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Topic Analyses

What is the “Pink Tide” ?

Summary: The “Pink Tide” is happening for the second time, but this time different issues are being looked at. In this article, Annika Anand gives a brief introduction on the “Pink Tide” and explains what the future holds for the movement.

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Topic Analyses

What Reaching the Debt Ceiling Really Means

The debt ceiling, a primary cause of debate for partisan politics, was reached over the past week. In this topic analysis, Akshita Krishnan talks about what this means for the economy and American politics.

Weekly Questions: January 30th – February 4th

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Letter: On Failure

After a challenging tournament, an alumni and former captain penned this letter to his high school team. It addresses the most formidable challenge we face as speakers and as people: failure.  Hello team! It’s 4:45 in the morning (quarter to five for my fellow Brits) here in London, but there are more important things to […]

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Book Summary

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

In his 2014 memoir Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson documents his career dealing with the criminal justice system and its history of unjustly targeting and incarcerating Black Americans.

Weekly Questions: January 23rd – January 29th

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MBA Update

The Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin, a prestigious Tier 1 ranked tournament, recently concluded (1/7-1/8). Major changes were seen in the top 15 of our National Points Race, though McKinley Paltzik (Phoenix Country Day, AZ) maintained her position in first by winning the tournament and earning 1500 points. In second, Phoena Lin (Plano West, […]

Weekly Questions: January 16th – January 23rd

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Weekly Questions: January 9th – January 15th

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Book Summary Extemp Content and Strategy

Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power

Published in 2017, Howard W. French provides excellent historical context to understand some of the motivations behind China’s modern-day behavior.

Weekly Questions: December 19th – December 25th

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Delivery

Becoming a Better Extemper: Considering Interp (pt.4)

In the final part to a series on using Interp to build Extemp, Akshita Krishnan discusses body language.

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Delivery

Becoming a Better Extemper: Considering Interp (pt.3)

In the third installment in a series of using Interp to build Extemp skills, Akshita Krishnan is back to talk about humor in terms of both of these events.

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Delivery

Becoming a Better Extemper: Considering Interp (pt.2)

Akshita Krishnan is back to discuss the technicalities of using interp to improve your extemping. In the second part to this series, she talks specifically about the emotional aspect of a speech, and how interp helps to develop passion.

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Delivery

Becoming a Better Extemper: Considering Interp (pt.1)

Letting your personality shine in a speech is often what sets you apart from other speakers in a round, allowing you to establish your abilities as a speaker to the judge. In this multi-part series, Akshita Krishnan discusses using Interp as a way to build your speaking style.

Weekly Questions: December 12th – December 18th

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Glenbrooks Update

At this year’s Glenbrooks tournament, held from 11/18 – 11/21, we had many competitors gain big points at this tier 3 tournament! Championing this tournament is this year’s current leader in points McKinley Paltzik (Phoenix Country Day, AZ), earning herself 900 points, earning straight 1s in finals. In second, also from Arizona, is Sruti Peddi […]

2023 Montgomery Bell Academy Invitees Released!

The Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) Round Robin is a 16 person, invite-only tournament, widely recognized as the most prestigious round robin in the nation. The tournament will take place in Nashville, Tennessee from January 7th to January 8th. Check out the invite list below and congratulations to all of those invited!

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Extemp Content and Strategy Miscellaneous

The Extemper’s Bible Prep Survey

We at The Extemper’s Bible have created a quick survey that we want you to fill out about the way you prep your speeches: tinyurl.com/yckjmd5h.

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Extemp Content and Strategy Miscellaneous

Narrating the Numbers

As we enter an intense competitive period of the national circuit season, Siri Ural discusses the importance of utilizing context to create pathos arguments. 

