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Saginaw Valley State University 


Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League Invites YOU!

Saturday, September 26th

Virtual Workshop and Tournament 



The Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League would like to invite you to this one-day, VERY short, VIRTUAL tournament and workshop on Saturday, September 26th from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. The tournament will be hosted using a combination of Yaatly and Zoom. Noncompeting students are welcome to attend all or any part of the day. Noncompeting student entry fees will be included in the fees below. Competing students must attend all three competition rounds and are welcome to also attend the workshops rounds.  We are offering four events, and a competitor will present their selection at these times:


9:30 - 10:30 Rd. I (Prose, Informative, DI, Impromptu)

10:45 - 11:45 Rd. II (Prose, Informative, DI, Impromptu)


**All competition rounds will take place on Yaatly. More details soon.


12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on your own


Workshops will be held on Zoom at the following times:

1:00 – 1:30

  • Extemporaneous Speaking: Patrick Seick (EMU)
  • Informative Speaking: Amy Pierce (SVSU)
  • Poetry Interpretation: Hananiah Wiggins (EMU)

1:40 - 2:10

  • Impromptu: Erik Breidinger (SVSU)
  • Persuasive Speaking: Tim Ward (EMU)
  • Prose/Dramatic Interpretation: Amy Johnson (EMU)
  • After Dinner Speaking: Alex Azzopardi (Wayne)

2:20 – 2:50

  • Program Oral Interp: Hananiah Wiggins (EMU)
  • Rhetorical Criticism: Sean Kolhoff (Ferris)
  • Duo: Ryan Rigda (SVSU)
  • Tournament Norms and Expectations: Shannon Flory (Wayne)

          **More details soon. 

3:00 – 3:30 Awards on Zoom


If you are a current student at a Michigan college, early college, or university then you are welcome to compete. If you are a director or coach and you have students who plan to compete, please enter your team! All final entries should be in by Monday, Sept. 21 at 5pm. If you are from a school with an existing program, please register all students, coaches, and spectators using the attached Excel sheet. Excel sheets can be emailed to Ryan. If not, please contact Ryan Rigda at rsrigda@svsu.edu so he can add you to the tournament. You will need to include email addresses for all students, coaches, and spectators. 




ENTRIES & JUDGES: Each student, coach, and tournament spectator will be charged $2.50 for the use of Yaatly and Speechwire. Entries should be received by MONDAY, September 21 by 5:00 PM. Each school should provide one qualified judge for every 6 slots entered. If you have students in all four categories, then you should bring one clean judge for each 3 students. If you cannot get a clean judge, please let me know because I may be able to work something out! Each student may only compete in up to 3 events. 

Fees will need to be sent to Carole Bennett via check or Paypal. Contact her at cabennet@oaklandcc.edu for directions.

Coaches will need to create a team account on Yaatly if one does not already exist. Please email the organization name to Ryan @ rsrigda@svsu.edu after it is created.

If you are joining via cellphone, articipants may need to download zoom app before the tournament to ensure participation in the workshops.

Clean judges should not have taught nor coached your students in any way. Additionally, judges must not have competed in the last 2 years. Please let us know of any other judging conflicts. 

Judges must possess a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent or have completed four (4) years of collegiate competition. Judges who cannot judge may be asked to help w/tab & more. 


ELIGIBILITY: Anyone who is an undergraduate (has not received a BA or a BS degree) can compete. We are attempting to make this a ‘newer’ student tournament. So, while your students do not need to be novices, they should not be seasoned veterans who have mastered the event. However, if you have an interpretation student who hasn’t tried impromptu yet, have them try it here. If you have a second-year student who didn’t compete in an event, or who didn’t compete well in an event, have them try it here! 

AWARDS: Certificates will be e-mailed to the top six persons in each event, and they will be announced at the conclusion of the event via e-mail.  




IMPROMPTU - Each contestant will receive quotations, editorial cartoons or objects, and they will have seven minutes to divide between preparation and speaking.  It is suggested that the contestant's speaking time be at least three minutes. Judges usually expect an introduction, body, and conclusion.

INFORMATIVE - Each contestant will deliver an original, factual speech to fulfill the general purpose of informing the audience.  Visuals may or may not be used to supplement and/or reinforce the message.  The speech should be delivered from memory.  At this tournament, we will have access to smart stations, so PowerPoint will be an option!!!   Time limit is ten minutes maximum.

PROSE - Each contestant is to prepare and deliver one 8-10 min. selection of prose. (Plays/poetry are not eligible.)  If more than one selection is used, original transitions should be used as needed.  Limited movement is acceptable. The time limit includes introductions.  Manuscripts required.

DRAMATIC INTERPRETATION (DI) – This event must use material from the stage, screen or radio.  The performer can represent one or more characters and must use a manuscript.  Maximum time limit – 10 minutes, including an original introduction.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  We look forward to seeing you!    



Ryan Rigda                                        Carole Bennett                                  Amy Pierce

Individual Events Director                  MISL Director                                      Director of Forensics

Tournament Director                          Oakland Community College             Tournament Host

Saginaw Valley State                          cabennet@oaklandcc.edu (pref.)       Saginaw Valley State

rsrigda@svsu.edu                               Office 248-522-3692                           ajpierce@svsu.edu

Cell: (989) 737-6362                           Cell- 734-709-7964



Thank you to all!


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Ryan Rigda
Email address: rsrigda@svsu.edu
Phone number: 9897376362

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