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2024 Extemp TOC: Morel Returns Plano West to the Winner’s Circle, Beats 40 Other Competitors to Win the Season’s Second Major

This year’s Tournament of Champions of Extemporaneous Speaking, hosted by Northwestern University, attracted a disappointing field of only 41 extempers for the national extemp circuit’s second major championship.

Sasha Morel of Plano West Senior High School (TX) won a decisive victory, beating Kajal Parmar of Cary Academy (NC) by eight ranks in the final round. Morel earned five of the seven available first place ranks.

Devarsh Borah of Edina High School (MN) rounded out the top three with a third place finish.  Borah finished four ranks behind Parmar.

#12 Taylor Burris of the Potomac School (VA) was the highest ranked competitor in the field and made the final round, placing sixth. The only other ranked competitor in the National Points Race who made elimination rounds was #18 Kate Liu of Plano East Senior High School (TX), who dropped in semi-finals.

Even though the field did not attract many of the extempers in the top 25 of the National Points Race, the final round featured extempers from five states.

Plano West had two extempers in the final as Abraham Zhang took fifth.

Morel is the first Plano West extemper to win the TOC since Jacqueline Wei in 2019. Plano West has had three champions at the event, including Morel, since 2018.  The school also won the tournament’s sweepstakes award.

All of the extempers that reached elimination rounds will earn National Points Race points.

Here are the results of the 2024 Tournament of Champions of Extemporaneous Speaking (Click here for tab sheet):

2011 Extemp TOC: TOC Qual Board is Updated to Reflect the Barkley Forum, the Schwan’s Speech Spectacular, and CSU Fullerton

The qualification board for the 2011 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions has been updated to reflect the results of last week’s Barkley Forum and Schwan’s Speech Spectacular tournaments.  Also, we have obtained the results of the Cal State University, Fullerton Tournament that was held in October thanks to Josh Samra, so those results are also reflected in the qual board.

Ten extempers qualified to the Extemp TOC after entering these results, bringing the total number of extempers qualified to 215.  California gained four quals, more than any other state, and is now tied with Florida with the second most number of quals at twenty-one.  Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee each gained one qualifier last week. Twenty-four extempers earned their first TOC leg last week and the total number of potential qualifiers now stands at 307. This weekend there are two TOC qualfying tournaments:  the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational in Pennsylvania and the Apple Valley Minneapple Speech Tournament 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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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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2011 Extemp TOC: The Qual Board is Updated to Reflect the MLK Invitational, the Crestian Classic, and Winston Churchill

The qualification board for the 2011 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions has been updated to reflect the results of the James Logan MLK Invitational, the Crestian Classic, and the Winston Churchill High School Tournament.  We were able to get complete results from all of the tournaments held last week and thanks to James Logan and Pinecrest for posting their results on Joy of Tournaments and Adam Johnson for giving us breaks at Winston Churchill.  Also, I appreciate some Florida extempers for sending me the Crestian result soon after the tournament finished.  Keep in mind that we still need the results from the Isidore Newman School Tournament and the Nevada Debate and Forensic Festival, so if there are any readers in Louisiana or Missouri, please get us information about these tournaments.

Seven extempers qualified to the Extemp TOC last week and after making a correction and adding Jason Singh of Green Valley High School in Nevada to the qualified list under category 2B, that brings the total number of extempers qualified to 199.  Texas has more qualifiers than any other state with 45 and Florida sits in second place with 21.  One hundred extempers earned their first TOC leg last week and the total number of potential qualifiers now stands at 284.  The Colombia Invitational is the only TOC qualifying tournament this weekend and 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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2011 Extemp TOC: TOC Qual Board is Updated

The qualification board for the 2011 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions has been updated to reflect the results of the Myers Park Laird Lewis Invitational, the Fayette Classic, the Sunvitational, and the Southwestern Championships at Arizona State University.  The qual board also reflects the non-finalist elimination round participants from the Alief Taylor High School Tournament.  We still need the results from the Isidore Newman School Tournament and the Nevada Debate and Forensic Festival.  Any help the community could provide in getting us these results is appreciated.

Eleven extempers qualified to the Extemp TOC last week, bringing the total number qualified to 191.  Fifty extempers earned their first TOC leg last week and the total number of potential qualifiers now stands at 192.  There are three qualifying tournament this weekend:  the James Logan High School MLK Invitational, the Crestian Classic, and the Winston Churchill High School Tournament.  E-mailing us the results of these tournaments, or at least a list of the names and school affiliations of all elimination round participants, shortly after they conclude will ensure that our TOC qual board is as accurate as possible.

