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This is a High School tournament in South Dakota.

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Washington High School Circle of Courage Oral Interpretation Tournament

Friday, October 22, 2021

Oral Interpretation Coaches:

We are pleased to invite you to attend The Circle of Courage Oral Interpretation Tournament at Sioux Falls Washington on Friday, October 22.  Note:  The tournament is held after school on this date; please see schedule below for our planning and travel itineraries.

We will be holding three rounds of competition followed by awards.  In addition to our varsity events, we will offer a novice division in all categories.  In the event that novice entries so not allow separate rounds in a particular category, we will combine novice and varsity, but will still separate results for the purpose of awards.  It is our goal to offer all competitors a positive experience.

Events and entries

Schools may have an unlimited number of entries in each of our seven divisions:  Humorous Interp, Dramatic Interp, Duo Interp, Storytelling, Non-Original Oratory, Poetry, and Reader’s Theatre.   We will allow a triple entry if the third entry is Reader’s Theatre.  Rounds will be staggered to keep the tournament running smoothly. Please only triple enter your students if you can assure they can balance making it to all of their rounds on time, as we will not re-hear or hold over any rounds for students who do not make it to their assigned rooms in a timely manner.


I will be using SpeechWire to manage the tournament entries.  Please go to speechwire.com, locate The Circle of Courage Oral Interp Tournament (alphabetical in the drop down list under "T")  event link, login, and proceed with registration.  Registation will be accessible and live on or before Oct. 1, 2021.  I will email you with a reminder once the system is ready for your to enter your school and student/judging entries.

Please have your finalized entries in by 6pm on Wednesday, October 20 via SpeechWire.   Any changes after that will need to be emailed to me directly at michelle.mcintyre@k12.sd.us.  You may also call or text me with questions or last minute changes on the day of the event at 605-359-0524.  Please text me any changes before you arrive so I can make a smooth registration process and meeting for you and your students.  Ideally, when you get on the bus to head to WHS, and you know your students are present, email or text changes then so I can update and be ready for you upon arrival.

South Dakota High School Activity Association rules will govern this contest.


Check in beginning at 2:30

Meeting           3:50

Round 1           RT 4:00

Round 1           4:15

Round 2           RT 5:15

Round 2           5:30

Round 3           RT 7:00

Round 3           7:15

Awards             9:00


Concessions will be available in our commons area for all students.



Entry fees for the contest will be $8.00 per contestant per individual events, $12 per duo, and Reader’s Theatre entry.  Fees will be frozen and assessed based on the entries received by 6pm on Wednesday, Oct. 16.  Fees must be paid on or before registration, and checks should be made out to Washington High School Oral Interp.


Each school must provide one judge for every 5 students or fraction thereof.  Please be sure to cover your judging commitments, as I do not have a large pool of judges available for hire.  The fee for any hired judges will be $65.  College students are acceptable as judges.  CLEAN JUDGES ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATED so that we can cover our judging needs more effectively. 

Please be sure to review relevant judging criteria with your judges so they are well-equipped to provide positive, quality feedback that helps our competitors grow!!  Please also share that food and refreshments will be provided and that we expect them to stay available through the final (fourth) round.



Students in the top six of each event will receive awards. Sweepstakes awards will be given to the top school in each class (AA, A, and B).

Contact Info

If you have any questions about the tournament or using SpeechWire to register, please feel free to email at any time.  You may also email any drops or adds of contestants or judges to my email as well at michelle.mcintyre@k12.sd.us .  Please also feel free to call or text me on the day of the competition at 605-359-0524.  Please make sure when you get on the bus (or earlier, if possible) to call or text asap with changes.  That way, I can get the rounds scheduled, paired, and have check-in go smoothly for you and your teams.  

We look forward to seeing you and your teams for a great evening of competition!




Michelle McIntyre                                       

Head Oral Interpretation Coach                 

Washington High School                            

Manager contact information

Michelle McIntyre
Email address: michelle.mcintyre@k12.sd.us
Phone number: 605-359-0524

Mailing address

Washington High School Oral Interp
501 N. Sycamore Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57110

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