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This is a Middle School tournament in Nebraska.

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Dear colleagues,
The Marian High School Speech Team is hosting their annual Junior High Crusader Invitational Speech Tournament for middle school students on Friday, April 16, 2021. This tournament offers 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students the opportunity to present speeches, learn from the competition, and to explore their speaking and acting abilities. 
This tournament will be FULLY REMOTE through ZOOM and SPEECHWIRE. I will send more information about how our virtual tournament will work over the next two weeks. Marian has been competing virtually all season long and it has been a great experience for students, judges, and coaches. It is not difficult for students or judges, and we are here to help you navigate the world of virtual tournaments. The most important item right now to be aware of is that YOUR STUDENTS MUST HAVE A SPEECHWIRE ACCOUNT, AND A COACH HAS TO CREATE THAT ACCOUNT, BUT THAT IS THE ONLY SET UP YOU NEED TO DO AS A COACH. We will take it from there!
Events: All students may double enter, no triple entries are allowed. HI, DI, Poetry, Oratory, Declamation, Duet Acting, Extemp and Impromptu.
Time Limits: HI, DI, OO, DEC, POE time limit is 8 min max. Duet is 10 min max. EXT max is 5 min and IMP max is 4 min. 
Extemp Prep: We will be allowing computers in extemp prep per the high school NSAA rules. Obviously we cannot monitor internet use in a remote tournament - so it is open internet access. And they MUST have their cameras ON in the prep room.  
Format: We will be hosting three preliminary rounds of competition and then awards. There will not be a finals round.
Awards: We will be providing each student who places with a custom laptop sticker. A sweepstakes award will be given to the top 3 schools - these will be mailed out after the tournament.
Judging: We ask that you bring one judge for every SIX entries (6 entries you owe one judge, 7 entries you owe two). Judges may be qualified varsity members from high school teams, but please make sure you train them on how to judge every event, and please stress the importance of lots of positive feedback and constructive criticism. Many high school coaches would be happy to help you fill judging requirements with their students. If you need contact information for coaches please email Renee. Coaches are always welcome to judge. I know many middle school programs use parents; please train parent judges on the norms of the events and judging in general. You are welcome to bring extra judges if you have any. Marian High School competitors will also judge. 
Fees: Entries at $8.00 per entry and judge fees are $10.00 per uncovered entry/slot (you pay per uncovered, individual entry). **We also added a $15 team fee this year to help cover the cost of awards and mailing awards. Without concessions money we don't actually profit after tournament fees are paid, so thank you for understanding that this fee just helps us cover basic costs. 
Entry Deadlines: Registration will close at 5:00pm on Tuesday April 13th. Entries will only be accepted using Speechwire. 
We are very excited to host you and your students! If you have any questions, please email Renee McGill at rmcgill@omahamarian.org.  
We look forward to seeing you in April!
Renee McGill and the Marian Speech Team
3:15 - 3:30 - Registration 
3:45 - Extemp Draw for Round 1 
4:00 - Round 1 
5:00 - Extemp Draw for Round 2 
5:15 - Round 2 
6:00 - Extemp Draw for Round 3
6:30 - Round 3 
Awards will begin around 8:00 pm

Manager contact information

Renee McGill
Email address: rmcgill@omahamarian.org
Phone number: 402-490-7731

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7400 Military Ave.
Omaha, NE 68134

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