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Lincoln East

43rd Spartan Invitational


Dear Colleagues,

The Lincoln East Speech and Debate Teams, parents, and coaches invite you to attend our 43rd annual Spartan Invitational Speech Tournament on Friday, February 16, 2024.

For over a quarter century the Spartan Invitational has provided challenging competition in a wide range of forensic events, and this year's tournament will be no exception. We typically welcome 30-40 schools and anticipate similar participation this year.

 We are pleased to announce that the Spartan Invitational is once again a NIETOC Qualifying Tournament.  We will feature two finals divisions (Champ and Honors) in all events, and additional outrounds for NIETOC events, as entries warrant.  We will offer as many bids as we can (last year we offered 18 bids in all NIETOC events, 24 in Informative & Duo), so take this opportunity to try to qualify for a great national tournament.

In addition to top-notch competition, our concession stand and judges'/coaches' lounge will feature a cornucopia of wholesome (and not-so-wholesome) fare.  We want to treat you and your students to the best overall tournament experience possible.

For Nebraska schools the Spartan Invite offers a final chance to see how your team stacks up before state and national qualifiers.  For out-of-state schools we promise tough competition, a different judging pool, and maybe even some fun new events for your students to try.  To everyone we offer a well-run, on-time tournament with good food, good judging, and nice awards. 

If you have questions about the 2024 Spartan Invitational, please don't hesitate to contact us.  Good luck as the season progresses, and we sincerely hope to see you in February!                     


There will be three preliminary rounds breaking to Champ finals (top six), Honors finals (next six).  NIETOC events (where entries warrant) will break to additional final rounds in order for students to earn bids. 

Students may TRIPLE ENTER, however they will be responsible for making it to all their events on time or else they will be disqualified.  Extempers may lose prep time if they choose to triple enter . . . they will have to hustle.  We encourage cross entries, but we can't wait for speakers who are late. 

No competitor may use the same script or parts of the same script in more than one event.  A "novice" is defined as any student who has not competed in speech prior to August 2023.  You will identify your novices for us when register on Speechwire. There are no separate novice divisions.



Although regrettable, the size of the Spartan dictates that we restrict entries in order to have room for everyone.  Consequently we will enforce the following entry limits:

Individual Events and Duo:           6 entries per school per event

Oral Interpretation of Drama:        3 teams per school


Please note that entries may be refused once we’ve reached our space limit, regardless of whether the entry deadline has been met.  If we have additional space we will allow extra entries on a first come-first served basis, but only 6 entries/school/event will count toward sweepstakes.  To request additional entries simply put them on the tournament waiting list on the website.



*** ENTRIES ARE DUE BY 5:00pm ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2024. ***



Entry changes can be made on Speechwire until noon on the tournament day. After this time, please text me at 402.305.2845 with any changes.  No adds will be allowed on the day of the tournament.



Entry fees will be $8.00 per event. Any entries not "covered" by your judges cost an additional $20.00 per entry. 

Please make checks payable to Lincoln East Forensics.



You must furnish one judge for every 5 entries or part thereof.  Please make every effort to supply judges . . . we need your judges more than your money. If we cannot find judges and you cannot provide them, we may not be able to accommodate your entire entry.  All judges must be available for finals.



We will observe  NSAA rules for all events with the following exceptions:

  • Duet Acting performances are allowed to compete in Duo Interpretation and we will observe a 12-minute time limit

  • Oral Interpretation of Drama will observe a 15-minute time limit.


Sweepstakes trophies will be presented through fifth place.  Additionally, we will award a trophy to the outstanding "Small Entry" team (15 or fewer entries) with the highest number of sweepstakes points.

Additionally, we will offer a triathlon award to the individuals entered in three events who earn the most sweepstakes points.

The top six finishers and the top novice in each individual event will receive trophies. 

All other finalists will receive medals.

Duo will receive the same, but no novice awards. 

OID will receive trophies through 4th and medals for all finalists. 

We will break to as many finals as we can in NIETOC events to maximize the number of bids.



Please note that East High will have school in session until 1:00.  It would be best to arrive NO SOONER THAN 1:30 to avoid major traffic hassles.  We appreciate everyone’s efforts to be on time/early, but more convenient parking will be available after students and staff have departed, so please plan accordingly.


                                 1:30            Registration in the auditorium

                                 2:00            Extemporaneous Draw, Round 1

                                 2:30            Round 1

                                 3:30            Extemporaneous Draw, Round 2

                                 4:00            Round 2

                                 5:00            Extemporaneous Draw, Round 3

                                 5:30            Round 3

                                 7:00            Extemporaneous Draw, Finals

                                 7:30            Finals

We will accelerate the schedule wherever possible once the tournament is underway.



Nick & Elle




Manager contact information

Nick Herink
Email address: nherink@lps.org
Phone number: 402-305-2845

Mailing address

Lincoln East High School
1000 S. 70th Street
Lincoln, NE 68510

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