National Points Race

Here, you can find the standings for the 2022-2023 National Points Race, which will begin with the University of Kentucky Speech and Debate Season Opener on September 12, 2022 and conclude with the NSDA National Tournament on June 17, 2023. Standings will be updated at the end of every month, featuring the tournament news of the month.

While we acknowledge that plenty of extraordinarily talented extempers may not travel frequently, the National Points Race seeks to identify the “best” extemper across a series of widely-recognized tournaments in the United States. Our scoring system heavily values consistency and attendance at major circuit events.

You can find information on the methodology behind the National Points Race for the 2022-23 season here. We are always open to feedback on ways we can improve our scoring, including the addition or removal of tournaments and/or changes in point values across tiers. Feel free to send us suggestions at steve@extempers.org and james@extempers.org; however, no tournaments will be added/removed once competition begins.

Unfortunately, because the National Points Race is a volunteer project without a budget, there are no prizes given to the winners (other than recognition from your fellow competitors!).


Due to time constraints, there will not be a short description of each month’s happenings on the National Points Race page this season. If you’re interested in tracking how competitors are doing over time, go check out our Monthly Updates which review tournament results!

Current Standings (last updated after Bronx):

PlaceNamePoints
1stMcKinley Paltzik, Phoenix Country Day (AZ)1500
2ndTheodore Gerken, College Prep (CA)900
3rdKevin Li, Ridge (NJ)875
4thKyle Letterer, Plano West (TX)850
5thJonathan Tubb, St Mary’s Hall (TX)750
6thKatherine Lee, Plano West (TX)675
7thAmy Cao, Ridge (NJ)550
9thSruti Peddi, BASIS Scottsdale (AZ)500
10thMatthew Abrahms, George Washington (CO)450
T-11thCharlotte Reitman, NSU (FL)
Dev Ahuja, Solon (OH)
400
13thSebastian Barnes, La Salle (PA)375
T-14thEvelyn Tsoi, Velásquez (CA)
Elizabeth Wong, Durham (NC)
Caleb Chung, Pine Creek (CO)
Lauren Kim, Flintridge Prep (CA)
300
T-16thPhoena Lin, Plano West (TX)
Gabriel Bo, Plano West (TX)
Caleb Chung, Pine Creek (CO)
Lauren Kim, Flintridge Prep (CA)
Guhan Krishnan, Mason (OH)
250
21stSam Kang, Hawken (OH)225
T-22ndLahari Donepudi, Dublin Jerome (OH)
Devan Tatlow, Jackson-Reed (DC)
200
24thReece Christian, George Washington (CO)
Chloe Leng, Hawken (OH)
Eshaal Ubaid, Stuyvesant (NY)
Justin Ha, Stuyvesant (NY)
Ece Sarioglu, Lake Highland Prep (NY)
Nathan Thomas, La Salle (PA)
Riya Devroy, Millburn (NJ)
Matthew McGinn, Holy Ghost Prep (PA)
Kai Li, Stuyvesant (NY)
Zara Yusaf, Hackley
125

Previous Years:

2021-2022 National Points Race

  • Champion: Daniel Kind (Lake Highland Prep, FL)

2020-2021 National Points Race

  • Champion: Mukta Dharmapurikar (Durham Academy, NC)