Category: Nationals Results

2024 National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament: Cao Claims Title After Last Year’s Runner-Up Finish and Laps the Field to Do It

#20 Amy Cao of Ridge High School (NJ) won the first two National Points Race tournaments at the beginning of the season and she returned to her winning ways last weekend in Chicago, Illinois when the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) held its Grand National Tournament. Cao, who was runner-up at last year’s NCFL Grand Nationals, won a commanding victory, doubling up her nearest competitor, Max Smith of Ronald Reagan High School (WI), in cumulative ranks to win her first national championship.

Cao has won each time she has made a National Points Race final round this year. Her victory is the first time in a decade that a New Jersey extemper wins the NCFL National Championship as Monica Coscia of Montville Township High School won in 2014.

There was a three-way tie for second place between Smith, #8 Taylor Burris of the Potomac School (VA), and Noah Darby of St. Thomas More Catholic High School (LA). The tie way broken based on final round performance, with Smith beating Burris by one rank and Burris beating Darby by two ranks for third place. Burris was the highest ranked competitor in the field and, like Cao, was also in finals last year. This was Burris’ third top three finish in a National Points Race tournament and her fifth National Points Race finals appearance this season.

Vasu Lakshmanan of Shrewsbury High School (MA), who reached Yale finals in the fall, placed fifth in their second National Points Race finals appearance of the season. Lakshmanan finished three cumulative ranks clear of sixth place finisher Chloe Leng of the Hawken School (OH), who was a finalist at the Florida Blue Key in October.

Some other notable finishers were #14 Siri Ural of Shrewsbury, who dropped in semi-finals after reaching finals at last year’s national tournament. #24 Kajal Parmar of Cary Academy (NC) reached quarter-finals and #21 Nick Pienkos of Marquette University High School (WI) dropped in octa-finals.

Cao will earn 150 points for her victory because the Grand National Tournament is a second tier event. All extempers who reached elimination round will earn points. New National Points Race standings will be posted next week.

Here are the results of the 2024 National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament (Click here for tab sheet):

2010 IDEA/NJFL Middle School Nationals: Ross Repeats as National Champion

Last week the National Junior Forensic League and International Debate Education Association National Middle School Forensics Tournament was held in Des Moines, Iowa and Gregory Ross of Sidney Lanier Middle School in Texas outlasted thirty-one other competitors to win his second consecutive NJFL extemporaneous speaking national championship.  Ross had the same cumulative score as Lilly Nellans of Callanan Middle School in Iowa but won because of judges preference.  Sidney Lanier had half of the participants in the final round.

Final results are listed below. A more complete listing can be found here.

NFL Nationals 2010: Baker and Fabbri Return With a Vengeance; Slinger Takes a Second National Trophy

Last night, the 2010 National Forensic League (NFL) national tournament concluded in Kansas City, Missouri.  Earlier in the day, the top six competitors in International and United States extemp battled it out and when the smoke cleared, Jacob Baker of Bellarmine College Prep (California) and Tyler Fabbri of Chesterton High School (Indiana) emerged victorious.  This was the second consecutive final round appearance for both extempers.  Baker’s victory is the second consecutive year that Bellarmine College Prep has left NFL Nationals with an extemporaneous speaking national championship.  Fabbri’s victory is the first by an Indiana extemper in United States extemp and he becomes the second extemper from Chesterton to win an extemp national championship at NFL since the USX/IX division was created in 1985.  Although Catholic Forensic League national champion Dylan Slinger of Lakeville South High School (Minnesota) was not able to obtain a sweep at NFL, he managed to finish second behind Fabbri and won the final round national championship.  Baker edged James Mohan of Danville High School (Kentucky) by judges preference in the International final round.

Final results are listed below.  A more complete listing can be found here.

2010 CFL Nationals: Final Extemp Results

Thanks to Andy Charrier of Lakeville South High School we’ve acquired the results for the top six at the 2010 Catholic Forensic League (CFL) Grand National tournament that was held in Omaha, Nebraska last week.  As we initially reported, Dylan Slinger of Lakeville South High School in Minnesota captured the title over James Mohan of Danville High School in Kentucky.  This was the third time in six years that a Minnesota extemper has won the CFL national championship.  Since Slinger is a junior, he will have an opportunity next year to become the first extemper to repeat as CFL national champion since Jason Lear did it in 2000 and 2001. He will also have the opportunity to become the third extemper to win both CFL and NFL National championships in the same year, which Kevin Troy and Akshar Rambachan, the last two Minnesota extempers to win CFL, accomplished in 2005 and 2007.