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2011 Extemp TOC: The Qual Board is Updated!

The qualification board for the 2011 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions has been updated to reflect the results of the Alief Taylor High School Tournament, the Dowling Catholic Paradigm,and the Western Kentucky University Hilltopper Classic. We have also obtained the non-finalist elimination round participants from the George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Tournament, so those results have been keyed into the system.  However, we still need the names of the non-finalist elimination round participants at Alief Taylor and we need complete results from the Isidore Newman School Tournament.  Any help the community could provide in getting us these results is appreciated.

Eight extempers qualified for the TOC last week, which means that 167 extempers have now qualified for this year’s tournament. Texas added four qualifiers and continued to increase its lead among the states.  Texas has 38 qualifiers.  Iowa added three qualifiers and now has four.  Thirty extempers gained their first qualifying leg last week, bringing the number needing another elimination round appearance to qualify to 142.

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2011 Extemp TOC: Qual Board is Updated!

The qualification board for the 2011 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions has been updated to reflect the results of George Mason, Princeton, Bradley, and the University of Texas at Austin.  We still need the names of any non-finalist elimination round participants from the George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Tournament (Bradley), so if you have those please send them our way.

Last weekend, twenty-one extempers qualified for the Extemp TOC. This brings the tally of extempers who have now qualified to 159.  Texas added nine qualifiers to increase its qualifier lead to seventeen over Florida and Kansas.  120 extempers now have one qualifying leg and need another elimination round appearance to become a qualifier.

This weekend four tournaments host Extemp TOC qualifiers:  the Dowling Catholic Paradigm in Iowa, the Alief Elsik High School Tournament in Texas, the Isidore Newman School Tournament in Louisiana, and the Western Kentucky University Hilltopper Classic in Kentucky.  As always, if you have any results from these tournaments forward them our way so we can make sure our TOC qual board is as accurate as possible.

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Extemp Central Recognized at the Extemp TOC!

Yesterday, Extemp Central was recognized at the Extemp TOC awards ceremony for its role in assisting the high school extemp community.  Although the TOC Service Award was awarded to me, I would like to say that the award should be shared with Corey Alderdice, our website manager, as well as everyone who has worked for the site since it came online in the summer of 2006:  Michael Garson, Colin West, Hunter Kendrick, Sebastian Pyrek, Adam Johnson, Stacey Chen, Mark Royce, Ian Panchevre, Omar Qureshi, Akshar Rambachan, Nicholas Cugini, Max Webster, David Tannenwald, Bill Thompson, Rob Warchol, Sarah Anand, Matt Arons, and Evan Larson.

Also, thank you to everyone who has helped spread the word about Extemp Central.  It continues to grow and it is good to know that many programs and students have found it useful over the last several years.   Without your support, this website would not exist.  Look for the return of R&D (based on CFL/NFL topic areas) starting late Monday evening, the wrap up of this year’s National Points Race, topic area brief books for CFL & NFL Nats, and other resources in the run up to NFL Nationals in Kansas City!

Extemp Central thanks the Extemp TOC and its staff for the recognition.

-Logan Scisco

Live from the Extemp TOC: Zewail Earns Convincing Victory; San Marino (CA) & L.C. Anderson High School (TX) Place Two in Finals

After two intense days of competition, the eighth annual Extemp Tournament of Champions has concluded at Northwestern University.  On a day that began with the announcement of the 24 participants in quarter-finals, Nabeel Zewail of San Marino High School in California, a finalist at Yale, the California Invitational at Berkeley, and the Exhibition Round champion at this year’s Montgomery Bell Extemp Round Robin, marched through the tournament and won each of his elimination rounds to become the champion.  Zewail was joined in the final by San Marino teammate Oscar Wang, who made his second national circuit final appearance of the season.  L.C. Anderson High School in Texas also had a strong showing, with Haydn Forrest placing second and Shaan Heng Devan placing fifth in his second consecutive TOC final round appearance.  Mirza Germovic of Des Moines Roosevelt High School in Iowa, MBA participant and George Mason finalist, and Valerie Shen of James Madison Memorial High School in Wisconsin rounded out the final.  (More after the jump)

Live from the Extemp TOC: How Pairings Unfolded

Unfortunately, the lack of a wireless connection prohibited live coverage from yesterday’s elimination rounds at the TOC.  Despite that, this post contains the pairings for the quarter-final, semi-final, and final rounds so everyone can see how the tournament developed.  The number in parenthesis is the seeding of the extemper based on preliminary results.  It took a cumulative score of 32 across 11 ballots (the lowest rank of each extemper was dropped in prelims) to break to quarter-finals.

