significant oil wealth and is still better off economically than the late twentieth century, it is still in need of dire economic and political reforms.  With a presidential election approach this October it is unlikely that reforms will come in the short-term, but the next presidential administration will be tasked with preserving the nation’s economic gains and preventing social tensions from exploding.

This topic brief will break down Brazil’s economic and security struggles while providing ways that Brazil can try to fix some of these problems.  It is hoped that the analysis contained in this brief can assist extempers when talking about Brazil since they are likely to get questions on the country in the near future pertaining to its ability to host international events and its upcoming presidential election.

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

R&D: Brazil’s Struggles (2014)

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Here is today’s premium R&D to accompany today’s premium topic brief on Brazil’s struggles (2014).

 

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 28th-May 4th, 2014

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HOTtopics1. What role should international organizations take to reduce the fighting in South Sudan?
2. Is Morgan Tsvangirai causing the weakening Zimbabwean opposition movement?
3. How can Russia establish a larger foothold in Latin America?
4. Have anti-Maduro protests run their course?
5. Who will win the Afghan presidential runoff?
6. How can South Korean President Park Geun-hye deflect criticism of her government’s handling of the Sewol ferry disaster?
7. Is the BRICS wall falling down?
8. The Israeli-Palestinian peace process: is the Oslo era nearing its ending?
9. Will the upcoming European elections make the UKIP a major force in British politics?
10. Is Saudi Arabia effectively responding to MERS?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 28th-May 4th, 2014

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HOTtopics1. Has President Obama done enough to reassure America’s Asian allies?
2. Fracking: an environmental danger or the key to American energy independence?
3. Is campaign finance reform necessary to save American democracy?
4. Should mobile phone manufacturers be required to install “kill switches” on their products?
5. What’s behind Amazon’s poor profit numbers?
6. Will an upcoming push by LGBT groups for legal protections in Southern states succeed?
7. Should states be able to link a work requirement to Medicaid benefits?
8. What would be the best way to cut the U.S. defense budget?
9. Would a summer push for immigration reform by Republican leaders erode the GOP’s chances of winning the midterm elections?
10. What should the NBA do with Donald Sterling?

2014 NFL/NSDA Nationals: Qualification Board Update (4/26)

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We have a smaller update to make this week to our 2014 National Forensic League (NFL)/National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) qualification boards.  We received the IX qualifiers from the Virginia district (as well as an auto-qual from that district in USX) and made an adjustment to the USX qualifiers from the New York City district.  As the district tournament wind down, we expect a few more gradual updates.  If you do not see your district results or qualifiers on our page, please send them to me so we can try to assemble the most complete qualification board possible.  Thank you to those who sent us results last week.

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 from previous weeks or after this week’s district tournaments conclude, 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.

2014 Minnesota High School League State Speech Tournament: Erhardt Defends Class A Title; Adelman Outduels Stromme in Class AA

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The Minnesota High School League State Speech Tournament usually attracts attention due to the state’s success over the last decade at the CFL and NSDA national tournaments. The tournament divides its schools into two classes: Class A and Class AA. This year saw Sydney Erhardt of Cannon Falls High School repeat as the Class A state champion and she won the final round by three ranks over Shane Price of Mankato Loyola Catholic School. Nicole Riegert of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School took third place.

In Class AA, two prominent competitors at last year’s NSDA National Tournament faced off in the final round. Dylan Adelman of Lakeville South High School, a semi-finalist in last year’s NSDA International Extemp category, defeated last year’s U.S. Extemp finalist Adam Stromme of Eagan High School by two ranks. Adelman’s win is the first by an extemper from Lakeville South since Dylan Slinger won consecutive state championships in 2010 and 2011. Andrew Urevig of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School finished third and Haley Brahmbhatt of Chanhassen High School, who won the Chanhassen High School Tournament (a TOC qualifier held a few months ago), finished fifth.

The finals of both classes were dominated by seniors as evidenced by only four underclassmen extempers earning bids to next year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University. They are indicated in italics below.

Here are the results of the 2014 Minnesota High School League State Tournament (Click here for tab sheets):

2014 North Dakota High School Activities Association Class A State Speech Tournament: Startz Gives Fargo Shanley Another Title; Four Qualify for the 2015 TOC

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North Dakota classes its state speech competitions and the North Dakota High School Activities Association Class A State Speech Tournament took place at Jamestown High School on April 12. Thomas Startz continued Fargo Shanley High School’s dominance in extemporaneous speaking, winning the state championship over William Fleck of Mandan High School. Since 2009, Fargo Shanley has won the state extemporaneous speaking title. Kelsey Becker of Jamestown High School took third place.

Four underclassmen made the final round of the state tournament and have earned their qualifications to the 2015 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions at Northwestern University. They are indicated in italics in the results listing.

