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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):

University of Kentucky TOC

2024 University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions: Reitman Wins Second National Points Event of the Year; Haider Takes Second

The national circuit resumed after taking a two-month pause for state championship competitions. 89 competitors attended this year’s University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions (TOC), kicking off the post-season phase of the National Points Race.

#17 Charlotte Reitman of NSU University School (FL) won her second National Points Race tournament of the season, winning the final round over #4 Waleed Haider of Hendrickson High School (TX) by two ranks. Nick Pienkos of Marquette University School (WI) finished third, one rank behind Haider and three back of Reitman.

Reitman is the first Florida extemper to win the UK TOC since Justin Graham of Trinity Preparatory School, who won in 2016.

The final round was close as five extempers each received a first place rank. What clinched the title for Reitman was receiving two second place ranks while other competitors received a worse mixture of ranks from the panel.

#15 Tyler Crivella of Seven Lakes High School (TX) finished fourth and #19 Ellie Sohn of Flintidge Preparatory School (CA) took fifth. Crivella was appearing in his third National Points Race final round of the year while Sohn was appearing in her fourth.

Arya Goyal of Scarsdale High School (NY) finished sixth.

Several other extempers in the top 25 made the trip to Lexington for last weekend’s event. #9 Abhijay Rana of Bellarmine College Preparatory (CA) dropped in semi-finals while #2 Brandon Cheng of Flintridge Preparatory, #12 Taylor Burris of the Potomac School (VA), and #16 Austin Bauman of Bellarmine College Preparatory made it to the quarter-final round.

Since the UK TOC was a third tier event, Reitman will receive 100 points for winning and all competitors who reached elimination rounds will earn National Points Race points. The next National Points Race competition will take place next weekend in Evanston, Illinois when Northwestern University hosts the Tournament of Champions of Extemporaneous Speaking, the season’s second major championship.

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

2024 California Invitational: Bauman Retains Bellarmine’s Hold on Championship, Spoils Tsoi’s Bid for Two National Points Race Wins by 1 Rank

Bellarmine College Preparatory (CA) has made it a habit of winning the California Invitational, taking three of the last five titles and this year was no different as Austin Bauman outlasted 129 other extempers to win the last National Points Race tournament of the regular season.

The tournament was cumulative from prelims and Bauman’s lead going into the final round allowed him to take the title as he won by one rank over #13 Evelyn Tsoi of Velasquez Academy (CA), who was appearing in her third National Points Race final round this season. Tsoi, who won the United States Extemp half of the James Logan MLK Invitational last month, won the final round but that was not enough to claim the overall tournament title even though Bauman took fourth in finals.

Like last year’s tournament, the final rankings of the tournament were close as #15 Abhijay Rana of Bellarmine, the winner of the International Extemp half at MLK, was a mere three ranks behind Tsoi. And Katherine Peckham of Westwood High School (TX), the only non-Californian in the final round, was one rank behind Rana. Peckham was runner-up to Tsoi in the final round after taking three first place ranks from the five judge panel and they made the biggest leap in the tournament from prelims to finals after they only cleared into elimination rounds by two ranks. Only a fourth and fifth place rank in the final round kept them out of the top three.

Bauman’s win was the second in a row for Bellarmine at the tournament after #7 Rohit Vakkalagadda won last season. Vakkalagadda’s bid for a second consecutive title, a feat that has not been done in 11 years, ended in prelims as he missed the break to elimination rounds by one rank.

Ethan Chen of Monte Vista High School (CA) took fifth place, finishing six ranks behind Peckham. And #17 Ellie Sohn of Flintridge Preparatory School (CA) reached her third National Points Race final round of the year and placed sixth. Sohn led the tournament after prelims.

Isaiah Sohn of Redlands High School (CA) and Ali Malik of Monta Vista High School (CA) were not able to replicate their final round finishes at last year’s California Invitational. Sohn dropped in quarter-finals and Mailk in octa-finals.

#23 Joy Hu of the Harker School in the tournament field but was not able to reach elimination rounds. Like Vakkalagadda, she missed the break by one rank.

Since the California Invitational was a third tier event, Bauman will receive 100 points for his victory and all extempers who reached quarter-finals will receive points. New National Points Race standings will be posted by next weekend.

