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This is a Middle School tournament in Indiana.

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Greetings Coaches and Competitors,


You are invited to Logansport Junior High School Tournament on November 18, 2023. We will be competing in person at 2901 Usher Street, Logansport, IN, 46947 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.


AWARDS - Double ribbons will be awarded to the top six places in each event (12 entries). Team trophies will be awarded to the top three schools in both large and small divisions for Team Sweepstakes.


CATEGORIES - We will be offering all Indiana Middle School Speech & Debate Events, including Indiana Middle School Lincoln-Douglas Debate (traditional format).



Lincoln-Douglas Debate Resolution

Dress codes improve educational outcomes in learning environments.


DISCUSSION - Middle School Discussion Theme: Technology


Round 1: Screens for Good: In what ways can teens use screens to improve their lives, communities, and society as a whole? Consider education, mental and physical health, empathy, and global awareness for example.

Round 2: Future Tech Trends: What do you think the future holds for technology and teens? Are there emerging technologies (like virtual reality or artificial intelligence) that you find exciting or concerning? What technologies do you hope can be created or are worried might be created but shouldn't? How might these technologies shape the future for your generation?

Round 3: Teens & Screens: What do teens want when it comes to screen time (autonomy, apps, downtime, access, etc.)? What do parents want? What do teachers, child psychologists, technology experts, pediatricians, and other professionals say about teens and screens? With all of these perspectives, what is an ideal plan for teens and screens?


DOUBLING - Doubling is encouraged in all categories with these exceptions. These specific combinations will not be available:




ENTRY DEADLINE, FEES, & CAPS - Entries are due on Wednesday, November 15, at 12:00 pm. Each school is limited to 50 entries. Late additions are discouraged but may be permitted on a case-by-case basis.


SWEEPSTAKES - Schools with 25 or more entries will be entered as large schools. Schools with 24 or fewer entries will be entered as small schools.


DROP DEADLINE - The drop deadline is Saturday, November 18, at 6:00 am, after which you will need to text Natalie directly at 574-721-9848 to make drops.


JUDGES - Each school is responsible for bringing one judge for every five speech entries or fraction thereof (6 entries = 2 judges). Judges need to bring a laptop for scoring. We will score online through SpeechWire.


SPEECHWIRE REGISTRATION & ENTRIES - Please remember that in order to enter students and judges in the tournament, you must first collect email addresses from them, set up SpeechWire accounts for them, and remind each of them to activate their accounts. Participants cannot share the same email address. 


COACHES’ & JUDGES’ MEETING - There will be a meeting for coaches and judges beginning promptly at 8:45 am in the media center.


TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE - The schedule is tentative, but we will start at 9:00 a.m. There will be three speech rounds and four debate rounds. 


HOSPITALITY - There will be a judges lounge that will provide drinks, breakfast, and lunch for all coaches, bus drivers, and judges.


CONCESSIONS - Cash-only concessions will be available all day including breakfast and lunch options. Please encourage your contestants to purchase concessions to off-set costs for the tournament!


QUESTIONS - If you have any questions about this tournament, please contact Natalie Baldini at baldinin@lcsc.k12.in.us.




Please remind your students to clean up after themselves in their competition rooms and in the cafeteria.


Drops/adds/changes need to be reported to Natalie at 574-721-9848. Please include as much information/detail as possible when texting (student name, coach name, school name, category, etc.). The more information we have, the faster we can make changes.


Please prep your judges by sharing the Indiana MS Speech & Debate Rules with them.


Important tournament rooms

Radio Prep - 127 - Radio Prep
Extemp Prep - 129
Discussion - Library

Manager contact information

Natalie Baldini
Email address: baldinin@lcsc.k12.in.us
Phone number: 5747219848

Mailing address

2901 Usher Street
Logansport, IN 46947

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