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Madison West Open Online Forensics Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in Wisconsin.

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Welcome to the Madison West Open Online Forensics Tournament.  

Our 9th annual in person tournament was scheduled for one week after everything got cancelled in Wisconsin.  To give our students more feedback and opportunities to succeed in public speaking, we offer the modified online version.  

This tournament will be a single division meaning that students of all experience levels will be grouped together. High school and middle school students from all over the world are welcome to submit entries.  This tournament is asynchronous, a word we just learned because of the pandemic, which means links to pre-recorded videos of performances will be entered, and judges will judge at a convenient time during the tournament. 

We will have three preliminary rounds, and we hope to advance the top six to a final round. 

 

Schedule (all times CDT): 

Sunday, May 17, 5:00 PM - Entries and judges due

Monday, May 18, 10:00 AM (or earlier) - All 3 prelim rounds released, judges can access their ballots at ballots.speechwire.com

Tuesday, May 19, 5:00 PM - All prelim ballots due

Wednesday, May 20, 10:00 AM (or earlier) - Final rounds released, judges can access their ballots at ballots.speechwire.com

Thursday, May 21, 10:00 AM - Final round ballots due.  Final postings will be made as soon as possible.

 

Judges will be required. We ask for one judge for five entries.  All judges will be required to have a linked Speechwire ballots account.  

We offer these events, which are slightly Wisconsin-centric, but adjusted a bit for wider participation:

Dramatic Interp* - Also known as Solo Acting Serious.  10 minutes with no scripts, props or furniture.

Extemporaneous Speaking*** - Questions available here by 10:00 AM CDT May 17.  Videos from WHSFA or WFCA state may be submitted.  30 minutes prep, 7 minutes speaking, notecard allowed.  New questions will be emailed to all registered schools and posted here on Speechwire.  Competitors are on their honor to spend about 30 minutes prepping one question, then recording their speech right after prep.  That video is to be uploaded to youtube, and the unlisted youtube link is shared with the coach who adds it to the competitor's registration information by 5:00 PM CDT that same day, May 17.   Judging begins the following day, May 18. 

Humorous Interp* - Also known as Solo Acting Humorous.  10 minutes with no scripts, props or furniture.

Informative Speaking* - 10 minutes, notecard and visual aids allowed.  Wisconsin categories of Demonstration, Informative, and Moments in History should enter this. 

Original Oratory* - 10 minutes with no scripts or visual aids. 

Poetry** - 10 minutes with a manuscript.

Program of Oral Interp* - 10 minutes with a manuscript.  Wisconsin Farrago should enter this. 

Prose** - 10 minutes with a manuscript. 

Radio Announcing*** - News packet available here by 10:00 AM CDT May 17.  Videos from WHSFA or WFCA state may be submitted.  30 minutes prep, 5 minutes speaking.  New radio news packets will be emailed to all registered schools and posted here on Speechwire.  Competitors are on their honor to spend about 30 minutes prepping their news script, then recording their news broadcast right after prep.  That video is to be uploaded to youtube, and the unlisted youtube link is shared with the coach who adds it to the competitor's registration information by 5:00 PM CDT that same day, May 17.   Judging begins the following day, May 18. 

Special Occasion Speaking*** - 6 minutes, notecard and visual aids allowed.   Occasions are: Declining an award, Opening arguement for a trial, press conference for a product recall, or an end-of-year banquet speech (choose one)

Storytelling** - 8 minutes, tell a story while seated in a chair.  Wisconsin storytellers pick one story to enter.   Story topics are: Family, travel, being dirty/clean, or a story from or about Pacific Island cultures (choose one) 

All events have a 30 second grace period

*NSDA rules

**NSDA rules with a longer time limit

***WFCA rules

As with other online tournaments, the videos should be shot in one continuous take with no edits.  In fact, the same videos used in other online tournaments this season can be entered in this tournament.  Videos should be recorded and uploaded to YouTube as unlisted.   Detailed directions here

There is no limit to the number of events a single student can enter.  

Students advancing to finals will be posted, and three judges will judge the finalists.  The final places will be posted subsequently.  As this is a free tournament, there will be no hardware, but we hope the judge feedback, bragging rights, and NSDA points will encourage participation.  You may notice that Speechwire produces an invoice.  It shows $1 per entry and $20 per entry uncovered by a judge.  Those fees are optional, if you'd like to help defray the costs of Speechwire.  However, if your team lacks the required number of judges, and we don't have enough judges for the tournament, your entries may be dropped.  

Manager contact information

John Rademacher
Email address: jrademacher@madison.k12.wi.us
Phone number: 6083354837

Mailing address

145 Pine View Dr
Madison, WI 53704

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