Please Note for this tournament

  • Boxes and computers may be delivered to the Extemp Prep Room at 9:00 am on Wednesday.
  • EXTEMP HAS PRIORITY! If you are in other speech events, be sure you schedule your time so you do not miss your draw time. The times are fixed and if you are late to the prep room, your prep time is shortened. Extemp speaker positions cannot be switched or changed.

Extemporaneous Speaking

Description: In Extemporaneous speaking the competitor answers a given question based on a recent event in the news. The competitor, alone or as part of a club, researches national and international current events and may create reference files of newsworthy information. Extemporaneous speech should be regarded as a demonstration of personal knowledge on the topic, as well as an original synthesis of numerous sources.

Goal: To develop a well-informed student who can critically evaluate current issues by expressing his position on a given question. The speech should be delivered with credible, pertinent, and sufficient evidence to support his/her position on the topic.

The Centennial State Tournament will follow the Extemp rules on the Stoa Website

Extemporaneous Preparation Rules:

1. In Extemporaneous speaking the competitor, alone or as part of a club, prepares by researching national and international current events and may create reference files of newsworthy information which may be stored and organized on hard copies in file boxes or electronically.
2. The speech must be an original work, prepared during the Extemporaneous preparation time. Competitors may not bring pre-written speeches or outlines into the Extemporaneous Preparation Room.
3. Use of the Internet or accessing information located outside the Extemp Prep Room during the round is forbidden.
4. Each competitor must do his/her own work and must not talk to others or access information for the speech before or after leaving the Extemp Preparation Room.
5. Competitors may not use cell phones or any other electronic devices to contact anyone during Extemp prep time or before presenting their speech.

For more on the rules go to:

Extemp Rules
Extemp Room Protocol

Liability - Please read carefully

1. Students must accept full responsibility for the safety and security of their electronic devices for the duration of the tournament.
2. Tournament staff are not responsible for the devices at any time.
3. All electronic devices should be clearly labeled with the participants name and contact information.