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National Points Race October Update: Paltzik Champions Bronx, Kind Takes Blue Key

While October only had two tier four tournaments that were in the National Points Race, we saw two familiar faces from last month at the top of both tournaments.

The New York City Invitational (Bronx) was held from October 15th through the 17th. In first place was Yale champion McKinley Paltzik of Phoenix Country Day (AZ), earning herself 600 points for the National Points Race. In second place was NCFL champion Ananth Veluvali of Edina (MN), earning himself 500 points. In third place was Blue Key Champion Daniel Kind of Lake Highland Prep (FL), earning 450 points. Yale finalist Peter Alisky of Smoky Hill (CO) finished in fourth, earning himself 400 points for the finish. Rounding out the Bronx final round were Yale finalist Cameron Roberts of Jack C. Hays (TX) and Charles Hou of Plano West (TX) in fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Semifinalists at the New York City Invitational received 125 points each, and included Chirag Choudhary of Unionville (PA), Dev Ahuja of Solon High (OH), Karam Weigert of Woodrow Wilson (DC), Arjun Raman of Westwood High (TX), Praveen Kumar of Hawken (OH), and Kyle Letterer of Plano West (TX).

The Florida Blue Key tournament was held from October 29th through the 31st. Championing the tournament was Duke and NSDA Season Opener champion Daniel Kind, who not only won the final round but also managed to achieve a picket fence (achieving the rank of 1 from all judges) in the round. Kind earned himself 600 points, with his first place lead in the points race now extended to a whopping 1100 points. In second place was Marc Zavarro of Western High School (FL), earning himself 500 points for the Points Race, followed by Chirag Choudhary rounding out the top three. In fourth place was the only competitor from California in the final round: Michelle Jin of the Harker School (CA), who earned herself 400 points for her result. Rounding out the final round in fifth and sixth were the Plano West (TX) teammates Gabriel Bo and Kyle Letterer.

Non-advancing semifinalists at the Blue Key Tournament earned themselves 125 points each for their performance. Semifinalists included Kind’s teammate Isabel Mestey-Colon, Nicholas Blauz of the Nova School (FL), Katherine Peckham of Westwood High (TX), and Francis Olakangil, Joseph Thomas, and Rohit Vakkalagadda of Bellarmine College Prep (CA).

December will mark a month of strong competition across the extemp national circuit, as competitors aim to receive remaining invites to the Montgomery Bell Academy Round Robin, one of the most prestigious events throughout the season, which will be held in early January.

You can view full results for the New York City Invitational by clicking here

You can view full results for the Florida Blue Key tournament by clicking here

You can find current standings and more information about the National Points Race by clicking here

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