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Lincoln Southwest Silver Talon

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We are excited to extend this invitation to attend the 2024 Lincoln Southwest Silver Talon Speech Tournament.  The competition will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2024.   We hope you and your team have the opportunity to attend our twenty-second annual tournament. We are pleased to announce that we are a bid tournament for the 2024 National Individual Events Tournament of Champions in Bellevue, NE. Please discover more about the NIETOC at www.nietoc.com.
Registration will be held in the LSW main lobby and extemp prep will occur in the media center. We have modified the format of our tournament to facilitate the NIETOC bid process.
Key aspects for this year include:
        *Two preliminary rounds in all the events; one round will have two judges.
        *We will offer separate divisions for Duo Interpretation and Duet Acting. Students may enter both but must perform a different selection in each.
        *Students may quad enter in any event combination. Please ensure that OID and Extemp kids plan carefully for that situation.
        *Semifinals & Finals in all events except OID.
        *OID will have Champ/Honor/Merit finals (based on entry numbers).
*Finals - Trophy for first place and medals for all other places. Recognition for NIETOC bid recipients.
*Quadrathon - Trophies for the top three individuals.
*Sweepstakes - Trophies will be awarded to the top three teams. 
Entries will only be accepted on-line via www.speechwire.com. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 8 pm. Fees will be assessed when registrations closes.  Changes or drops after the deadline may be emailed to mheimes@lps.org, but will not reduce fees. Additional entries will be allowed if space permits.
Entries will cost $8 each (individual or group). You will need to provide one judge for every six entries or pay $15 for each uncovered entry.
We will be using NSAA guidelines for the nine Nebraska events. We will honor to longest time limits for each (OID=15, Duet=12, Inform=10) Full descriptions can be found at www.nsaahome.org.  Impromptu speakers will have five minutes to prep a 3-5 minute speech, which may be delivered from one 4x6 notecard. This year we are again offering Program Oral Interp, which, along with Duo Interp, will follow the standard NSDA rules. We will be using electronic draw for both Extemp and Impromptu. This means that students in those events must have ACTIVE SpeechWire accounts. A video tutorial regarding this process can be found here -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhB9U1iQaLY
The Silver Hawk Speech & Debate Advocates booster group is planning a variety of tasty treats for you and your team.  They will be serving breakfast, lunch and snack items throughout the day in the commons of both buildings.  Because we have many carpeted areas, please remind students of our 'no food or drink in the classrooms' policy.
You may reach me at school at 402/436-1306 extension 66252, at home at 402/438-3736, or via cell phone at 402/310-4153.
Email:  mheimes@lps.org.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
The Silver Hawk Forensics squad looks forward to hosting your team at our 2024 tournament!
Matt Heimes, LSW Speech Coach

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Matt Heimes
Email address: mheimes@lps.org
Phone number: 402-310-4153

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7001 S. 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68512

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