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Mounds Park Academy Invitational

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This is a High School tournament in Minnesota.

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Hello!
 
Welcome to our second annual tournament here at Mounds Park Academy! We are proud to announce that we are a NIETOC Nationals Bid Tournament for the 2021-2022 season. Let me know if you have any questions on NIETOC, or how the process works!
 
Tentatively, with the uncertainty of the Delta variant, we are planning on running this tournament virtually and synchronously. 
 
The tournament schedule is as follows:
8:00AM - Confirm Entries in Speechwire (will be live scheduling)
8:30AM - Draw Meeting in Draw Zoom Room
8:45AM - Judges Meeting
8:45AM - Draw Round 1
9:00AM - Tech Check Round 1. All judges and students should check into their rooms and check audio/visual.
9:15AM - Round 1
10:15AM - Draw Round 2
10:40AM - Tech Check Round 2
10:45AM - Round 2
Noon - Draw Round 3
12:25PM - Tech Check Round 3
12:30PM - Round 3
2:30PM - Finals (Draws will begin when postings are ready)
4:30PM - Awards Livestreamed 
 
 
Event/Entry Logistics
We are continuing our unique award this year: INDIVIDUAL SWEEPSTAKES!!! This award will operate similar to Team Sweepstakes. Students will earn cumulative points based on their individual ranks. Individual Sweepstakes placing will be based on who has the highest accumulation of points throughout the day, with points earned in Double and Triple entries counting as well. Point accumulation is as follows:
 
Rank 1: 3 points
Rank 2: 2 points
Rank 3: 1 point
 
Congratulations to last year's co-individual sweepstakes champions: Annika Fredeen of Stillwater, and Ryan Ghose of Mounds Park Academy.
 
 
We will be offering all 13 MSHSL categories, as well POI. Double entry is allowed, as is Triple Entry, but it is the student’s responsibility to ensure they make it to their round on time. Students may not triple enter if they are in draw categories or Discussion.
 
 
There will be Finals, and Honor Finals where entry numbers permit.
 
EX READING PROSE SELECTIONS: First half (list to be announced soon)
EX READING POETRY SELECTIONS: First half (list to be announced soon)
STORYTELLING SELECTIONS: First half (list to be announced soon)
DISCUSSION TASKS: Topic One
 
 
We are also adding a unique twist to Extemp Finalists: Hypotheticals. The final rounds of Extemp will focus on a hypothetical situation, and all finalists will be presented with the same situation (with differences for International and Domestic areas). To maximize each student’s potential, internet access is allowable for the final round. An example of a hypothetical looks like this:
 
“You are the president-elect in 2021. Which country do you partner with to fast-track a COVID-19 vaccine with?”
 
“It is summer 2021 and the US Economy has crashed, and the only way to save it is to cut one federal department/agency. Which do you cut?”
 
 
 
E-Ballots
Since this tournament will be virtual, your judges and students will need accounts with Speechwire.
 
 
 
 
Registration and Fees
The cost is $6 per entry.
Our registration deadline is Wednesday January 12th, at 5PM.
Drops will be enforced at midnight of January 13th.
We will be site scheduling, so please let us know by 7:45 AM on tournament day if there are any changes. You can report changes to 952-240-3266.
Checks can be made out to Mounds Park Academy Speech Team.
 

Manager contact information

Tanner Sunderman
Email address: tsunderman@moundsparkacademy.org
Phone number: 9522403266

Mailing address

2051 Larpenteur Ave E
North St. Paul, MN 55109

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