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Live from the 2011 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Nabeel Zewail Coasts to Victory in the Tournament and the Exhibition Round; Donahue Takes Second

The 2011 MBA Extemp Round Robin is now a part of history.  The 2011 winner is Nabeel Zewail of San Marino High School in California.  Zewail went wire-to-wire, never relinquishing first place during the ten rounds of the tournament.  He also took first place on nine of the eleven ballots in the Exhibition Round, which is an MBA record.  Both of Zewail’s national circuit victories have been in round robin tournaments.  He won the George Mason University Extemp Round Robin last month.  He is the first California extemper to win the Round Robin and the fourth extemper in the tournament’s thirteen year history to win the tournament and the Exhibition Round in the same year.  Nathaniel Donahue of Durham Academy in North Carolina, the leader in the National Points Race, placed second in the tournament.  In the Exhibition Round, Jared Odessky of Nova High School in Florida, who placed third in the tournament, finished second to Zewail.  The topic area of the Exhibition Round was recent news, as all questions were taken from news that had transpired over the last twenty-four hours.

The Exhibition Round was recorded by the National Forensic League and will be posted on NFL TV.  Jason Warren provided some post-round comments, which will make the video very insightful for extempers.  When the video is posted on NFL TV, we will link to it here at Extemp Central.

Live from the 2011 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Exhibition Round Participants Revealed (The Real Listing)

All ten rounds at the 2011 MBA Extemp Round Robin have come to a close.  Adam Johnson, the director of the Round Robin, has just finished announcing the five competitors who will compete in the tournament’s prestigious Exhibition Round.    These five competitors have placed in the top five of the tournament, although the order is unknown.  Also, the sixth place finisher at the tournament (who is not in the Exhibition Round but will be recognized at awards) will receive National Points Race points along with the top five.

Live from the 2011 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Final Pairings Are Released

The last round of draw at the MBA Extemp Round Robin has just gotten underway.  This is the last opportunity for competitors to earn a way into the Exhibition Round and secure their final placing in the tournament.  Exhibition Round participants are set to be announced at 1:35 p.m. CST and draw for that round will commence at 1:50 p.m. CST.

Live from the 2011 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round 9 Pairings Are Released and Day 3 Begins

Draw is currently underway for round nine, one of the last two rounds at the 2011 MBA Extemp Round Robin.  Extempers will finish these two rounds, have a lunch break, and the Exhibition Round participants will be announced shortly after 1:30.  The eighth round last night was a second experimental round, which is unusual because MBA typically only has one experimental round each year.  In this second experimental round, extempers were given hypothetical scenarios and a question to accompany each scenario.  They then had to answer that question in their speech.  For example, an extemper may draw “The Democrats win the 2010 midterm elections.  Where do they go from here?”  Extempers will be jockeying for position today, as the top five extempers will make the Exhibition Round this afternoon and the top six will receive National Points Race points.  In this round, Nathaniel Donahue and Nabeel Zewail, two of the top three extempers in the National Points Race will face off in section one.  Each extempers National Points Race rank is identified within parenthesis to the left of their name.

The topic area for this round is judicial, constitutional, and federalism issues.

Live from the 2011 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round 8 Pairings

Extempers are currently prepping for round eight, which is the last round of the second day of the MBA Extemp Round Robin.

Live from the 2011 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round 7 Pairings

The second to last round of the day is about to begin.  Each extempers National Points Race rank is indicated by a parenthesis next to their name.

The topic area for this round is international organizations.

Live from the 2011 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round 6 Pairings

The draw for round six is underway.  After this round, extempers will get a refresher and then complete two more rounds.  Each extempers National Points Race is identified in parenthesis next to their name.

The topic area for this round is domestic economics.

Live from the 2011 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round 5 Draw is Underway

Following lunch, the fifth round of the MBA Extemp Round Robin is getting ready to take place.  This round will be followed by round six and then a refresher from 4:45-5:30 CST until draw for the final round of the day takes place. Each extempers National Points Race rank is identified within parenthesis to the left of their name.

The topic area for this round is international hotspots.  The last round was an experimental round, where extempers were given the names of ten people and organizations.  After choosing one of the names, extempers were given tweets from these people/organizations and had to craft a question that the tweet could answer.

Live from the 2011 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round 4 Pairings

Draw for the fourth round of the 2011 Montgomery Bell Extemp Academy Extemp Round Robin is underway.  After this round there will be a lunch break for an hour and forty-five minutes.  Draw for round five will begin at 1:45.  Each extempers National Points Race rank is identified within parenthesis to the left of their name.

Live from the 2011 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round 3 Pairings Are Released

Day two of the 2011 Montgomery Bell Extemp Round Robin is about to begin.  Today is the busiest day of the tournament, with competitors engaging in six rounds throughout the day.  Each extempers National Points Race rank is identified within parenthesis to the left of their name.

The topic area for this round is domestic social.

MBA Extemp Round Robin Fast Facts

Excluding Montgomery Bell Academy, which three schools have had the most entrants to the Montgomery Bell Extemp Round Robin since its inception in 1999?

Live from the 2011 MBA Extemp Round Robin: Round 2 Pairings Released

After finishing up round one, competitors are currently prepping for round two.  This will be the last round of the first day of the tournament.  Each extempers National Points Race rank is identified within parenthesis to the left of their name.

The topic area for this round is international economics.

Live from the 2011 MBA Round Robin: Round 1 Pairings

Here are the pairings for the first round of the 2010 Montgomery Bell Extemp Round Robin.  The National Points Race rank for each extemper is identified within parenthesis to the left of their name.

The topic area for this round is domestic politics.


Kimia Dargahi, Amode Tembhekar, Jason Singh, and Nabeel Zewail conduct the first extemp draw at the 2011 Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin.

Poll: Which extemper will win the 2011 MBA Round Robin?


2011 Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin Schedule

Below is the schedule for the 2011 Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin.  Readers can follow this schedule so they know when to check back for postings and other tournament news.  Keep in mind that the times listed below have been converted from central time to eastern time. The tournament starts tomorrow evening and runs through Sunday afternoon.

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