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Washington High School Circle of Courage Oral Interpretation Tournament

Friday, October 20, 2023

Oral Interpretation Coaches:

We are pleased to invite you to attend The Circle of Courage Oral Interpretation Tournament at Sioux Falls Washington, held Friday, October 20.  We will be holding three preliminary rounds of competition followed by a finals round and awards.  In addition to our varsity events, we will offer a novice division in all categories.  In the event that novice entries do not allow separate rounds in a particular category, we will combine novice and varsity, but will still separate results for the purpose of awards.  We hope to offer all competitors a positive experience. New this year, we are a NIETOC bid tournament.  Students placing in their events will receive one of two required bids to the NIETOC tournament held in May 2024 in Omaha, NE.  If you’d like more info about NIETOC, please let us know!  Bid placements will be determined as entry numbers are finalized, and I will update you as the date nears.

Events and entries

Schools may have an unlimited number of entries in each of our seven divisions:  Humorous Interp, Dramatic Interp, Duo Interp, Storytelling (theme:  perseverance), Non-Original Oratory, Poetry, and Reader’s Theatre.   Students may be double entered; we will allow a triple entry if the third entry is Reader’s Theatre.  Rounds will be staggered to keep the tournament running smoothly.


I will be using SpeechWire to manage the tournament entries.  Please login, locate The Circle of Courage Interp event, and proceed with registration.  Registration will be live on or before October 1, and I will notify you as soon as the system is ready to take your team’s entries.

Please have your entries in by 4pm on Wednesday, October 18 via SpeechWire.   Any changes after that will need to be emailed to me directly at michelle.mcintyre@k12.sd.us.  On the day of the tournament, prior to arriving at WHS, please call my cell phone with questions or last-minute changes in entries or judges.  My number is 605-359-0524.  For those traveling to WHS, if you can text/call with any changes once you are on the bus, we can get any changes taken care of prior to your arrival, to ensure a smooth and timely check in. We are starting a little earlier this year and would like to have everything ready as much as possible to get the event started smoothly.  SDHSAA rules govern the events.



Schedule – Includes a Finals Round !

2:15 – 3:15 – Registration in the Auditorium

3:20 – General Meeting in the Auditorium

3:45 – Round One – Reader’s Theatre

4:00 – Round One

5:00 – Round Two – Reader’s Theatre

5:15 – Round Two

6:30 – Round Three – Reader’s Theatre

6:45 – Round Three

7:45 – Finals - Reader’s Theatre

8:00 – Finals Round

9:30 – Awards in the auditorium

Concessions will be available in our commons area for all students.


Entry fees for the contest will be $9.00 per contestant per individual events, $13 per duo and $15 per Reader’s Theatre entry.  Fees will be assessed based on the entries received by 4pm on Wednesday, Oct. 18.  Fees must be paid on or before registration, and checks should be made out to Washington High School Oral Interp.  Fees for entries and judging are frozen as of Wednesday the 18th.


Each school must provide one judge for every 5 students or fraction thereof.  Please be sure to cover your judging commitments, as I do not have a large pool of judges available for hire.  The fee for any hired judges will be $70.  College students are acceptable as judges.  Please be sure to review relevant judging criteria with your judges so they are well-equipped to provide quality feedback that helps our competitors grow!!  Please also share that food and refreshments will be provided and that we expect them to stay available through the assignments of the finals round.  If not needed, they can leave once the finals round begins.


Students in the top six in each event will receive awards. NIETOC bids will be awarded based on entry numbers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email at any time at michelle.mcintyre@k12.sd.us

We look forward to seeing you and you teams for a great evening of competition.


Michelle McIntyre, Head Coach, WHS Interp                                                        Dakota Weisbecker, Assistant Coach, WHS Interp



Manager contact information

Michelle McIntyre
Email address: michelle.mcintyre@k12.sd.us
Phone number: 605-359-0524

Mailing address

Washington High School Oral Interp
501 N. Sycamore Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57110

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