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Melrose Speech Extravaganza

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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 Melrose Area High School Speech Invitational sponsored by Freeport State Bank at Melrose High School.

Date:  Saturday, March 25th

*Subject to change* 
Format:  Three rounds, finals, and honors finals with all thirteen MSHSL events, along with Improv Speaking. 

Fees:  $6.00 per entry (duo counts as one).  Participants may double enter.  Checks can be made out to Melrose High School and mailed to 546 5th Avenue NE, Melrose, MN 56352.

Judges:  Please bring one qualified judge per every 6 participants or fraction thereof.  Preference of events is available during registration.

Registration:  Please register both competitors and judges on Speechwire.com by Monday March  20th at 6:00 pmPlease enter any drops or adds the morning of the tournament on a smartphone on the bus on the way to the tournament.

Awards:  Individual awards will be awarded to the top seven finalists in each category.   Team trophies will also be given.

Food:  A concession stand will be open in the high school commons area for the students.


*We have traditionally offered a 14th category. At this point, we are unsure if we will do so in 2022*

We will be offering an extra category called "Improvisational Speaking" on Speechwire. We recommend this category for experienced speakers who would like a challenge.

How it will work: students will draw a noun from one envelope and a quotation from another envelope prior to performing. The noun will be the topic of the speech, and the quotation must be included somewhere in the speech. So, for example, a student might draw "computer" and "I never realized unicorns could fly." They will have only 1 minute to prep (in the room) and up to 3 to perform.

The speakers can choose to make this more of an Interp piece by acting out a storyline, or more of a P.A. by informing or persuading. Simply put: however the student chooses to address the topic is up to them entirely! For the example above, a student might choose to create a dramatic performance about a horrific experience with a computer, a humorous story about a computer that taught them valuable lessons (some about unicorns), a persuasive speech about why we should eliminate computers from our lives, etc.

We ask that students keep things school-appropriate, but mostly, we want them to HAVE FUN with this and make it their own. They will be judged on their ability to create a clearly defined speech and their ability to entertain.


Please contact Mikayla Curry mcurry@isd740.org with any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you to Melrose in March!

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Mikayla Curry
Email address: mcurry@isd740.org
Phone number: 320-333-5139

Mailing address

546 5th Avenue NE
Melrose, MN 56352

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