Here are the results of the 2024 California Invitational (Click here for tab sheet):

2024 Harvard National Speech & Debate Tournament: Peddi Breaks Through at Last Regular Season National Points Race Tournament, Wins Final Four Against Three National Points Race Champions

239 extempers made up the largest field of a National Points Race this season when Harvard University hosted its annual National Speech and Debate Tournament on February 17-20 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a result of the high number of entries, the tournament was a second tier event.

#1 Sruti Peddi of BASIS Scottsdale (AZ) won the championship in commanding fashion, earning a six-rank final round victory that saw her earn four of the five available first place ranks. It is Peddi’s first National Points Race title this year after she made four previous final round appearances. Her victory marks the second consecutive time that an Arizona extemper has won Harvard as McKinley Paltzik won the title last season. And the 150 points she earned with this victory will enlarge her National Points Race lead.

Peddi won a final round against three other National Points Race winners. Second place was earned by #11 Waleed Haider of Hendrickson High School (TX), who won the United States Extemp half of the University of Texas Longhorn Classic in December. Haider swept up a majority of the second place ranks in the final round and was five ranks clear of the rest of the competition.

George Mason University Patriot Games winner Siri Ural of Shrewsbury High School (MA) earned a third place ranking, three ranks ahead of #18 Taylor Burris of the Potomac School (VA) and four ranks ahead of Stanford International Extemp winner #2 Brandon Cheng of Flintridge Preparatory School (CA). Burris and Cheng were separated by a mere rank for fourth place. Burris made her third National Points Race final round of the season while Cheng made his fifth.

Paul Fertig of Mounds Park Academy (MN) finished sixth, reaching a National Points Race final round for the second time this season. Fertig also finished sixth at the Apple Valley Minneapple Speech Tournament two weeks before Harvard.

While the final round featured a good number of previous winners this season, many ranked extempers were found in earlier elimination rounds and will earn National Points Race points. #12 Skyler Burrus of the American Heritage School – Palm Beach (FL) and #14 Kate Liu of Plano East High School (TX) made semi-finals, Glenbrooks champion #6 Lishore Kumar of Tomball Memorial High School (TX) and #25 Ishika Kothari of Plano East reached quarter-finals, and #3 Robert Zhang of Elkins High School (TX) qualified for octa-finals.

Due to the large number of competitors at Harvard, a few ranked competitors missed qualifying for elimination rounds. These included #10 Amy Cao of Ridge High School (NJ) and #19 Ronak Patel of American Heritage School – Broward (FL).

Here are the results of the 2024 Harvard National Speech and Debate Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):

2024 Stanford Invitational: Flintridge Preparatory’s Cheng and Sohn Have Impressive Performances; Cheng and Abrams win IX and USX in Online Event

The 37th annual Stanford Invitational took place online last weekend, hosted by Stanford University’s Stanford Student Enterprises division. The online nature of the tournament made it accessible to extempers throughout the country and 76 competitors battled in International Extemp and 58 entries did the same in United States Extemp.

Flintridge Preparatory School (CA) had a great tournament. #4 Brandon Cheng and Ellie Sohn led the way, taking the top two spots in International Extemp. The duo also placed second and fourth, respectively, in United States Extemp, giving them the best performances across both extemp categories.

Cheng captured his first National Points Race title in four final round appearances, beating Sohn by five ranks in the final round. Cheng only took one first place rank but his consistency was much better than other competitors, solidifying the win.

Second through sixth place in International Extemp was separated by a mere four ranks, attesting to how judges split in their decisions. Nathan Cai of Brophy College Preparatory (AZ) was third, Prajval Kesireddy of Solon High School (OH) was fourth, James Logan MLK United States Extemp winner #16 Evelyn Tsoi of Velasquez Academy (CA) was fifth, and Joy Hu of the Harker School (CA) placed sixth.

Kesireddy captured two of the five available first place ranks in the final round but scooped up fifth and sixth place ranks from the other three judges, dooming their composite score.

In United States Extemp, Matthew Abrams of George Washington High School (CO) won a four-rank win over Cheng.

The battle for second through fourth place was tightly contested as Cheng finished second by one rank over Hu and Hu was two ranks ahead of Sohn.  Aside from Cheng and Sohn, Hu was the only other extemper to final in both extemp categories.

Robert Fields of the Harker School (CA) and Samuel Ma of Bellarmine College Preparatory (CA) had a tight battle for fifth, with Fields finishing ahead by one rank.

