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  • There will be two preliminary rounds with a total of three judges (in one of the rounds there will be two judges). 
  • The top students in events with at least 8 competitors will be advanced to the final round, and no more than half the total entries will advance. 
  • Students will compete for gold, silver, and bronze in platform and interpretation categories, in limited preparation there will be 2 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze.  


  • The four NPDA rounds will be randomly matched. 
  • The top two teams in each division will advance to the Gold/Silver round. 
  • The next two teams out will both earn bronze.
  • The first four IPDA rounds will be randomly matched. 
  • The fifth round will be power-matched within brackets based on the results from the first two rounds.
  • The top 20% of competitors will advance to the bronze round and matched to maximize debating (we will break brackets). 
  • The winning competitors will advance to the gold/silver round. 


  • The top three programs will earn gold, silver, and bronze sweepstakes awards based on the results from finals
  • In debate, gold = 15 points, silver = 10 points, bronze = 5 points
  • In speech, gold = 11 points, silver = 9 points, bronze = 7 points, finalist = 5 points
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