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UW-Whitewater Edna Sorber (Asynchronous)

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General information

This is a College tournament in Wisconsin.

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LP PROMPTS (posted 9am CST 11/26/22)

EXTEMP (Pick 1, 1 video, don't record prep)

  • Who will be the next speaker of the United States House?
  • How will the holiday shopping season impact concerns about recession and inflation?
  • What should the international community do about violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

IMP (Pick 1, 1 video, record prep)

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the war room.

-President Merkin Muffley

I’m not good at the advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?







The forensics team at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is pleased to invite you to the Wisconsin Swing!

This year the swing will consist of an asynchronous Edna Sorber Tournament and a Live On-Campus UWW Alumni Classic Forensics Tournament.

Rounds will take place via SpeechWire on November 29-December 2, 2022. Awards will be announced during the live tournament on Saturday, December 3 (we hope to make a live stream available).

This longtime tournament honors the past efforts of Dr. Edna Sorber, the former forensics director at UW-Whitewater who brought the 1967 Pi Kappa Delta National Convention to the UW-Whitewater campus.

Enclosed in this invitation are additional details including registration deadlines, tournament schedule, etc. 

We look forward to seeing you in December!




Brian Schanen & Emily Leong, Co-Directors of Forensics, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Sonny DeGuzman, Alumni Tournament Director, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater




  • Saturday November 26 12pm CST - Extemp and Impromptu prompts emailed to all entries in limited prep events

  • Monday November 28 5pm CST - Entries and corresponding videos due to Speechwire

  • Monday November 28 by 10pm CST - ALL Preliminary round ballots released via Speechwire

  • Thursday December 1 2pm CST - Preliminary ballot rankings DUE

  • Thursday December 1 5pm CST - Finals posting and ballots sent out

  • Friday December 2 5pm cst - Final ballots due

  • Saturday December 3 - Awards (we hope to provide a live stream)



Please register for the tournament and submit video links via SpeechWire no later then MONDAY NOVEMBER 28 5pm CST.

Students may enter up to 6 events TOTAL. Students may enter two duos (with different partners) but this will count as two events.

There are no limits on the number of entries a team can enter in any event, but teams entering large numbers in certain events may anticipate “competing” against teammates in preliminary rounds.

Please denote your novices when registering. We will recognize the top novice in each category at awards. Novices are defined as anyone in their first year (2 semesters) of collegiate competition.



Rule modifications for the tournament will follow recommendations made by the AFA-NST

  • All materials in competition shall not have been used by the student in interscholastic competition prior to September 1, 2022

    • It should be noted high school students or first year collegiate speech students are not permitted to reuse literature from high school.

  • Duo partners may perform from seperate or the same room

  • Tapings shall be single camera with a singular mic

  • Editing shall only be used for the purpose of adding visual aid(s)


$5/entry. One quality judge covers six slots.

There is a $15.00 fee for every uncovered entry.

$50 for ”no-show” judge/un-judged round fee.

Fees are assessed at registration close on Monday, November 28th, at 5pm cst.

Please make checks out to UW-Whitewater Forensics and mail to address below:

UW-W Forensics

℅ Brian Schanen

800 W. Main St.

424 Heide Hall

Whitewater, WI 53190


Unique Video Submission

We will ask that each video performance has not been/is not entered into another asynchronous tournament on the same weekend. We believe teams will act honorably and submit a unique performance video made exclusively for the UW-Whitewater Edna Sorber Tournament.

We ask that all video submission links be hosted via YouTube. Set the video to “unlisted” for the duration of the tournament. Following judging, we want teams to have control over the visibility of the performances, so students may turn the videos to “private” after the awards ceremony on Friday.

Content Warnings

If a student’s performance includes sensitive topic areas they anticipate may be triggering for audience members or judges, we ask you to enter those topics into the content warning space on Speechwire at the time you submit your entries.

Limited Preparation

We understand the unique challenge posed by limited preparation in the virtual environment. We will be using the honor system for extemporaneous and impromptu prep.

Prompts will be released at 12:00pm Central time on Saturday 26, 2022, and video links are due by registration close on the 28th. Extemp prep DOES NOT need to be included in the recording. However we ask that you DO include the prep period for impromptu speeches.


Students will be allowed to choose from an economic, international or domestic related question

IMPROMPTU: Traditional quotations


  • All event finalists

  • The top five individuals overall

  • The top five schools accumulating the greatest number of combined points from all of their final rounds combined. Points will be earned as followed:


Final Round: 1st (12 pts), 2nd (10 pts), 3rd (8 pts.), 4th (6 pts), 5th (4 pts), 6th (2 pts), remaining finalists 1 pt. Each.

Novices: Please denote your novices when registering. We will recognize the top novice in each event at awards. Novices are defined as anyone in their first year of collegiate competition.



Students are entered into individual sweepstakes regardless of the number of events entered or the categories entered. The top five individual speakers (based on total points earned in final rounds combined) will be honored at the awards ceremony.

Tiebreakers: 1) Highest total points, 2) Highest number of 1st-place awards in finals, 2nd-place, etc., 3) Highest total of events advancing to finals.



If teams are tied after calculating total team points, team tie-breakers will run as follows: 1) Highest total points, 2) Number of firsts in finals, 3) Number of finals


Host Information

UW-W Student Competitors

The UW-Whitewater forensic team will not enter students, unless needed to meet a minimum team threshold for AFA and/or NFA qualifications. In such case, students in their first year of college forensics will be entered, but not considered novices.

Hired Judges

The hired judge pool will consist primarily of forensics alums and friends of the program.


Information for UW-Whitewater's Campus:


As we gather here for the Virtual Edna Sorber Tournament, we acknowledge that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater exists today on the traditional lands of many Native people. We welcome the duty and opportunity to share stewardship of these lands.

While this State institution has a rich history, for thousands of years, this region, and these lands, were home to diverse Native peoples. In the knowledge and understanding of this history, we acknowledge that the land on which the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater now exists was and remains the historic and traditional territory of many Native peoples. The Ho-Chunk grew corn and gathered a living from these lands. The Potawatomi, then closely related to the Ojibwa and Odawa peoples, called this land home as well. We welcome and are honored, by the responsibility to be good stewards of these lands and good neighbors to all Wisconsin Indigenous populations. In concert with the Native American Cultural Awareness Association, Native Students, with faculty and staff, the University continues to explore durable and meaningful ways of acknowledging our relationship. We recognize these great Native nations and their respective sovereignties, and are thankful to be positioned in such prominent, historic, and meaningful landscapes, as we continue to provide educational opportunities for all whom the University serves.

Manager contact information

Brian Schanen
Email address: SchanenBH13@uww.edu
Phone number: 262-689-2335

Mailing address

UW-Whitewater, c/o Brian Schanen
Heide Hall 424, 180 N Prairie St, Whitewater, WI 53190
Whitewater, WI 53190

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