#1 Sruti Peddi of BASIS Scottsdale was in the field but dropped in the semi-finals of both categories. #13 Kate Liu of Plano East High School (TX) entered International Extemp but did not clear to elimination rounds and #14 Abhijay Rana of Bellarmine College Preparatory (CA), who won James Logan’s MLK tournament last month in International Extemp, was eliminated in the semi-final round of International Extemp.

All of the finalists will receive National Points Race points since Stanford was a fifth tier event this year. To prevent double counting, an extemper’s highest finish will be awarded points.  Due to the number of entries and if the tournament is online for 2024-2025, it is in the running to move up a tier because of the wide geographic participation of this year’s event compared to prior editions.

Here are the results of the 2024 Stanford Invitational (Click here for tab sheet):

2024 Apple Valley Minneapple Speech Tournament: Lee and Zylstra Notch First National Circuit Wins of the Season

This season was the first that the Apple Valley Minneapple Speech Tournament has been part of the National Points Race. The tournament took place on February 3 in Apple Valley, Minnesota and extempers had the chance to earn points in International and United States Extemp. As expected, the tournament was a big draw for Minnesota schools as well as other schools from Midwestern states like Nebraska and Indiana.

In International Extemp Eunsol Lee of Woodbury High School (MN) captured the title, defeating Mina Bhargava of Edina High School (MN) and Anish Amin of Millard North High School (NE) by two ranks. Bhargava and Amin tied for second, with Bhargava winning a judges’ preference tiebreaker 3-2.

Claire Han of Munster High School (IN), who was previously ranked in the top 25 of the National Points Race, finished fourth, three ranks back of Lee.

Devanshu Shah of Eden Prairie High School (MN) placed fifth and Soren Peterson of Stillwater Area High School (MN) was sixth.

Nick Zylstra of Eastview High School (MN) won a hard fought battle in United States Extemp, defeating Aaimah Khawaja of Lakeville North High School (MN) by one rank. Zylstra only took one of five available first place ranks in the final round but that was enough to win as a fifth place rank doomed Khawaja’s composite score.

Kate Westlake of Woodbury High School finished third, two ranks ahead of fourth place finisher Nithin Palani of Eden Prairie High School and three ranks ahead of fifth place finisher Ella Larson of Moorhead High School (MN).

Paul Fertig of Mounds Park Academy (MN) was the sixth place finisher.

Since the Apple Valley Minneapple was a fifth tier event, all of the finalists in International and United States Extemp will earn National Points Race points. Lee and Zylstra will receive 40 points for their wins.

Here are the results of the 2024 Apple Valley Minneapple Speech Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):

TOC Qualifier Results: The Schwan’s Speech Spectacular

Here are the results of the 2011 Schwan’s Speech Spectacular, held on January 29th-30th at Marshall High School and Southwestern Minnesota State University.  The tournament was an Extemp TOC qualifier and all elimination round participants earned TOC bids.  Thanks to the tournament tab room for putting the results of the tournament online at Joy of Tournaments.

Champion:  Teagan Lende (Fargo Shanley High School, North Dakota)
2nd:  Ashesh Rambachan (Eastview High School, Minnesota)
3rd:  Nathan Leyes (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa)
4th:  Kyra Stephenson (Eagan High School, Minnesota)
5th:  Caitlin Moran (Eastview High School, Minnesota)
6th:  Catherine Chiodo (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa)

2011 Barkley Forum Complete Results: Taft Wins Second National Points Race Tournament of the Year; Donahue Second

Extemp Central has acquired the Barkley Forum’s cume sheet and can now present a more complete listing of results from last weekend’s tournament.  As announced last night, Isabelle Taft of Henry W. Grady High School in Georgia was the winner.  Taft is the first female extemper to win the Barkley Forum since 2005, when Courtney Otto of Kentucky Country Day School in Kentucky was the winner.  She is also the first sophomore extemper to win the tournament.  This is Taft’s second national circuit victory of the season, as she won the Wake Forest National Early Bird last semester.  Nathaniel Donahue of Durham Academy, who finished second to Taft at Wake Forest earlier in the season, placed second behind her again, but will increase his lead in the National Points Race due to his fifth second place finish at a National Points Race tournament this year.  Jared Odessky of Nova High School in Florida took third.

