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Cotter Speech Meet

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General information

This is a High School tournament in Minnesota.

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Unique things for our 2024 meet:
  • Time cards will be used in one preliminary round and all final rounds to prepare kids for MSHSL subs/sections/state.
  • We are a NIETOC Nationals Bid Tournament.  
  • Along with 13 MSHSL categories we will offer POI, Impromptu, and Duet Impromptu (described below).
  • Double entries allowed, triple entries only if in Impromptu or Duet Impromptu.
  • Sweepstakes trophies for large school, small school, AND quality team (described below) as well as a 9x13 Bloedows Party donut.
  • Duo Impromptu winners will also receive a 9x13 party donut.
Tournament Format:
  • There will be three preliminary rounds of competition followed by a Final consisting of students who ranked 1-6 in prelims.  
  • Due to size of tournament, we are anticipating some categories will have a Next-In Final (ranks 7-12).
Duet Impromptu:
  • ‚Äč7-minute time limit.
  • All entries will be drawn for a pairing with another speaker…so a chance to get to know a speaker from another school.
  • Each team will draw two characters, one setting, and one object - the clock starts.
  • They will need to come up with a story tying all together and perform it in 7 minutes.
Entry Fees:
  • $7.00 per entry (Duos count as one entry).  
  • Checks are payable to "Cotter Schools", with "Speech Meet" in the memo line.  
Registration Deadline:
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 10:00pm.
  • To help better plan the rooms, please have all preliminary entries in Speechwire by Friday, March 1, 2024 at 10pm.
Judging Requirements:
  • Teams are required to bring one judge for every six entries.
  • Additional judges will be available to hire for $90.00 if teams cannot meet this requirement. Please contact Amy French as soon as possible if you anticipate you will need to hire a judge.
  • Make all necessary drops to your registration on Speechwire by March 24 at 8am.
  • There will be team sweepstakes awarded to the large and small school winners. 
    • Individual awards will also be given for the Finalists and Next-In Finalist (if held) in each category.  
  • We will also be awarding a Quality Team Champion.
    • To be considered for this award, a school must have a minimum of five category entries (not quantity of students).  
    • Calculations will be based on a school's sum of preliminary round results (1st = 6 pts, 2nd = 5 pts, etc) divided by number of team's entries into the categories.
      • For example if Hogwarts has 27 entries and score 315 pts, their Quality score would be 315/27 = 11.67.  
    • This is being done to balance the Quality of the speaker vs. the Quantity of the entries brought to a tournament.
Please contact Amy (507-450-2690) or Bob if you have any questions. We look forward to a great tournament!

Manager contact information

Amy French
Email address: amyjfrench516@gmail.com
Phone number: 507-450-2690

Mailing address

Cotter High School Speech Team
1115 W. Broadway
Winona, MN 55987

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