Weekly Questions: December 5th – December 11th

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Weekly Questions: November 14th – November 20th

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Weekly Questions: November 7th – November 13th

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Weekly Questions: October 31st – November 6th

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Weekly Questions: October 24th – October 30th

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Weekly Questions: October 17th – October 23rd

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The 2022-23 National Points Race is Back! & Methodology Changes

The Extemper’s Bible will again host a Nationals Points Race for the third year in a row. This point system will determine the country’s most consistent competitor across a series of nationally-recognized events. Following the model of the Extemp Central National Points Race, we will be using different tiers to determine the comparative difficulty of […]

Weekly Questions: October 10th – October 16th

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Weekly Questions: October 3rd – October 9th

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Weekly Questions: September 26th – October 2nd

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Weekly Questions: September 19th – September 25th

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Weekly Questions: September 12th – September 18th

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Weekly Questions: September 5th – September 11th

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Delivery Extemp Content and Strategy

The Extemper’s Bible, The Book

Guess what? We have a book now. It’s name? Well, the title of our website. By Krish Shah with Govind Pattathil and Vikram Sundaram as contributors.

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Miscellaneous

Calling All Speakers, 2022-2023 Leadership Applications

Want to write for or work at The Extemper’s Bible? Here’s your chance to join!

Weekly Questions: August 29th – September 4th

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Weekly Questions: August 22nd – August 28th

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Changes to Weekly Questions + Questions: August 15th – August 21st

Read here for updates on how Weekly Questions will be developed. Happy practicing!

Extemp Camp Opportunity

Ananth Veluvali and Peter Alisky, two extempers who help run the Extemper’s Bible, are offering a high-quality, low-cost extemp camp in August virtually. Extempers of all experience levels are invited to learn from national champions in activities ranging from content lectures, delivery drills, substructure, strategy, practice speeches, and much more. Find more information at paramountprep.org. […]

Weekly Questions: Summer Feedback

As the 2021-22 season draws to a close, the Extemper’s Bible would like to solicit feedback on its Weekly Questions scheme to ensure that it continues being a valuable resource to all extempers. If you have a free moment, please fill out the form below. You can send any additional thoughts you may have to […]

Congratulations to our 2021-22 National Points Race Champion and Top Placers!

The 2021-22 season has come to a close, and the Extemper’s Bible is ready to crown a champion! Congratulations to Daniel Kind of the Lake Highland Preparatory School, Florida for being the nation’s top Points Race performer this year with 10,750 points! Kind is the first-ever NPR competitor to break the five digit mark, and […]

Weekly Questions: June 6th – June 12th

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Weekly Questions: May 30th – June 5th

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Extempers’ Favorite Podcasts: A Quick Survey

Are you a podhead? Look no further! In this article, Ananth Veluvali asks some extempers from around the circuit for their favorite news-related podcasts. Apologies in advance for the gratuitous use of emojis 🙂

Weekly Questions: May 23rd – May 29th

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Extemp Content and Strategy

Practice makes Perfect – A Collection of Practice Routines

Kevin asks some of his favorite extempers what they’ve done to practice for TOCs. Definitely not a last minute Spring Break grind session…

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National Points Race

2021-22 National Points Race, January/February Update: Kind takes Sunvite and Barkley Forum, Zavarro wins Harvard, Frank Mc-Pheter, Olakangil, Ververis, Chien, Sistla, and Vandenburg take wins

Welcome to the fourth update for the 2021-22 National Points Race! In this edition, we discuss changes made to the Points Race in regards to replacing the Stanford Invitational, and cover the results from Sunvitational, the Cavalier Invitational, the James Logan MLK Invitational, Barkley Forum, Harvard, Palm Classic, and the Cal Invitational. January and February […]

2021 Reflection: See Our Growth and New Direction

Happy New Year! In this article, founder Ananth Veluvali reflects on the success of the Extemper’s Bible in 2021, while also highlighting new leadership opportunities that have opened up. This is a MUST READ!

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 […]

The Extemper’s Bible is Running Its Own Tournament!

With the extemp season winding down, we wanted to provide extempers with a high-quality tournament to help prepare for state tournaments, the TOC and ETOC, NCFLs, and NSDA Nationals. Our judges are nationally- acclaimed extempers, and the tournament is open to anyone in high school and middle school. The link to register is below — […]

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Delivery Extemp Content and Strategy

A Collection of Quotes

Few things spice up a speech like a timely quote. In this article, we’ll go over some quotes that can be used in any extemporaneous speech and go over how to use them.