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General information

This is a High School tournament in Minnesota.

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Tournament Schedule:

8:00 AM - Registration

8:45 AM- Judges' Meeting

8:45 AM - Round 1 Draw
Prep: ExRdg, ES, STY

9:15 AM - Round 1
Round 1: CR, DI, DUO, ExRdg, ES, GrSp, HI, INF, OO, PO, POI, PR, STY

9:30 AM - Round 1
Round 1: DIS

10:15 AM - Round 2 Draw
Prep: ExRdg, ES, STY

10:45 AM - Round 2
Round 2: CR, DI, DUO, ExRdg, ES, GrSp, HI, INF, OO, PO, POI, PR, STY

11:00 AM - Round 2
Round 2: DIS

11:45 AM - Round 3 Draw
Prep: ExRdg, ES, STY

12:15 PM - Round 3
Round 3: CR, DI, DUO, ExRdg, ES, GrSp, HI, INF, OO, PO, POI, PR, STY

12:30 PM - Round 3
Round 3: DIS

1:15 PM - Final Round Draw
Prep: ExRdg, ES, STY

1:45 PM - Final Round
Final round: CR, DI, DUO, ExRdg, ES, GrSp, HI, INF, OO, PO, POI, PR, STY

2:15 PM - Discussion Final Round
Final round: DIS

3:30 PM - Awards

Registration Deadline:

Wednesday, January 12 at 6:00 pm.

Entry Limits:

There are no team or category entry limits. 

Entry Fees:

$8 per entry; Each duo counts as 1 entry

Checks payable to Pequot Lakes High School

Entry Changes:

Entry changes (drops or adds) can be made on the Speechwire.com tournament site up until the end of registration. We will be site scheduling all rounds of competition in order to make sure rounds are equal and fair. To speed up the process, please text Angie Klein at 605-354-2230 the morning of the tournament once all drops and adds have been made.

Double Entering:

Double entering is allowed in ALL categories, including Discussion. Discussion will start 15 minutes later to accommodate those double entries (discussants are not allowed to  double enter in a draw category). Draw category double entries are allowed, but students can't double enter in 2 draw categories. It is the responsiblity of the student to make it to their draw on time.

Judging Requirements:

Teams need to bring 1 judge for every 6 entries or fraction thereof. A small number of judges will be available for hire at $100 for the day. Please email Angie Klein by Tuesday, January 11 if you need to hire a judge. Please train your judges prior to the tournament.

Judging Finals: 

We ask that ALL judges be available to judge final rounds.

Tournament Format:

Three preliminary rounds and a final

Minnesota State High School League Event Info:

Extemp. Reading Prose: There is No Long Distance Now by Naomi Shihab Nye, Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins), 2011.

  1. Thud page 9
  2. Beet Cake page 14
  3. Curb page 19
  4. Fixer-Upper page 55
  5. Break page 60
  6. Are We Friends? page 65
  7. Allied with Green page 76
  8. His Own Voice page 81
  9. Horizon page 86
  10. Thoreau Is My Partner page 91

Extemp. Reading Poetry: Americans’ Favorite Poems editors Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz

  1. Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold page 9-10
  2. Variation on the Word Sleep by Margaret Atwood page 12-13
  3. One Art by Elizabeth Bishop page 19
  4. At the Fishhouses by Elizabeth Bishop page 20-22
  5. The Soldier by Rupert Brook page 30
  6. Sonnet 43 (How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning page 33
  7. My Last Duchess by Robert Browning page 34-35
  8. She Walks in Beauty by George Gordon, Lord Byron page 40
  9. From The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge page 54-57
  10. Last Poem by Robert Desnos page 66
  11. The Bee by James Dickey page 67-69
  12. A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning by John Donne page 75-76
  13. The Embrace by Mark Doty page 77
  14. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot page 84-88
  15. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost page 92-93
  16. A Hillside Thaw by Robert Frost page 96-97
  17. “Out, Out----”  by Robert Frost page 97-98
  18. The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy page 105-106
  19. Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden page 109-110
  20. Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney page 112-113
  21. Things I Didn’t Know I Loved by Nazim Hikmet page 119-122

Storytelling: 1. How The Rabbit Lost His Tail 2. The Stone-Cutter 3. The Frog Prince 4. The Steadfast Tin Soldier 5. The Hawks and Their Friends 6. The Fish and the Ring 7. Orpheus the Sweet Singer 8. The Monkey’s Fiddle 9. The Seven Ravens 10. The Swineherd

Discussion: I. Influences on Our Democracy– Subsection Topic A. The Influence of Protest/Reform Movements. B. Influence and Role of Religious Belief Systems. C. Intersection of Technology and Government/Democracy. (voting methods, data collection, openness/transparency) D. The Role of Media of All Types (traditional and non-traditional) E. Lobbyists, Influence Peddlers, Bribery, Corruption (astroturf lobbying, unfair access). F. Racial Issues and Democracy. G. Gender Issues & Democracy. H. Unrealistic Expectations of Officials and Agencies. I. Financing of Campaigns (public financing, super PACs, foreign influence). J. Access to Government and Officials

US Extemp Speaking: 1. The Current U.S. Administration’s Domestic Policy & Actions 2. The American Political Scene a. Congress: Major Issues, Policies & Leaders b. Presidency: Major Issues, Policies & Leaders c. Judiciary: Major Issues, Policies & Leaders 3. Domestic Issues a. Crime, Justice and Law Enforcement b. Civil, Legal and Human Rights c. Labor-Management Relations d. Medicare and Social Security e. Taxation Issues & Policies 4. Famous Americans in the News 5. Federal & State Election Issues, Candidates & Office Holders 6. Major State Issues & Policies shaping the U.S. 7. U.S. Agricultural Issues & Policies 8. U.S. Business & Economic Issues & Policies 9. U.S. Educational Issues & Policies 10. U.S. Energy Issues & Policies 11. U.S. Environmental Issues & Policies 12. U.S. Health Issues & Policies 13. U.S. Population Issues & Policies 14. U.S. Science & Technology Issues & Policies 15. U.S. Space Exploration Issues & Policies

International Extemp Speaking: 1. The Current U.S. Administration's Foreign Policy & Actions 2. Famous International Personalities & Leaders in the News 3. Global Energy Issues & Policies 4. Global Environmental Issues & Policies 5. International Economic Assistance Issues & Policies 6. International Military Alliance Issues & Policies 7. International Space Exploration Issues & Policies 8. International Trade Issues & Policies 9. Major Current International Crises 10. Major Issues, Events & Policies in Countries of the World 11. Nuclear Weapons Issues & Policies in the World 12. The United Nations: Issues, Policies & Leaders 13. World Drug Issues & Policies 14. World Economic Issues & Policies 15. World Food & Hunger Issues 16. World Population Issues 17. World Science & Technology Issues & Policies

Students will be allowed to use the internet during prep time for Extemp Speaking and throughout the rounds of Discussion.

Individual Awards:

Medals awarded to top six in each category. Champion in each category will also receive a stuffed eagle.

Ribbons to speakers of excellence who do not final.

Team Sweepstakes:

Team trophies will be awarded to the top three large entry teams and first place small entry team. 

Manager contact information

Angie Klein
Email address: aklein@isd186.org

Cell: 605-354-2230

Mailing address

Pequot Lakes High School

30805 Olson Street

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Manager contact information

Angie Klein
Email address: aklein@isd186.org
Phone number: 605-354-2230

Mailing address

30805 Olson St.
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

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