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Melrose Speech Extravaganza (Taylor's Version)

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This is a High School tournament in Minnesota.

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Welcome to the Melrose Area High School Speech Invitational 

DISCUSSION TASK DOCUMENT: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LWT80GHvOAEqPip7G_7LWbEE6Nr8Um09qtknB6rqTsA/edit

Date:  Saturday, March 23rd

*Subject to change* 
Format:  Three rounds, finals, and honors finals with all thirteen MSHSL events, along with Improv Speaking. 

Fees:  $6.00 per entry (duo counts as one).  Participants may double enter.  Checks can be made out to Melrose High School and mailed to 546 5th Avenue NE, Melrose, MN 56352.

Judges:  Please bring one qualified judge per every 6 participants or fraction thereof.  Preference of events is available during registration.

Registration due by March 15th

Please enter any drops or adds the morning of the tournament on a smartphone on the bus on the way to the tournament.

Awards:  Individual awards will be awarded to the top seven finalists in each category.   Team trophies will also be given.

Food:  A concession stand will be open in the high school commons area for the students.


We will be offering an extra category called "Improvisational Speaking" on Speechwire. We recommend this category for experienced speakers who would like a challenge.

How it will work: students will draw a topic from one envelope and a quotation from another envelope prior to performing. The topic will be the main idea of the speech, and the quotation must be included somewhere in the speech. So, for example, a student might draw "a broken down computer" and "I never realized unicorns could fly." They will have only 1 minute to prep (in the room) and up to 3 to perform.

The speakers can choose to make this more of an Interp piece by acting out a storyline, or more of a P.A. by informing or persuading. Simply put: however the student chooses to address the topic is up to them entirely! For the example above, a student might choose to create a dramatic performance about a horrific experience with a computer, a humorous story about a computer that taught them valuable lessons (some about unicorns), a persuasive speech about why we should eliminate computers from our lives and the lives of unicorns, etc.

We ask that students keep things school-appropriate, but mostly, we want them to HAVE FUN with this and make it their own. They will be judged on their ability to create a clearly defined speech and entertain.


Please contact Mikayla Curry mcurry@isd740.org with any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you to Melrose in March!

Manager contact information

Mikayla Curry
Email address: mcurry@isd740.org
Phone number: 320-333-5139

Mailing address

546 5th Avenue NE
Melrose, MN 56352

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