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61st Annual Denfeld Rotary Speech Tournament

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This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Minnesota.

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Welcome to the 61st  Annual Denfeld High School Rotary Tournament!  We are glad you are coming to Duluth! We offer a unique blend of AA  and A schools. New programs, buidling programs and high achieving programs find this tournament to be the perfect match! Your students will find a competitive quality with a friendly atmosphere. Come and join us this season.  For many of you this may be your 35th appearance at Denfeld and others this may be your first venture at heading up North! Many teams have made this their over-night tournament and have made it their tradition; citing the team bonding that happens when going over-night with your team.  Whatever your decision we hope you'll make the Denfeld Rotary your choice this year!


Categories: We will be offering all 13 MSHSL categories. We will also offer the NSDA category Program Oral Interp (POI)

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 (Initial Team Entry Deadline). Thursday, Feb. 3rd at 7:00pm  all drops  will not result in a change of statement. Judges at this date should also not be dropped due to any drop in team.

Entry Limits: There are no team or category entry limits. In smaller events members of your team might speak with other teammates.

Entry Fees: $7 per entry. Checks payable to Denfeld Speech.

Entry Changes: Entry changes (drops or adds) can be made on the speechwire.com tournament site up until the end of registration, Saturday, Feb. 5, 8:00 am. We will be site scheduling all rounds of competition in order to make sure rounds are equal and fair. For this reason, registration must be completed promptly by 8:00 AM or a phone call to 218-391-4696 must be made to report your team drops and adds.

Double Entering/Triple:  Double entering is allowed in ALL categories, including discussion. Discussion will start 15 minutes later to accommodate those double entries (discussants should speak first and then report to the draw room). Draw category double entries are allowed, but students should not double enter in 2 draw. Triple entries are also allowed but speakers must not manipulate their round and must make it work as it shows on the schedule as much as possible.

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 $80 for the day. Please email Jill Lofald if you need to hire a judge by Monday, January 31st  The earlier the better!

Judging Finals:  We ask that ALL judges be available to judge final and/or honors.

Tournament Format: Varsity: Three preliminary rounds and a final (1-7) and honors finals (8-14)

Minnesota State High School League Event Info: please share with your team!

Extemp. Reading Prose: TBA

Extemp. Reading Poems: TBA

Storytelling:  Stories - 1-10. 

In ALL Draw events you:1. Cannot repeat a cutting. 2. Our selection will automatically appear on the judge critique  3. Will draw for Final Round


Team Sweepstakes: Team trophies will be available for the top 5 teams. We will also have a team SMALL SCHOOL championship trophy available for teams with UNDER 15 entries! 

Concession Stand Options:  We will host a COVID Safe Concession Stand throughout the day.  Students will find; pizza, mac & cheese, soda, water, candy and an assortment of other options! This is a major fundraiser for the team so encourage them to bring money and support our program.

NIETOC Bid Tournament: The Denfeld Rotary Invitational is officially a bid tournament site for the National Individual Event Tournament of Champions. Students competing in Drama, Duo, Humorous, Info. POI, Extemp. Speaking or Original Oratory have the ability to earn a bid that will get them one step closer to competing at the NIETOC Tournament in Houston, Texas, May 12-15, 2022.  For more information visit their official website.

Manager Contact: Jill Lofald - jill.lofald@isd709.org       Cell # 218-391-4696



Manager contact information

Jill Lofald
Email address: jill.lofald@isd709.org
Phone number: 218-391-4696

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401 N. 44th Ave. W.
Duluth, MN 55807

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