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January 5, 2021


Dear Speech Coaches,


Galena High School is excited to offer you a small school opportunity for competition. 



DATE: Saturday, January 9, 2021


FORMAT: All Preliminary and Final Rounds will be Asynchronous.


STRUCTURE: We are currently planning to have 3 preliminary rounds (each single-judged on either Friday 1/8 or early on Saturday 1/9, and a final round that will be judged on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Final rounds will have three judges for Varsity finals, and one judge for novice finals.  



VIDEO SUBMISSION: Coaches will upload all student performance videos to their team SpeechWire account. Make sure that all videos are set to public or unlisted so that judges will be able to access them!

All videos for this tournament should be recorded between Sunday 1/3 and Thursday 1/7. 


SUBMISSION DEADLINES: Video submissions will need to be finalized by 10:00 pm on 

Thursday, January 7


ENTRY: Feel free to enter as many speakers in each event as you like (your entry fee will be based on your total number of entries).  Team sweepstakes will be determined using your top two speakers in each event.  Teams will register online using SpeechWire.

Since we will be completely asynchronous, feel free to triple-enter students. But no quad’s, please.

So as to keep things as “normal” as possible, we would ask that students entered in this tournament DO NOT compete in any other synchronous or asynchronous tournament on the same day.


JUDGES: Each team is expected to provide one qualified judge for every six entries.  If you wish to bring extra entries, you will be asked to bring extra judges as well.  Hired judges may be available at a cost of $100 per judge.  

Judging assignments will be done in the traditional manner via Speechwire. If you choose to hire fewer judges and simply have each of them judge more than three preliminary rounds, that is an option available to you. But please be aware that your requirements for the final round will be the same as always, so you may want to have more judges on virtual standby for that time.


FEES: 1 – 28 entries: $100

29 – 42 entries: $150

43 – 56 entries: $175

57+ entries: $200


Checks should be made payable to Galena High School


Please mail your entry check to:

Galena High School

Attn: Susan Bookless

1206 Franklin Street

Galena, IL 61036


EVENTS: All 14 IHSA events. 





LIMITED PREP: All limited prep materials (Extemp questions, Impromptu topics, and Rado copy) will be sent electronically to coaches by 9:00 pm on Wednesday, 1/6. Students will then have 24 hours to prepare, record, and submit the video of their performance. We will ask limited prep speakers and coaches to use the honor system to adhere to traditional time allotments for preparation and speaking. The same video performance will be used for all three prelim rounds, as well as the final round.


DUETS: We would ask that in the creation of a DDA/HDA video, your two students should NOT be in the same room during recording. We will monitor this situation (hopefully with more guidance from the IHSA or other tournaments as time goes by) and send out updates closer to tournament time.


AWARDS: All individual finalists (varsity and novice) and the top 3 teams will receive awards. Final round results will be posted on SpeechWire as soon as final rounds are finished, and physical awards will be mailed to schools the week following the tournament. 


EXT/IMP TOPICS: Each team should submit 10 Impromptu topics and 10 Extemp questions via SpeechWire.


ENTRY DEADLINE:  Wednesday, January 6 - 3:00 PM


FINAL POSTING ON SPEECHWIRE: Wednesday, January 6 - 3:00 PM





Susan Bookless

Galena High School

1206 Franklin Street

Galena, IL 61036



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Susan Bookless
Email address: sbookless@gusd120.k12.il.us
Phone number: 3092356323

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1206 Franklin Street
Galena, IL 61036

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