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60th Annual Denfeld Rotary Speech Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in Minnesota.

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Welcome to the 60th Annual Denfeld High School Rotary Tournament!  We are glad you are coming to Duluth - virtually!

We offer a unique blend of AA  and A schools. New programs, buidling programs and high achieving programs find this tournament to be the perfect match! Your students will find a competitive quality with a friendly atmosphere. Come and join us this season.  For many of you this may be your 40th appearance at Denfeld and others this may be your first venture at heading up North - virtually!  Many teams have made this their over-night tournament and have made it their tradition; citing the team bonding that happens when going over-night with your team. Of course this year, a team overnight won't happen but I challenge you to create a Friday night team gathering to create the illusion that you are on that traditional Duluth overnight trip!  Whatever your decision we hope you'll make the Denfeld Rotary your choice this year!

Of course, that "bonding" of team will look a little different this year as our 2020-21 season takes on the virtual - asychnous and synchronous world of performance. At this time the Denfeld coaching staff is leaning toward a more asynchronous tournament with the draw events and discussion being synchronous. But this could change as our coaches, tournaments and feedback is given as we embark on this new adventure.


Categories: We will be offering all 13 MSHSL categories. We will also offer the NSDA category Program Oral Interp (POI)

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 (Initial Team Entry Deadline). Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:00pm  all drops  will not result in a change of statement. Judges at this date should also not be dropped due to any drop in team.

Entry Limits: There are no team or category entry limits. In smaller events members of your team might speak with other teammates.

Entry Fees: $8 per entry. Checks payable to Denfeld Speech. Increase in cost is for the virtual platform fee charged by SpeechWire and NSDA Campus and also for the mailing of trophies and awards.

Entry Changes: Entry changes (drops or adds) can be made on the speechwire.com tournament site up until the end of registration, Saturday, Feb. 6, 8:00 am. 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 8:00 AM or a phone call to 218-391-4696 must be made to report your team drops and adds.

Double Entering/Triple:  Double entering is allowed in ALL categories, including discussion. Discussion will start 15 minutes later to accommodate those double entries (discussants should speak first and then report to the draw room). Draw category double entries are allowed, but students should not double enter in 2 draw. Triple entries are also allowed but speakers must not manipulate their round and must make it work as it shows on the schedule as much as possible.

Judging Requirements: Teams need to bring 1 judge for every 6 entries or fraction thereof. A small number of judges will be available for hire at $80 for the day. Please email Jill Lofald if you need to hire a judge by Thursday, Jan. 28th, 2021.  The earlier the better!

Judging Finals:  We ask that ALL judges be available to judge final and/or honors.

Tournament Format: Varsity: Three preliminary rounds and a final (1-7) and honors finals (8-14)

Minnesota State High School League Event Info: please share with your team!

Extemp. Reading Prose: TBA by Jan. 4, 2021

Extemp. Reading Poems: TBA by Jan. 4, 2021

Storytelling:  Stories  - TBA by Jan. 4, 2021

In ALL Draw events you:1. Cannot repeat a cutting. 2. Must present slip to judge 3. Will draw for Final and Honor Rounds

Discussion:  TBA by Jan. 4th, 2021

Team Sweepstakes: Team trophies will be available for the top 5 teams. We will also have a team SMALL SCHOOL championship trophy available for teams with UNDER 15 entries! 

Concession Stand Options:  Found in your own refridgerator and kitchen cupboard

Hospitality Lounge: Always the favorite part of preparing~ for my parents and coaching staff.  Sadly in the Pandemic Speech Season of 2021 we will allow you to find your own delcious meal while judging and coachng from your homes! We can't wait to return to the historic Denfeld school next year!

NIETOC Bid Tournament: The Denfeld Rotary Invitational is officially a bid tournament site for the National Individual Event Tournament of Champions. Students competing in Drama, Duo, Humorous, Info. POI, Extemp. Speaking or Original Oratory have the ability to earn a bid that will get them one step closer to competing at the NIETOC Tournament in Houston, Texas, May 7-9, 2021.  For more information visit their official website. This tournament may be held virtually but it is TBD.

Manager Contact: Jill Lofald - jill.lofald@isd709.org       Cell # 218-391-4696



Manager contact information

Jill Lofald
Email address: jill.lofald@isd709.org
Phone number: 218-391-4696

Mailing address

401 N. 44th Ave. W.
Duluth, MN 55807

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