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NJSDL Middle School State Championship

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This is a Middle School tournament in New Jersey.

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The New Jersey Speech and Debate League (NJSDL) invites all New Jersey schools with students in Grades 5, 6, 7, or 8 to compete at the annual NJSDL Middle School State Championship.
Registration for all schools --including entries, judges, and video links for speech competitors-- will be due on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. via SpeechWire.com. The preliminary rounds of speech will be judged asynchronously between Tuesday, May 18th and Thursday, May 20th using the video links submitted at registration. All rounds of debate and a final round in speech events will be held synchronously via an online video conferencing platform (such as Zoom or Jitsi) on Friday, May 21st beginning at 3:30 PM.
The following speech events will be offered:
  • Declamation
  • Original Oratory / Public Speaking (Persuasive or Informative)
  • Memorized Interpretation (All literary genres)
  • Reading Interpretation (All literary genres)
  • Pro/Con Challenge
The following debate events will be offered:
  • Public Forum Debate (2 person teams)
  • Parliamentary Debate (3 person teams)
Students may double-enter between any two events except a student cannot compete on both a Public Forum Debate team and a Parliamentary Debate team. The schedule will allow students competing in one of those debate events to also enter a speech event.
Unless otherwise specified, all events will use the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) Middle School rules. Teams competing in Public Forum will debate the NSDA April topic Resolved: The benefits of the International Monetary Fund outweigh the harms. For Parliamentary Debate, resolutions will be announced at the tournament. One round will focus on immigration and one round will focus on the environment. 
For the Pro/Con Challenge, students can choose any of the NSDA topics from this academic year in Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, or Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Students will submit ONE video containing both their Pro (Affirmative) speech and their Con (Negative) speech on a single NSDA topic. The single video containing both the Pro and Con speech should not exceed 10 minutes and 30 seconds.
A nominal entry fee of $10 per entry will be assessed. Checks for entry fees and any outstanding judge fees should be made payable to NJSDL. Checks can be sent to:
Box #337
203 Main Street
Flemington, NJ 08822
As with the inaugural NJSDL Middle School State Championship in 2019, the top finishers in each event will receive awards. A virtual awards ceremony will be shared on Saturday, May 22, 2021.
Questions regarding the tournament can be directed to Raymond Shay (rshay@princetonacademy.org).

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Raymond Shay
Email address: rshay@princetonacademy.org
Phone number: 6099212352

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Box #337
203 Main Street
Flemington, NJ 08822

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