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Pequot Lakes The ''Not So'' Early Bird

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General information

This is a High School tournament in Minnesota.

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Tournament Schedule:

8:00 AM - Registration

8:45 AM- Judges' Meeting

8:45 AM - Round 1 Draw
Prep: ExRdg, ES, STY

9:15 AM - Round 1
Round 1: CR, DI, DUO, ExRdg, ES, GrSp, HI, INF, OO, PO, POI, PR, STY

9:30 AM - Round 1
Round 1: DIS

10:15 AM - Round 2 Draw
Prep: ExRdg, ES, STY

10:45 AM - Round 2
Round 2: CR, DI, DUO, ExRdg, ES, GrSp, HI, INF, OO, PO, POI, PR, STY

11:00 AM - Round 2
Round 2: DIS

11:45 AM - Round 3 Draw
Prep: ExRdg, ES, STY

12:15 PM - Round 3
Round 3: CR, DI, DUO, ExRdg, ES, GrSp, HI, INF, OO, PO, POI, PR, STY

12:30 PM - Round 3
Round 3: DIS

1:15 PM - Final Round Draw
Prep: ExRdg, ES, STY

1:45 PM - Final Round
Final round: CR, DI, DUO, ExRdg, ES, GrSp, HI, INF, OO, PO, POI, PR, STY

2:15 PM - Discussion Final Round
Final round: DIS

3:30 PM - Awards

Registration Deadline:

Wednesday, January 24 at 6:00 pm.

Entry Limits:

There are no team or category entry limits. 

Entry Fees:

$8 per entry; Each duo counts as 1 entry

Checks payable to Pequot Lakes High School

Entry Changes:

Entry changes (drops or adds) can be made on the Speechwire.com tournament site up until the end of registration. We will be site scheduling all rounds of competition in order to make sure rounds are equal and fair. To speed up the process, please text Angie Klein at 605-354-2230 the morning of the tournament once all drops and adds have been made.

Double Entering:

Double entering is allowed in ALL categories, including Discussion. Discussion will start 15 minutes later to accommodate those double entries (discussants are not allowed to  double enter in a draw category). Draw category double entries are allowed, but students can't double enter in 2 draw categories. It is the responsiblity of the student to make it to their draw on time.

Judging Requirements:

Teams need to bring 1 judge for every 6 entries or fraction thereof. A small number of judges will be available for hire at $100 for the day. Please email Angie Klein by Monday, January 22,  if you need to hire a judge. Please train your judges prior to the tournament.

Judging Finals: 

We ask that ALL judges be available to judge final rounds.

Tournament Format:

Three preliminary rounds and a final and honor final for categories with enough entries.

Minnesota State High School League Event Info:

Extemp. Reading Prose: ALL

Extemp. Reading Poetry: ALL

Storytelling: ALL



I. Legacy Media and Its Impacts (Subsection Topic)

B. The roles, responsibilities, and challenges of print media in fostering open communication (book bans, global “rag” magazines, corporate fiscal concerns).

E. The challenges facing traditional advertising (reaching clientele, monetization, “cancel culture”).

II. New/Digital Media and Its Impacts (Subsection Topic)

A. Impacts of “new” media in fostering open communication (validity of sources, fact-checking, confirmation bias, accuracy, online safety concerns).

E. Word choice in new media (generational divides, oversimplification of language, charged language, changes in terminology usage/meaning). 

US Extemp Speaking: 1. The Current U.S. Administration’s Domestic Policy & Actions 2. The American Political Scene a. Congress: Major Issues, Policies & Leaders b. Presidency: Major Issues, Policies & Leaders c. Judiciary: Major Issues, Policies & Leaders 3. Domestic Issues a. Crime, Justice and Law Enforcement b. Civil, Legal and Human Rights c. Labor-Management Relations d. Medicare and Social Security e. Taxation Issues & Policies 4. Famous Americans in the News 5. Federal & State Election Issues, Candidates & Office Holders 6. Major State Issues & Policies shaping the U.S. 7. U.S. Agricultural Issues & Policies 8. U.S. Business & Economic Issues & Policies 9. U.S. Educational Issues & Policies 10. U.S. Energy Issues & Policies 11. U.S. Environmental Issues & Policies 12. U.S. Health Issues & Policies 13. U.S. Population Issues & Policies 14. U.S. Science & Technology Issues & Policies 15. U.S. Space Exploration Issues & Policies

International Extemp Speaking: 1. The Current U.S. Administration's Foreign Policy & Actions 2. Famous International Personalities & Leaders in the News 3. Global Energy Issues & Policies 4. Global Environmental Issues & Policies 5. International Economic Assistance Issues & Policies 6. International Military Alliance Issues & Policies 7. International Space Exploration Issues & Policies 8. International Trade Issues & Policies 9. Major Current International Crises 10. Major Issues, Events & Policies in Countries of the World 11. Nuclear Weapons Issues & Policies in the World 12. The United Nations: Issues, Policies & Leaders 13. World Drug Issues & Policies 14. World Economic Issues & Policies 15. World Food & Hunger Issues 16. World Population Issues 17. World Science & Technology Issues & Policies

Students will be allowed to use the internet during prep time for Extemp Speaking and throughout the rounds of Discussion.

Individual Awards:

Medals awarded to top six in each category and honor final champion. Champion in each category will also receive a stuffed eagle. Ribbons of excellence given to honor finals and students with an exceptional performance but do not break into finals.

Ribbons to speakers of excellence who do not final.

Team Sweepstakes:

Team trophies will be awarded to the top three large entry teams and first place small entry team. 

Manager contact information

Angie Klein
Email address: aklein@isd186.org

Cell: 605-354-2230

Mailing address

Pequot Lakes High School

30805 Olson Street

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Manager contact information

Angie Klein
Email address: aklein@isd186.org
Phone number: 605-354-2230

Mailing address

30805 Olson St.
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

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