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Dear Coach and Team:


The William Chrisman chapter of the National Speech & Debate Association cordially invites you and your team to attend our tournament on Dec 2-3, 2022.  


Entries for the Novice tournament should be entered online at https://www.speechwire.com/ by registering with the tournament:

Independence Winter Classic - William Chrisman HS.


Novice competition will be at Wm. Chrisman High School.  Varsity competition will be held at UCM.  Contact scrank@ucmo.edu for more information. Events at the novice tournament will include:  Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, International and United States Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Informative Speaking, Humorous and Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Prose, Poetry and Student Congress (NSDA November legislation).


Policy Debate topic:  Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in one or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity.

Lincoln-Douglas topic (NSDA Nov/Dec): Resolved: The People’s Republic of China ought to prioritize environmental protection over economic growth.

Public Forum (NSDA Nov/Dec):  Resolved: The United States’ strategy of Great Power Competition produces more benefits than harms.


The deadline is Monday, November 21, 2022.  

Entry fees will be $8.00/entry.  


I will guarantee three entries per event per school, then lift the remaining off the waitlist as space allows.  Before 2pm, Tuesday, November 22, I will email when all waitlisting decisions have been made.  You’ll be able to view that on Speechwire.

Independence Schools will be out of session November 23-25 (Wednesday through Friday).  Shelia Holt may be contacted by email or cell during that time.



Shelia Holt & the William Chrisman speech and debate team

Wm. Chrisman Speech and Debate Coach

SCHOOL PHONE 816-521-5355

Cell:  816-885-6644

Please note the spelling of my first name to ensure email delivery:  Shelia_holt@isdschools.org

Friday, December 2


1:30pm - 2:45 pm                                       Registration in the small gym (north lot) 

Traveling north on Noland, pass by the front of the building.  Turn east (right) onto Nickell Ave. Turn into the first right turn.  Follow directions from humans from there.  Your students will enter into the back of our building.  They will be held in the Small Gym and surrounding hallways until 2:35.  At that point, you’ll be released to your assigned place (to be sent out after confirmations). 

Drop off Directions with pictures.


2:45 Extemp draw Rd. I (hallway outside the auditorium) - 1st speakers in extemp will begin at 3:15; all other events begin at 3:00.

3:00 Rd. I Individual Events / Congress (3:00–4:15) (NSDA November legislation)

4:00 Draw for Extemp Rd. II 

4:30 Rd. II Individual Events / Congress (4:30-5:45) (NSDA November legislation)

6:00 Rd. I Debate

7:30 Rd. II Debate


Saturday, December 3


7:45am Draw for Extemp Semifinals - 1st speakers in extemp will begin at 8:15; all other events begin at 8am.

7:45am Congress Super Session (7:45 – 9:15) (NSDA November legislation)

 8:00 Semifinals Individual Events

 9:30 Rd. III Debate

11:00 Rd. IV Debate

12:30pm Draw for Extemp Finals

1:00 Finals of Individual Events

2:30 Quarterfinals of Debate

4:00 Awards Assembly

4:30 Semifinals of Debate

6:00 Finals of Debate

General Rules

  1. A student may enter two individual events and one debate event.

  2. Novice is defined as a student in his/her first year of high school competition.

  3. Debaters may not enter more than one debate event: Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, & Public Forum debate.

  4. Students may enter only one division of extemp.

  5. Each school is asked to provide at least one timekeeper if possible. 

  6. A coach or qualified sponsor must be on site at all times.


Individual Events Rules – All MSHSAA rules regarding electronics use apply.

  1. U.S. and International Extemporaneous Speaking:  Topics will be based on current events.  Consultation during prep time is prohibited.  Time limit:  7 minutes.

  2. Original Oratory:  The speech must be the original work of the student and may contain no more than 150 words of direct quotation.  Time limit:  10 minutes.

  3. Informative Speaking: The speech must be the original work of the student.  Time limit:  10 minutes.

  4. Humorous, Dramatic & Duo Interpretation:  A competitor may not use the same script in more than one event. Time limit:  10 minutes.

  5. Prose and Poetry:  Competitors must prepare a prose selection for Prose.  Competitors must prepare a poetry selection for Poetry. A competitor may not use the same script in more than one event.


Student Congress (NSDA November legislation)

  1. Session 1:  3:00-4:15.  Session 2:  4:30-5:45. Super Session:  7:45am – 9:15am.

  2. There will be a permanent presiding officer assigned.

  3. Legislation is attached in the email invitation.  The docket will be set as it appears in the attached document.   

  4. Advancing to Supersession will be determined by: ranks, reciprocals, total points.

  5. Finalists will be determined by SS ranks, reciprocals, SS points, prelim ranks, prelim reciprocals, prelim points.


Cross-Examination Debate Rules

  1. Time limits will be 8-3-5.  Prep time:  5 minutes.

  2. The national topic will be debated.

  3. Teams must remain constant in personnel throughout the tournament.

  4. Being more than 10 minutes late to a round, through no fault of the tournament, may result in a forfeit.

  5. In case of forfeit or bye, the winning team will receive speaker rankings that are the average of the other rounds of debate.

  6. The following criteria will be used to determine quarterfinals:

    1. Win/Loss record

    2. Speaker ranks

    3. Record of opponent(s) lost to.

    4. Total opposition record

    5. Oppositions’ opposition record


Lincoln-Douglas Debate Rules

  1. The topic will be the NSDA November/December

  2. Time limits will be 6-3-7-3-4-6-3.  Prep time:  4 minutes.

  3. Quarterfinalists will be determined by:

    1. Win/Loss record

    2. Record of opponent lost to.

    3. Total opposition record.

    4. Oppositions’ opposition record.


Public Forum Debate Rules

1.  The topic will be the December NSDA Topic.

2.  Time limits will be 4-3-2-2.  Prep time:  2 minutes.

3.   Quarterfinalists will be determined by:

  1. Win/Loss record

  2. Speaker Ranks

  3. Record of opponent lost to.

  4. Total opposition record.

  5. Oppositions’ opposition record.

4.  In case of forfeit or bye, the winning team will receive speaker rankings that are the average of the other rounds of debate.


Sweepstakes Rules

Best two entries count for sweepstakes.

Individual Events: Semifinals 5 pts

Finals 10 pts

Third Place 5pts

Second Place 10 pts

First Place 15 pts


Debate: Win: 5 pts

Quarterfinals 15 pts


Congress: Super Session 10 pts

Trophy points are the same as IE’s


Manager contact information

Shelia Holt
Email address: shelia_holt@isdschools.org
Phone number: 816-885-6644

Mailing address

William Chrisman High School
1223 N Noland
Independence, MO 64050

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