Here are the complete results from the Barkley Forum.  To access the tournament’s tab sheet, click here.

TOC Qualifier Results: The Columbia Invitational

Here are the results of the eleventh annual Columbia Invitational, held on January 21-23, 2011 in New York, New York.  The tournament was an Extemp TOC qualifier and all elimination round participants earned TOC bids.  Thanks to Vinay Viswanathan for providing us with the names of the elimination round participants and to the Columbia tabroom for posting the results of the tournament online.

Champion:  Curan Mehra (Scarsdale High School, New York)
2nd:  Audrey Denis (The Berkeley Carroll School, New York)
3rd:  Ben Constine (Yorktown High School, Virginia)
4th:  Lauren Moore (Cary Academy, North Carolina)
5th:  Ana Guay (Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York)
6th:  Ryan Cunningham (Fullerton Union High School, California)

TOC Qualifier Results: James Logan High School MLK Invitational

Here are the results of the James Logan High School Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitational, held on January 14th-16th.  This tournament was an Extemp TOC qualifier and all elimination round participants earned TOC bids.

U.S. Extemp

Champion:  Vijay Singh (Bellarmine College Prep, California)
2nd:  Madhu Vijay (Bellarmine College Prep, California)
3rd:  Kevin Ye (Gabrielino High School, California)
4th:  Kelly Wu (Leland High School, California)
5th:  Anna Diep (Gabrielino High School, California)
6th:  Kevin Ha (Gabrielino High School, California)

TOC Qualifier Results: The Sunvitational

Here are the results of the 3rd annual Sunvitational, held in South Florida at the University School.  The tournament was an Extemp TOC qualifier and all elimination round participants earned TOC bids.

Champion:  James Fishback (Western High School, Florida)
2nd:  Eryn Hughes (St. Thomas High School, Florida)
3rd:  Brandon Slotkin (Nova High School, Florida)
4th:  Bruno Mastrodicasa (St. Thomas High School, Florida)
5th:  Max Curtis (Nova High School, Florida)
6th:  Erica Turret (Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida)

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.

TOC Qualifier Results: Dowling Catholic Paradigm

In the midst of blizzard conditions, the 2010 Catholic Paradigm Tournament was held over the weekend.  The tournament is a major tournament in the Upper Midwest region and is a qualifier for the 2011 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions.  All of the extempers who made elimination rounds earned TOC bids.

Champion: Forrest Richardson (Savannah R3 High School, Missouri)
2nd: Eric Mattson (Lincoln East, Nebraska)
3rd: Samantha Karas (Lincoln East, Nebraska)
4th: Nathan Leys (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa)
5th: Taylor Johnson (Marshfield High School, Missouri)
6th: Kayleigh Courard-Hauri (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa)

TOC Qualifier Results: The George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Invitational

‎Here are the results from the George Armstrong Heart of Illinois Invitational, held at Bradley University on December 3rd and 4th.  This tournament was an Extemp TOC qualifier so all elimination round participants earned TOC bids.

Champion:  Ryan Cunningham (Fullerton Joint Union, California)
2nd:  Jackson Gzehoviak (Millard North HS, Nebraska)
3rd:  Bryton Hiatt (Plymouth High School, Indiana)
4th:  Alex Buckley (Downers Grove North High School, Illinois)
5th:  Emily Temple-Wood (Downers Grove North High School, Illinois)
6th:  Patrick Felke (Plymouth High School, Indiana)

TOC Qualifier Results: University of Texas Longhorn Classic

Here are the results from the 2010 University of Texas Longhorn Classic, held at the University of Texas at Austin on December 3rd and 4th.  This tournament was an Extemp TOC qualifier so all elimination round participants earned TOC bids.

International Extemp

Champion:  Arvind Venkataraman (Southlake Carroll High School, Texas)
2nd:  Brittany Bradshaw (Victoria East High School, Texas)
3rd:  Suchee Shah (Ronald Reagan High School, Texas)
4th:  Susan Czaikowski (Lamar Consolidated High School, Texas)
5th:  Nikita Kansra (Travis High School, Texas)
6th:  Tuyen Pham (Travis High School, Texas)
7th:  Nicole Vital (Lamar Consolidated High School, Texas)
8th:  Cristina Facci (Booker T. Washington High School, Oklahoma)

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