Here are the results of the 2014 North Dakota High School Activities Association Class A State Speech Tournament:

R&D from Prepd: Regulating E-Cigarettes

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This R&D provides resources on the regulation of e-cigarettes.  Electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, are battery powered devices that simulate smoking, but give off vapor instead of cigarette smoke.  Users get the same nicotine high from using an e-cigarette that they would from smoking a regular cigarette.  Proponents argue that they are less harmful than cigarettes and help people quit smoking, but opponents say that they need to be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are a vehicle for making smoking behaviors look appealing to non-smokers (especially minors).  The FDA has recently proposed several rules for e-cigarettes, including age and sales restrictions.

 

R&D from Prepd: The Future of NATO

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This week’s R&D breaks down the future of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  Established in 1949 in the early stages of the Cold War, NATO was part of the U.S. containment strategy against the Soviet Union and was meant to deter Soviet aggression toward Western Europe.  With the Cold War now over, NATO has struggled to define a new mission for itself.  However, recent actions by Russia in the Ukraine may give NATO a renewed sense of purpose in the twenty-first century.

2014 Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association State Tournament: Rende and Hobbs Repeat; Six New Champions Crowned

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Oklahoma divides its state tournament competition into four groups (3A-6A) and then separates those groups into International and United States Extemporaneous Speaking categories. In 6A, Booker T. Washington High School had a great run as Arel Rende, this year’s Harvard winner and last year’s NFL national champion in U.S. Extemp, won his third straight state championship in U.S. Extemp. Rende’s teammate Patrick Wilson won International Extemp. In 5A, Josh Yoo of Metro Christian Academy won International Extemp and Peter Simmons of Bishop Kelley High School won United States Extemp. Muldrow High School swept the 4A categories as Taylor Putnam won International Extemp and Jessie Hearn won United States Extemp. And in 3A, Eli Hobbs of Haskell High School won International Extemp for the second straight year and Tom Crews of Okarche High School won United States Extemp.

All of the underclassmen that made the final round in their respective extemp category earned an automatic qualification to the 2015 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University. Nineteen extempers qualified to next year’s TOC through this avenue and they are indicated in italics below.

Here are the results of the 2014 Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association State Tournament:

2014 New York State Forensic League State Championship Tournament: Piro Keeps the Title With Iona Preparatory; Regis HS Takes Second and Third

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Iona Preparatory School continued its hold on the New York state extemporaneous speaking championship as Graham Piro won this year’s New York State Forensic League Championship Tournament two weeks ago. The tournament, held at Delaware Academy in Delhi, New York, saw Piro win his first state championship, the second in as many years for Iona Preparatory, by one rank over Christopher Lee of Regis High School. Piro entered the final round two ranks behind, but won the final round by three ranks to win the cumulative tournament. Lee’s teammate, Michael Faucher, finished third as Regis placed more extempers in the final round than any other school.

Three underclassmen extempers earned qualifications to next year’s Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University based on their placing in the final round.

Here are the results of the 2014 New York State Forensic League Championship Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):

Strategy: Preparing for Nationals

by Logan Scisco

In just a month’s time, the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) will host its national tournament and that will be followed a few weeks later by the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA – formerly National Forensic Association – NFL) National Tournament.  For many extempers, there is a lag time of a month or more between when their local circuit ceases competition and attending nationals.  This is a time when skills can erode if an extemper is not practicing or keeping up with national and international events.  Even extempers that are still competing on their local circuits into April risk burnout if not given enough time to mentally decompress and prepare for the challenge of competing against extempers from all parts of the United States at these national tournaments.

This strategy piece will discuss ways that extempers can adequately prepare for each national tournament.  I highly recommend extempers that have qualified to either competition to search Extemp Central for strategy pieces that have been written by past national champions and competitors as they will supplement the tips contained here.  The Internet is a great tool for acquiring a lot of advice on extemporaneous speaking and extempers should use it to their advantage as they prepare for Chicago and Overland Park this year.

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of April 21st-27th, 2014

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

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2014 Massachusetts Speech and Debate League State Tournament: Freshman Sloane Upsets Primack; Newton South Places Three in the Final Round

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The Massachusetts Speech and Debate League hosted its State Championship Speech and Congress Tournament on April 5th at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, Massachusetts. The tournament featured an upset as Marshall Sloane of Milton Academy, a freshman, defeated George Mason University Patriot Games winner Jasper Primack of Newton South High School. In the cumulative tournament, Sloane defeated Primack by two ranks, but Primack won the final round. Sloane becomes the first Massachusetts state extemp champion for Milton Academy since 2008. Since both competitors are underclassmen, it is very likely that Sloane and Primack will be battling again at next year’s tournament.  Newton South had three extempers in the final round, which was more than any other school. Primack’s temmate, Jason Ma, finished in third place.

The underclassmen who made the final round of the Massachusetts state tournament earned bids to the 2015 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions (TOC). This applied to the top four finishers of the tournament and they are indicated in italics in the results listing.

Here are the results of the 2014 Massachusetts Speech and Debate League State Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):

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