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Star Tribune Eastview Lightning Classic

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This is a High School tournament in Minnesota.

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Your team is cordially invited to the Star Tribune Lightning Speech Classic presented by the Eastview High School Speech Team. Our tournament will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Eastview High School and Valley Middle School of STEM in Apple Valley, MN.  All 13 MSHSL categories will be open to registration and we will allow NSDA rules in all events. We will also have POI (program oral interpretation) and we are a NIETOC bid tournament.  Like we have done for the past several years at our tournament, we will offer two divisions of competition: Open and Championship. Open division is for your less-experienced speakers (this is 9th-10th graders or first year in speech, not a new category) and Championship is geared towards your more experienced speakers (Juniors and Seniors).  This way, everyone will compete with competition at their level.  Students may not compete in different divisions.  Double Entries are welcome (even in discussion).  However, students are not allowed to double enter into two draw categories or to double enter in Discussion and a draw category..   Each division will have a final round.  We also will have honorable mentions at the awards ceremony for those that just miss the final round. 

To avoid less-than-desirable speaking rooms, we are going to be utilizing two buildings.  Valley Middle School of STEM in Apple Valley will house our Open division and Eastview High School will hold our Championship division.  However, ALL EXTEMP. SPEAKING - both Championship AND Open - WILL COMPETE AT EASTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL.  The other draw events will be split between buildings as describe  FEBRUARY 14 UPDATE: All open events (including open International and open United States Extemporaneous Speaking) will now be held at Valley Middle School of STEM.  

As always we will have a great judges' and coaches' lounge.  Concessions will be available to students, coaches and judges throughout the day.

Here us some other important information:


As we have done in the past, we will have an Open Division (for the less-experiences speakers; usually 1st or 2nd year) and Championship Division (more experienced speakers).  We will have a final round in each division.  Honorable mentions will be mentioned (and ribbon given) for those who just miss the final round.


Each entry will be $7.00 ($14.00 for each duo entry).  The drop deadline is Wednesday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m.  Drops made after that deadline will forfeit the original entry fee.


Please provide one judge for every six entries.  Uncovered judges will cost $150.00

Shuttle Buses We will provide shuttle buses from Valley Middle back to EVHS at the end of the day.  You will need to drop your kids off at the correct building in the morning.

If you have any other questions please email zachary.prax@district196.org.


Manager contact information

Zach Prax
Email address: zachary.prax@district196.org
Phone number: 9522010201

Mailing address

6200 140th Street
Apple Valley , MN 55024

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