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Summit Hilltopper Holiday Classic

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Please join the Summit High Speech and Debate team as we celebrate forensics and the festive season at our annual Summit Hilltopper Holiday Classic on Saturday, December 9 2023! 
We will be offering all of the 11 NJDSL Speech Events: Declamation, Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Improvisational Acting, Impromptu Speaking, Informative Speaking, Oral Interpretation,  Original Oratory, and Program Oral Interpretation.  
We will offer Congressional Debate, two divisions of Public Forum Debate, two divisions of Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and an open division of Parliamentary Debate.
Students may double enter in any of the in person speech events, but may not double enter if competing in student congress or debate.  
There will be three preliminary rounds and one final round in all eleven of the speech events.  The final round of EXTEMP will include cross-examination.
DEBATE will have four rounds with no final round unless time allows.
In Public Forum and in Lincoln Douglas, students will be debating the November/December resolutions.
CONGRESS will have two sessions.  Please email all BILLS by Fri, December 1.  We will upload the bills to SpeechWire by Sun, December 3.
We will be using electronic ballots. Every judge must:
  • Download CHROME.
COACHES-you must enter the emails for all of your judges when you register online.
Awards will be given to the six finalists in each event, to the top non-advancing novice in each event, and sweepstakes trophies to the top three schools.
The deadline for entry is Wed, Dec 6,  at 11:59pm EST. Registration will be done online at www.SpeechWire.com.  A nuisance charge of $20 will be charged for any adds made after this time, or drops made after Wed, Dec 6 at 11:59pm.    
Please present payment in the form of cash, check, or purchase order on the day of the tournament. 
Team Fee                $25.00
Individual Speakers     $12.00 per slot
Lincoln Douglas Debate  $15.00
Duo Teams and PF Teams  $20.00  per team
Missing Judge Fee       $100.00
One judge per 5 speech entries/one judge per 3 debate entries
Congress judges will be pulled from the Speech pool.
Parli judges will be pulled fro the PF pool.
Please make checks/purchase orders payable to: Summit High School.
We will  be selling hot food to students this year in addition to  snacks and drinks.  We will not be selling plastic water bottles, but we will be selling the NJSDL reusable bottles.
Judges will be provided breakfast and a delicious lunch in our Teachers' Cafeteria. 
We are offering this exciting and dynamic form of debate again this year. In this event, teams of 2 students compete in a more parliamentary-style debate. To find out more, please check out the NYPDL’s informational literature on the event either online or in our provided materials. This style uses impromptu motions only, meaning that no outside preparation is allowed or required. Teams will be given 15 minutes to prep. Because of the ease of understanding of this event, we will be using the PF judge pool for this event, though other judges may be asked to help out if necessary. Therefore, please add your judges to the PF pool accordingly.
Saturday, December 9, 2023
Summit High School, 125 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit, NJ 07901
REGISTRATION will be open from 7:45-8:45 am.  PLEASE arrive on time so that we can begin Round One promptly at 9:30am.  
TEXT or CALL when your team is en route to let us know if you have any drops:
Anne Poyner  908-304-4288   
7:45-8:45am Registration in the Auditorium Lobby
9:00 Judges Meeting in Auditorium.
9:00 Extemp Draw in Orchestra Room
9:30 Rd 1  all speech events, Congress, PF
11:00 Rd 2  speech; PF
1:00 pm         Rd 3  speech; PF; Congress 
3:00 Rd 4 PF;  FINALS all speech
Looking forward to seeing y'all on December 9!
Anne Poyner, Director of Theatre and Forensics



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Tab Room - 107 (tab)

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Anne Poyner
Email address: apoyner@summit.k12.nj.us
Phone number: 9083044288

Mailing address

Summit High School
125 Kent Place Blvd.
summit, NJ 07901

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