TFA State stands as one of the most, if not the ultimate, tournament for the Texas extemper. A chance to define your standing in your district, the tournament reflects both the individual dedication to, and local definitions of, the event of Extemporaneous Speaking. Here, Texas names are etched in stone. With the tournament just a week away, each team is hedging their bets(and their filing), and preparing for an intense weekend. Kate Fisher, as the current front-runner of the Texas Points Race and recent winner of Harvard, emerges as the spearhead of a strong International Extemp pack comprising multiple top-tens, from national finalist Nikhil Ramaswamy to Capitol City Round Robin winner Spencer Buckner. With 136 total qualifiers, the field is ripe for both strong tournament-wide showings as well as upsets and surprises; Danielle Maldonado’s recent strong finish at NSDA qualifiers, along with Sarah Lanier’s finals finish at Berkley means that anybody could stake a claim to the champion’s plaque.

Domestic Extemporaneous faces an equally diverse field; current 2nd-place Katherine Hu looking to finals since her 6th-place finish two years ago faces an exceptionally fluent sset of competitors–the 185 qualifier spread containing Jackson Freeman(7th) as well as Evan Ortiz(12th), as well as up-and-comers of Steven Manning of Anderson High School and Rene Otero of Hendrickson. Well-known for controversial rounds, the TFA State fields are likely to yield rooms well worth watching.

 

Topic Areas will be as follows:

 

  International Domestic
Round 1 The Americas Healthcare / Education
Round 2 Middle East & Africa US Politics
Round 3 Asia Energy / Environment
Quarters Europe The Judiciary
Semis International Economy US Economy
Finals International Relations (Triads) US Foreign Policy

 

Prelims will occur on Friday, March 10. Outrounds will be on Saturday March 11.

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