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Dear Colleagues,

The Crete High School Speech Team as well as Doane University are pleased to invite you to the 27th annual Crete Cardinal Classic - Co-Hosted with Doane University, which will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021. This year we again have the privilege of being a bid tournament for the 2021 National Individual Events Tournament of Champions for the events of HI, DI, DUET acting, Extemporaneous, Oratory, Informative, and POI. In order to offer the most NIETOC bid numbers, we are keeping just one division. 

With a socially distanced sized tournament we will, as is par for the course by now, have competition take place virtually, with Duo/Duet being asynchronous. We will recognize the top novice in each individual event; a novice is defined as a student who has not competed in a forensics invitational competition before August, 2020. Please read over the invitation and call or e-mail if you have any questions. We’ll see you February 8th! 

                                                                                                                                                                                   Zach Swiec                Head Speech Coach, CHS 

Breanna Patterson    Assistant Speech Coach, CHS

Nathaniel Wilson        Director of Forensics, Doane University 

Jennifer Torres           Assistant Director of Forensics, Doane University 

We will be using eBallots!  More info on that soon!

LOCATION: Wherever you have internet access!! (We advise that you stay safe and healthy - McDonald’s, while they have free wifi, is probably a bad choice.)


REGISTRATION: Beginning at 8:00 a.m., registration will be via zoom link to follow. 


PARKING: Wherever your local city ordinance allows


EVENTS: The nine NSAA events (Extemporaneous, Oral Interpretation of Drama, Humorous Interpretation/Humorous Prose, Dramatic Interpretation/Serious Prose, Oral Interpretation of Poetry, Original Oratory/Persuasive, Entertainment, Duet Acting, Informative) and Program of Oral Interpretation (POI) will be offered.

NIETOC Events: Bids to NIETOC will be given based on student numbers in the following events: Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Duet Acting, Original Oratory, Informative, and POI.


Number of Entries     NIETOC Bids

*0-19 Entries             1st place

*20-34 Entries           1st, 2nd, 3rd place

*35-50 Entries           Final Round bid

*51-70 Entries           Semifinals (Honors) Round Bid

*71-99 Entries           Quarterfinals (Merit/Consolation) Round Bid

*100+ Entries            Octofinals Round Bid

ENTRIES: Students may triple enter in each flight at their own risk. Rounds will not be held for students. Each school may have up to 5 entries per individual event. Duet will be limited to 3 entries per school. We will have an initial entry limit of 100 total entries per individual event, and 60 duets; however, a waitlist will be available and entries will be accepted as there is space - last year we were able to accept all waitlist entries. Add entries(placeholders) early to be guaranteed spots if you are concerned.

Extemp prep is only 30 minutes this year to eliminate round overlap and putting the tournament behind.

ENTRIES ARE DUE BY 5:00 p.m. CST ON TUESDAY, February 2nd.

Please enter online through www.speechwire.com. Feel free to email or call/text Zach on his cell @ (402)418-1519 if you have any questions. Please include your name/school. 



FEES: Entry fees will be $8.00 per entry in each event; group events count as one entry. Fees are due at registration unless prior arrangements have been made. Make checks out to CRETE HIGH SCHOOL (Speech).

AWARDS: The top team will receive a Sweepstakes Trophy, plus trophies will be awarded to the top school in classes A, B, C, and D (unless that top school receives the Sweepstakes Trophy). We will offer Champs finals for all events with additional final rounds as entries allow. All finalists will be recognized. There will be a triathlon award for those who are triple or quad entered. 

JUDGES: You must furnish one judge for every 6 entries or part thereof (Example: 6 entries = 1 judge; 7 entries = 2 judges) OR pay $15.00 per slot you haven’t covered. (Example: 7 entries. Furnishing one judge means you owe an extra $15.00 for each uncovered slot in addition to the $8 entry fee for those entries.) Remember, if you want to judge you count as one judge. All judges must be available for finals. If a judge misses any judging assignment, including finals, the sponsoring team will be assessed a $15 penalty. Please have stopwatches for all your judges. We will make every attempt to double up judges during one round of competition to provide 3 ballots for students. The ability to do this is dependent on you bringing your required judges. 

SCHEDULE: There will be three preliminary rounds in each event and finals. We will adhere to the following schedule as closely as possible:


                    7:45 - 8:30             Registration 

                    8:30                      EXTEMP DRAW, Round 1  

                    9:00                      ROUND 1

                    10:00                    EXTEMP DRAW, Round 2

                    10:30                  ROUND 2

                    11:30                       EXTEMP DRAW, Round 3

                    12:00                      ROUND 3 

                    1:30 (or ASAP)        EXTEMP DRAW, Finals

                    2:00 (or ASAP)        FINALS



Zach, Breanna, Nathaniel, and Jennifer

Manager contact information

Zachary Swiec
Email address: zachary.swiec@doane.edu
Phone number: (402)418-1519

Mailing address

1750 Iris
Crete, NE 68333

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