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SMART Academy Invitational


Dear colleagues, 

You are cordially invited to the sixth annual SMART Academy Invitational at Strive Prep – SMART Academy on Saturday, December 4th, 2021. This will be an in-person tournament. Please read below to learn more about our schedule, COVID procedures, and other key details. 


Schedule: Debate events will have three prelims plus a final and will run throughout the day. Speech events will also have 3 prelims and finals, but will be split into 4 time slots, with roughly 7 events running in each time slot. Which events will run during which time slots will be announced as we get closer to the tournament and will be based on entry numbers. Our hope is that with this schedule, all events will have broke to finals by 3pm. 


Doubling: Debaters may not double enter. Extempers who enter multiple events risk losing prep time. Beyond that, you know what your student can handle when registering them.


Internet: Unfortunately, our campus guest wifi is not capable of supporting a virtual tournament. Debaters and extempers should come with their files downloaded and the tournament will utilize paper ballots.


COVID Procedures: With respect to the new mask mandate for Devner County, all persons (coaches, judges, competitors, observers) will need to wear a mask at all times. That includes while performing.



--CX and PF are $20 a team, LD is $12 an entry. 

--Speech events are $10 each. Duo is $20. 



--1 judge for every 3 debate entries 

--1 judge for every 6 speech entries 


Site: The tournament will be held at Strive Prep SMART Academy High School, 3201 W Arizona Ave, Denver, CO 80219


Awards: Awards will be given to speech and debate finalists. We will also recognize speaker awards in debate. “The Academy Award for Best Speaker” will go to the top speech student. “The Academy Award for Best Debater” will go to the debater from any of the three debate events with the highest speaker points. Team awards will be given to the top three "large entry" teams and the top three "small entry" teams.


NIETOC: We are proud to announce that we are a bid tournament to the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC). Also known as the Speech Tournament of Champions. Bids can be earned in the following events: HI, DI, Duo, POI, OO, INF, and Extemp. For more information, check out their website → nietoc.com


Hosting this tournament is a tremendous source of pride for my students, my colleagues, and our community. This tournament would not be possible without the work of so many. Your attendance and contributions to this tournament are truly appreciated. 



Grant Thomas

Strive Prep - SMART Academy 



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Grant Thomas
Email address: gthomas@striveprep.org
Phone number: 720-610-8166

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3201 W. Arizona Ave.
Denver, CO 80219

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