Here were the final results:

CFL National Champion:  Dylan Slinger (Lakeville South High School, Minnesota)
2nd: James Mohan (Danville High School, Kentucky)
3rd: Michael Barton (Regis High School, New York)
4th: Mirza Germovic (Des Moines Roosevelt High School, Iowa)
5th: Bo Lint (Suncoast Community High School, Florida)
6th: Meera Sury (Roseville Area High School, Minnesota)

After CFL posts its complete results packed, Extemp Central will be able to enter the 25 pts. for the six semi-finalists at the tournament (the two that we know of are Forrest Richardson of Savannah High School in Missouri and Emily Martin of Boone County High School in Kentucky) and update the National Points Race accordingly. Congratulations to the finalists and Extemp Central wishes them the best of luck in Kansas City.

CFL Nationals Update: Dylan Slinger Captures National Championship; Mohan Finishes Second

Full results from the 2010 Catholic Forensic League Grand National tournament have not fully come in, but from what we have gathered Dylan Slinger of Lakeville South High School in Minnesota, the reigning Minnesota state champion and Extemp TOC finalist last year, has emerged victorious.  Jamie Mohan of Danville High School in Kentucky, the champion of this year’s Barkley Forum tournament and the eighth ranked extemper in the National Points Race has finished second.  Reports also indicate that Mirza Germovic of Des Moines Roosevelt High School in Iowa, who was a finalist earlier in the month at the Extemp TOC and is ranked twelfth in the National Points Race, was in the final round but his finish is unknown.

NFL (NSDA) Nationals 2009: Chen Triumphs, Larson Avenges ’08 Defeat, and Bellarmine College Prep Rolls

The 2009 NFL National Tournament has recently concluded in nflbamaBirmingham, Alabama. After five brutal days of competition, Stacey Chen of North Allegheny Senior High School in Pennsylvania emerged victorious in International Extemp by one rank and Evan Larson of Bellarmine College Prep in California captured the United States Extemp championship by a three rank margin. As a team, Bellarmine College Prep had an impressive showing, with second and third place finishes in IX to accompany Larson’s win.  Meanwhile, CFL National Champion Alex Draime was denied a bid to capture a second national championship, as he placed fourth in U.S. extemp.

Below are a listing of final results. A more complete listing can be found here.

International Extemp:

National Champion: Stacey Chen (North Allegheny Senior HS, Pennsylvania)
2nd: Will Rafey (Bellarmine College Prep, California)
3rd: Jacob Baker (Bellarmine College Prep, California)
4th: Luke R. Brinker (Topeka HS, Kansas)
5th: Sesenu Woldemariam (Lamar HS, Texas)
6th: Ryan Pollock (Mount Lebanon Senior HS, Pennsylvania)

Final Round National Champion: Stacey Chen

United States Extemp:

National Champion: Evan Larson (Bellarmine College Prep, California)
2nd: Taman Narayan (Leland HS, California)
3rd: Nicholas Cugini (Cypress Ridge HS, Texas)
4th: Alex Draime (Howland HS, Ohio)
5th: Tyler D. Fabbri (Chesterton HS, Indiana)
6th: John Mern (J.P. Taravella HS, Florida)

Final Round National Champion: Taman Narayan

To find out how this impacted the final results of the national points race, check Extemp Central by the end of the week when final individual and team points standings will be released!

CFL Extemp Results!

After receiving some assistance from the extemp community, here are the results from last week’s 2009 CFL National extemp competition. All of these people will receive points in the Extemp Central National Points Race, whose new standings will be released in the NFL edition of the Ex Files, set to be released next weekend.

1st: Alex Draime (Howland HS, Ohio)
2nd: John Lisman (E.L. Myers HS, Pennsylvania)
3rd: Phil Gillen (Regis HS, New York)
4th: John Mern (J.P. Talaverra HS, Florida)
5th: Audrey Denis (Berkeley Carroll School, New York)
6th: Manish Mehta (Howland HS, Ohio)


*Jane Kessner (Walt Whitman HS, Maryland)
*Luckmini Liyanage (Newton South HS, Massachusetts)
*Rebecca Moberly (Plymouth HS, Indiana)
*Emily Martin (Boone County HS, Kentucky)
*Robert Warchol (Robert Mooney HS, Ohio)
*JP Gooderham (Upper St. Clair HS, Pennsylvania)

Thanks to Stacey Chen, Joseph Dineen, and Matt Vansuch for providing information for this posting.

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