Live from the Extemp TOC: Day One is Complete, Bad News About Updates

The first day of competition at the Extemp TOC has concluded.  There were a few drops, which reduced the field to 67 competitors.  Quarter-finals is scheduled to go off tomorrow at 8 a.m., with an announcement of the 24 quarter-final participants scheduled at 7:30 a.m.  Unfortunately, Northwestern University wasn’t very accomodating with their wireless passwords for guests across the entire campus so the live updates we had planned will likely not be able to take place.  If anything changes, Extemp Central will let you know but results will be posted around 2 or 3 in the morning on Monday.

Some of the notable people competing in this year’s TOC include:  Nabeel Zewail, Oscar Wang, Nathaniel Donahue, Mirza Germovic, Shaan Heng-Devan, Haydn Forrest, Audrey Denis, Emily Martin, Amelia Martin, and Kat Leung.  There are others in the field, but these were some that were spotted at registration/early this morning.

Live from the Extemp TOC: Tournament Registration is Finalized

Registration for the Extemp TOC concluded several hours ago and Extemp Central can provide some information about this year’s eighth annual Extemp Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Northwestern University.  This year’s tournament has 69 competitors, which is twenty more than last year’s competition.  Tournament directors are attributing this to increased Texas participation in this year’s field and the lack of swine flu scares.  The expanded field will allow the tournament to break to quarter-finals on Sunday.  Also, unlike last year’s competition, all rounds will be held at Northwestern’s campus tomorrow and Sunday.

For those unfamiliar with the TOC, the tournament has six preliminary rounds of competition.  Each round has two judges and competitors have their lowest prelim rank dropped.  The first four preliminary rounds are preset and the last two are power matched.  In elimination rounds, the tournament utilizes five judge panels (seven for finals) and open cross-examination.  For competitors who do not make elimination rounds, there is a supplemental impromptu competition that they can enter.

Extemp Tournament of Champions (TOC): Extemp Topic Areas

The Extemp TOC, a third tier tourament in the Extemp Central National Points Race, is a little over two weeks away.  Thanks to the tournament staff of the TOC, Extemp Central has procured what the nine topic areas will be for the event.  For extempers who are attending and would like to have this information here you go:

*Domestic Politics
*Domestic Social Issues
*Domestic Economy
*US Foreign Policy
*Russia & Europe
*Asia & Middle East
*South America & Africa
*International Organizations & International Economy
*Hotspots

If all goes well, Extemp Central plans to do some live coverage of the tournament from Northwestern University’s campus.  So if you can’t attend the TOC we hope that you can follow the action of the tournament right here at Extemp Central in two weeks.

2010 Extemp Tournament of Champions (TOC): Registration is Posted

For those interested in competing in one of the more unique tournaments of the year, the Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions at Northwestern University, the registration form has been posted online at the TOC’s website.  The Extemp TOC has existed since 2003 and offers one of the more competitive fields of the season.  Last year, the top three competitors in the National Points Race:  Stacey Chen, Dillon Huff, and Matt Arons fought it out in the final round.  This year’s TOC is a third tier tournament in the Extemp Central National Points Race and it will award 100 points to the winner.

The tournament also boasts one of the stronger judging fields in the nation with former extempers and recognized high school and collegiate coaches evaluating extempers performances.  Extempers are guaranteed six preliminary rounds and for those that do not break to elimination rounds there is a supplemental impromptu competition that they can enter.

The cost per covered entry is $125 (one judge may cover two entries) and there is a $40 entry processing fee.  Extempers can look at the invitation for the tournament on the TOC”s website to see if they meet the eligibilty requirements.  The deadline for registering for the tournament and paying these fees is May 7th.

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements, you can submit a bid application.  The deadline for this is April 1st.  The cost of a bid application is $25.

Extemp Central plans to do some live blogging from the tournament this year so those that cannot make the tournament will receive updated information about pairings/results/etc.  However, it is hoped that extempers around the country plan to attend this year’s TOC.

2010 Extemp Tournament of Champions (TOC): Invitation is Posted!

The administrators of the Extemp Tournament of Champions have posted the invitation for the 2010 installment of their event on their website.  The tournament offers a solid field of competition and has six preliminary rounds and three elimination rounds.

The tournament will be held from May 14-16, 2010 at Northwestern University and is a must attend event.  The Extemp TOC is also a third tier tournament in this year’s National Points Race and will award 100 points to the winner.

To access the invitation to this year’s Extemp Tournament of Champions click here.

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