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The Odyssey: Your Speech Journey Begins Here

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General information

This is a High School tournament in Minnesota.

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Come accept the challenge and begin your speech journey at The Odyssey Speech Tournament hosted by Orono and Mound Westonka on January 23rd, 2021. The tournament will be held online, with the platform to be announced soon. We will use Speechwire and will accept all MSHSL and NSDA speech categories, including Impromptu and POI. New for 2021, we are proud to be a NIETOC bid tournament! We will have novice and varsity divisions in all categories except POI and Impromptu. 





Registration and Fees

  • The cost is $7 per entry.
  • New this year: there will be a cap of no more than 10 entries allowed per event per school.
  • Preliminary Registration Deadline: Monday, January 18th, 2021. This helps us estimate our virtual room needs. Drops and adds after this point can still be made without penalty.
  • Final Registration Deadline: Thursday, January 21st, 2021 at 10:00pm (all drops after this point will not result in a change of statement)
  • Entry changes (drops or adds) can be made on speechwire up until the end of registration. We will be site scheduling all rounds of competition in order to make sure rounds are equal and fair. For this reason, registration must be completed promptly by 7:45 AM or a phone call to 612-308-3038 must be made to report your team drops.
  • Please make checks payable to Westonka Speech Team and mail to (preferred; you may also hand a check to our front info desk in the morning, but please have late changes accounted for):

Westonka Speech Team
Mound Westonka High School
5905 Sunnyfield Rd E
Minnetrista, MN 55364​


  • All divisions (Varsity and Novice) will compete together in the three prelim rounds.
  • All entries will be sorted at the completion of the third prelim round:
    • First break to Finals will be by overall ranks in combined divisions (top 1-7 overall).
    • Second break to Novice Finals will be by ranks of the remaining Novice competitors (remaining top 1-7 Novice). 

Team Sweepstakes

  • Team trophies will be available for the top 2 schools in both LARGE and SMALL sizes.
  • Novice and Varsity Finalists will have an equal influence in team's sweepstakes in order to encourage teams to continue to develop their novice competitors. 

Novice Division

A Novice competitor needs to meet either of the following criteria:

  1. A first time ever competitor in speech (changing events does not count), and can be in any grade.
  2. Any student in 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade who has never broken into an out round (eg. Honors, Quarter, Semi, Final) at any previous varsity tournament.

Due to anticipated small registration numbers, there will not be a Novice division for Program Oral Interp (POI), nor Impromptu.


 7:45 AM  Registration Closes
 8:15 AM  Judges Meeting
 8:30 AM  Round 1 Draws (ER, ES, STY)
 8:45 AM  Round 1 Discussion
 9:00 AM  Round 1 (All Categories except Discussion)
 10:15 AM  Round 2 Draws (ER, ES, STY)
 10:30 AM  Round 2 Discussion
 10:45 AM  Round 2 (All Categories except Discussion)
 12:00 PM  Round 3 Draws (ER, ES, STY)
 12:15 PM  Round 3 Discussion
 12:30 PM  Round 3 (All Categories except Discussion)
 1:45 PM  Draws for Finals
 2:00 PM   Finals for Discussion
 2:15 PM  Finals for All Categories (except Discussion)
 3:30 PM  Awards (or as soon as possible)














  • Each team is required to bring 1 judge for each 6 entries (including double entries).
  • For each uncovered entry, the team will be assessed a $100 fee.
  • We hope to have 3 judges in Finals Round, and so ask that your judges please stay for Finals. 
  • This is an e-ballot tournament! When registering your judges, please provide their email addresses.
  • Let your judges know before the tournament they should expect an email inviting them to activate their account on live.speechwire.com.
  • Judges should make sure they have tested logging in once before the tournament to verify their account works.
  • Judges will need to be online throughout the tournament to record ranks and critiques.
    • We recommend a using device with a keyboard for writing critiques (laptop, chromebook, tablets with keyboard).
    • Do not use a smart phone for writing critiques online!
  • During a round, the judge would perform the following steps:
  1. Start the e-ballot as soon as the round begins. This step notifies the tab room that the round is starting.
  2.  As each speaker speaks, type the critique in a text editor, such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
  3.  After all speakers are done and excused, fill in the ranks and submit them. A judge should NOT wait to submit ranks after finishing their critiques. 
  • After a round, the judge should continue editing critiques, and take time to provide robust, constructive feedback.
    • A judge may copy-paste from the text editor back into the e-ballot critique for each speaker after ranks are submitted.
    • A judge may also go back and continue editing a critique from any round throughout the day.
    • Make sure all critiques are entered into live.speechwire.com before leaving the tournament!
  • Coaches should make sure they enter email addresses for each of their students in their Roster in speechwire.com.
    • Students would need to test logging in with this email to live.speechwire.come before the tournament. Students would use live.speechwire.com to access their rounds during the tournament.
    • Students and coaches would be able to view critiques through live.speechwire.com after the tournament.

Double Entering

  • Double entering is permissible. Triple entry is only allowed for students competing in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Draw categories (ER, ES, STY) are not allowed to double entry in other draw categories, or Discussion. Draw categories may double enter in any other category, including Impromptu Speaking.
  • Discussion is not allowed to double enter in a draw category. Discussion may double enter in any other category, including Impromptu Speaking.

Minnesota State High School League Event Info:

  • Extemp. Reading Prose: First half of chapters (list to be announced soon)
  • Extemp. Reading Poems: First half of poems (list to be announced soon)
  • Storytelling Stories: First half of stories (list to be announced soon)
  • Discussion will have tasks from Topic 1
  • Impromptu Speaking prompts will be delivered in the room by the judge. Speakers will draw several prompts from an envelope, and select one prompt to speak on. Speakers have a total of 7 minutes to decide on their prompt, prep and deliver their speeches. The judge will start timing a speaker at the time they draw their prompts from the envelope. 

Manager contact information

Rhys Jones
Email address: jonesr@277apps.org
Phone number: 612-308-3038

Mailing address

Westonka Speech Team
5905 Sunnyfield Rd E
Minnetrista, MN 55364

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