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South St Paul Packers Middle School Tournament

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This is a Middle School tournament in Minnesota.

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Welcome to the 8th annual SSP Packer Middle School/Jr High Invitational on February 2, 2023.

There will be 3 rounds of competition and no finals, beginning at 3:45.  It is our goal to have everyone on the road by 8:15, or shortly thereafter. Depending on building usage that day, teams will EITHER use the cafeteria OR each team will be assigned a classroom space for their home base. Rather than a traditional concessions stand, we will be offering Pizza Hut pizza, with choice of sausage, cheese, or pepperoni, at cost, with a small surcharge for tax and a modest tip.   You may order the pizzas for your team via our site on speechwire. I ask that you enter a preliminary pizza order by Tuesday, Feb 1 so that I can give the restaurant a number for which to prepare.  Since we no longer have veniding machines that sell pop, I will supply a variety of pop for them. Students can purchase other treats from one of the school vending machines or bring their own sack lunch. If you have students that need gluten-free and/or vegan options, they are invited to get something to eat at the coach/judge lounge that WILL have a gluten-free and vegan option.  I would appreciate knowing ahead of time how many more people that might entail, so that I can be sure to prepare enough food,

Awards will be held in the Lecture Hall. 



2:45-3:15     Registration will be in front of the high school offices. It should be close to where you enter the building, and I promise that there will be signs.

3:15             Draws

3:45            Round 1 for all events

4:30            Draws for Round 2

5:00            Round 2

A little extra time is planned before Round 3 to allow for a supper break.

6:30            Round 3 

7:30            Awards



The fee is $3.50/competitor, with each duo entry being $7.00.  If you have any double-entries, it will be on you and the student to make it work.  We have a fairly tight schedule, so there isn't much wiggle room.

Entry deadline:

Please submit your initial entries by 3 pm Monday, January 31.  Fees will be set at 4:00 Tuesday, February 1, with the sole addition of any adds made afterwards.  Please make adds/drops throughout the week when you know of them.  PLEASE make any last-minute changes on Speechwire BEFORE you leave school on Thursday afternoon to travel to South St Paul.


Special category-specific  instructions:  

Discussion: The discussion schedule suggests that we use Part I of the outline.

DRAW EVENTS:We will hold draws for rounds 2 and 3, but come prepared with a speech/story/cutting of your choice for round 1.  Please let your student know that they will not be able to repeat that selection in rounds 2 and 3.

Extemp reading PROSE draws will come from the first 10 stories as listed on the MSHSL guide.  POETRY draws will come from the first twenty-four selections as listed on the MSHSL guide.

Storytelling draws will come from stories 1-9, as found on the MSHSL list.



 Please plan with your team the amount of pizza to order. Speechwire allows us to use its site to plan for food.  I BEG you to place a preliminary order by Tuesday so that I can give the restaurant a ballpark number on the amount of pizza we will need.  I am charging only enough to cover the cost of the pizza, plus tax and a small tip for delivery. Students can also purchase other snacks or beverages from our vending machines. Of course, students always have the option of bringing their own supper.



Your school must provide one judge for every six entries or fraction thereof.  Please indicate each judge's preference as you enter them on speechwire. If you forget, I will change their preference to EITHER.  Experienced junior and senior speech team members with at least two years of speech experience may serve as judges.  I do not expect to have extra judges available for hire. There will be a lounge for coaches and judges in our FACS room, A149. We will probably be serving homemade soup as the entree.



School lets out at 2:35, and the parking lot is pretty crazy untl 2:45. I would advise NOT arriving until after that time. 

Directions to reach South St. Paul H.S.:

…from the west:  Take 494E.  Exit on 7th Ave.  Go left at the top of the exit.  Follow 7th Ave. north until you come to a “T” with Marie Ave.  Turn right at the stop sign.  Proceed one full block.  Turn left onto 6th Ave.; continue one block and take left into parking lot.

…from the east:  Take 494W.  Exit on 5th Ave.  Go right at the top of the exit.  Follow 5th Ave. north until you come to Marie Ave.  Turn left at the stop sign.  Proceed one short block.  Turn right onto 6th Ave.; continue one block and take left into parking lot.

…from the north or south:  Take Hwy 52  to Southview Blvd.  Take a right if coming from the south, or a left if coming from the north.  Follow Southview Blvd around the curve to the "T" intersection.  Take a right to continue on Southview to 7th Ave.  Turn left and go one block until you come to a “T” with Marie Ave.  Turn right at the stop sign.  Proceed one full block.  Turn left onto 6th Ave.; continue one block and take left into parking lot.


PARKING: As long as you don't arrive until after 2:45, there should be room to park in the lot on the east side of the building.  Enter through the covered doors on the east side of the building.  Registration will be straight ahead and then to your left.

Manager contact information

Ceil McDonald
Email address: cmcdonald@sspps.org
Phone number: 651-900-3797

Mailing address

700 North 2nd St
South St Paul Secondary School
South St Paul, MN 55075

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