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October 7, 2021
Hello Speech Coaches!   
The Thornton Township High School Speech Team is pleased to invite you to the 37th Annual Thornton “Turkey” Tournament to be held on Saturday, November 20, 2021.  We are looking forward to a great day and are excited to run an efficient and organized tournament just as we have in the past.  
Preliminary information regarding the tournament is listed below.   The tournament will include three preliminary rounds and a final round including a next in and/or novice final round in person!  
Please indicate your interest by completing SpeechWire's registration by Friday, October 29th.
We look forward to seeing your team at Thornton this year.  
Please keep in mind teams that host a tournament will be allowed to enter four in each event.  NO TRIPLE ENTRIES ALLOWED. There will be no opportunity for extra entries to abide by COVID-19 protocols.  Additionally, the overall number of entries will be capped so get those in as soon as possible. 
At this time, we will be offering concessions at the tournament. When we are closer to the tournament, we will be sending an email to get an estimated number of students that will be utilizing concessions.  
Please be aware that we will be sending out an update outlining the specific COVID-19 protocols and policies as we get closer to the tournament.  
If you should have any questions, feel free to call Brad Ablin at 708-269-9036 or Marie Wojdelski at 708-225-4129 or 708-705-0571.  
Brad Ablin, Marie Wojdelski, and the Thornton Coaching Staff
37th Annual Thornton “Turkey” Tournament Information
Contest Rules
The Thornton “Turkey” Tournament will follow I.H.S.A. rules for all individual events with the following exceptions:
Extemporaneous Speaking: Contestants will have one 30-minute prep period. That speech will be used for both preliminary rounds. Contestants will be double-judged in the first round and single judged in the second round. Finalists will prep for a second time.
Radio Speaking: Contestants will have one 45-minute prep period. That script will be used for both preliminary rounds. Contestants will be single judged in the first round and double judged in the second round.  Finalists will prep for a second time.
Team Entry: Each team may enter two contestants per event, unless you are hosting a tournament in which teams may enter up to 4 per event.
Team scoring: Preliminary round scoring will determine team placement. The top two scoring contestants in each event will count toward your total team point tabulation.
Awards: The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Individuals medals will be awarded to all finalists. Team trophies and turkeys will be awarded to the top five schools.
Concessions: Concessions will be open throughout the day in the cafeteria.  There are limited fast food options in the area.  
Judging: Each team will need to furnish the following number of judges based on individual entries:
1 – 6 Entries:         1 judge
7 – 12 Entries:        2 judges
13 – 18 Entries:       3 judges
19 – 24 Entries:       4 judges
25 – 30 Entries:       5 judges
31 – 36 Entries:       6 judges
37 – 42 Entries:       7 judges
43 – 48 Entries:       8 judges
Each team will be responsible for the number of judges based on their original entry number. Teams that are missing judges will be charged $100.00 per judge. This fee will need to be paid before your team will be allowed to compete. Contestant drops on tournament day will not decrease your number of required judging assignments. Also, to assure proper coverage, please advise all hired judges that they must stay the entire day regardless of how many contestants if any from your team qualifies for the Final Round.
*Please supply your judges with stopwatches for Impromptu Speaking.
10 Topics for Extemp
10 Topics for Impromptu
PAYMENT:  Entry fee is $150.00 per team regardless of the number of event entries.
$150-0-28 entries
$250-29 or more entries
**Please send payment and topics as soon as possible upon registration!
Please make check payable to: Thornton Township High School
Return checks & entry forms: Marie Wojdelski, Thornton Township High School
                                             15001 S. Broadway Avenue
                                             Harvey, IL 60426
8 AM - Round A
(Round 1 DDA, DI, HI, IMP, INF, OC, OO, POE, PR, SOS)
8:45 AM - Radio Prep prelims
9:00 AM - Extemp Prep prelims
9:30 AM - Round B
(Round 1 ES, HDA, OD, RS; Round 2 DDA, HI, INF, OO, PR, SOS)
11:00 AM - Round C
(Round 2 DI, ES, HDA, IMP, OD, OC, POE, RS; Round 3 DDA, OO, PRO)
12:30 PM - Round D
(Round 3 DI, HDA, HI, IMP, INF, OD, OC, POE, SOS)
1:00 PM - Finals posting - extemp/radio
1:30 PM - Final prep Extemp/Radio, posting other events
2:15 PM - Finals All Events
4:30 PM - Awards


Manager contact information

Marie Wojdelski/Brad Ablin
Email address: mwojdelski@ttdistrict205.net
Phone number: 708-269-9036 or 708-705-0571

Mailing address

15001 S. Broadway Avenue
Harvey, IL 60426

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