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WHSFA Open Virtual Speech Festival

Frequently Asked Questions


Entry Questions

  • Are there entry limits?
    There are no entry limits, neither by category, nor overall.
  • Can students double-enter?
    No; in order to give the most individual students opportunities, we are limiting entry to one category apiece. 
  • I am homeschooled or attend a virtual high school -- am I allowed to participate?
    If you live in Wisconsin, and are enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade during the 2019-20 school year, then yes. You would need to be entered by a parent, unless you're 18 or older.
  • Can coaches judge?
  • We just have a few judges. Can we volunteer for additional rounds?
    Absolutely. Please complete this form


Contest Questions

  • How will adjudication/judging/evaluation be done?
    Adjudicators must be registered with an email address. After registration closes, we will email all adjudicators instructions for accessing electronic ballots and evaluations, which will include links to unlisted YouTube videos for them to watch.  They will have about a week to complete their evaluations, which will be on a 25-point scale, rated for each evaluation criterion:
    1pt. - 
Missing elements, refer to evaluation criteria
    2pts- Needs many improvements
    3pts- Developing, needs additional coaching/practice
    4pts- Meets expectations, needs polish
    5pts- Mastery, exceeds expectations
    Read more here...

Category Questions

  • May I use a non-speaking assistant in Demonstration Speech?
    No, to ensure compliance with COVID-19 social distancing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
  • In Demonstration, should I consider setup and strikedown as part of timing?
    Yes, start recording before setup begins and after strikedown concludes.
  • How will Extemporaneous Speaking and Radio News Reporting Preparation work?
    Contestants will be provided questions or the packet from which to prep on Saturday, April 25 at 8am. They are asked to spend no more than 30 minutes of preparation, and immediately begin recording their presentation afterwards. This online festival will not have a means of verifying adherence to this rule; we ask participants to follow this rule to the best of their ability and honor. 
  • How will Impromptu Speech work?
    Contestants should start recording and select their prompt in front of the camera, and begin timing immediately. Just as at a contest, they have a total of five minutes in which to prep and speak, which they may divide as they see fit. This online festival will not have a means of verifying adherence to this rule; we ask participants to follow this rule to the best of their ability and honor. 
  • Must I provide a digital list of works cited?
    WHSFA is suspending that requirement for the online festival, due to logistical considerations.
  • Which Storytelling topic should students perform?
    Student may choose one topic and perform that story. They should announce which topic prior to performing.
  • Can my Group Interp/Play Acting group record a teleconference of them performing?
    Unfortunately, there are just too many issues and liabilities to make that available to all, but since there are no entry limits, any group members can try an individual/solo category. See the next Q/A for further elaboration.
  • Can my Group Interp/Play Acting group record a video for the fall/autumn make-up festival?
    If it is deemed appropriate for social distancing guidelines to be lifted by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and/or Wisconsin Department of Health, yes. Specific rules for that festival will be released online ahead of the festival. We would allow individual students who were part of a 2020 group but who participated in the spring virtual festival to submit a second entry as part of a group for a fall festival, if social distancing guidelines have been lifted.
  • What WFCA accommodations will be made?
    We will instruct adjudicators/judges in -- Farrago/Poetry/Prose, to allow for manuscript to be used as a prop, but subject to critique in evaluation; in Poetry/Prose, allowance for selections of up to 10 minutes (for Oral Interpretation of Literature).  


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