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SkyHawk Speech Middle School Invitational

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This is a Middle School tournament in Nebraska.

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We are pleased to invite you to Skutt Catholic's SkyHawk Speech Middle School Invitational, on Friday April 26th, 2023.  All 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are invited to attend our competition. We are excited to offer the most event categories of any middle school meet in the state!

FEES/DEADLINES: Each entry costs $8.00.

Entries are due on SpeechWire by Tuesday April 23rd at 7:00 PM.

All drops after the deadline will incur an additional fee of $10.

All competitors may TRIPLE-enter, including those in Extemporaneous.


EVENTS: The following 11 event categories will be offered:

1) Declamation - Presentation of any non-original speech. 8 minutes maximum. Manuscript optional.

2) Extemporaneous Speaking - An original speech on a domestic or international public policy issue; student must speak on his/her chosen topic. 30 minutes preparation. 5 minutes maximum, no minimum. 1 4x6 note card optional. NSAA rules on filing to be followed.

3) Impromptu Speaking - An original speech; student must speak on his/her chosen topic. 5 minutes preparation. 7 minutes maximum, no minimum. 1 4x6 note card optional.

4) Persuasive Speaking (Original Oratory) - An original speech intended to rationally persuade the audience on any topic. 8 minutes maximum. Manuscript optional. Visual aids not allowed.

5) Expository Speaking - An original speech intended to inform and/or entertain an audience about any topic. 8 minutes maximum. Visual aids and props allowed; no digital VAs, please. One 4x6 note card optional. Manuscript not allowed.

6) Poetry Interpretation - Interpretation of a poem or program of poems, whether humorous or serious. If a program, a common author or theme is required. 8 minutes maximum. Manuscript required.

7) Humorous Interpretation - Interpretation of a prose/drama selection that is humorous in tone. 8 minutes maximum. Manuscript optional, memorization encouraged.

8) Dramatic Interpretation (Serious Prose) - Interpretation of a prose/drama selection that is serious in tone. 8 minutes maximum. Manuscript optional, memorization encouraged.

9) Duet Acting - Interpretation of a prose/drama selection that is humorous or serious in tone. 1 table and 2 chairs permitted (but not provided). 10 minutes maximum. Manuscript not allowed.

10) Improvisational Duet Acting - 2 students have 7 minutes to prepare a 3-5 minute duet skit based on given characters, situations, and objects. See 'files' section for more information on this fun and enlightening impromptu acting event!

11) Oral Interpretation of Drama (OID/Readers’ Theatre): A 15-minute maximum interpretation of a prose/drama selection by 3-5 students; no deliberate touching allowed. Each student must hold a copy of the script during the performance. Use of boxes or stools for staging is allowed (but not provided).

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: Tree-mendous awards will be presented to the top 6 students/groups in each category.

As in years past, if entry numbers allow - we will give certificates to additional sections of students. This will be determined after the deadline on a category-by-category basis.

TABULATION: Student placement will be determined by the following factors in order:

(1) Cumulative Rankings, (2) Cumulative Reciprocals, (3) Cumulative Speaker-points, (4) Head-on-Head Competition, (5) Average Opponent Rank, and finally (6) Number of Opponents Defeated.


Sweepstakes Awards will be given to the 1st and 2nd place teams overall. We will announce the top 5 teams. If there are any ties in team awards, the tie will be broken by the total number of entries per school placing in the top 6.

Team awards will be determined by points earned by the top 6 finalists in each event category. 1st place will earn 20 points for their school, 2nd place will earn 18 points for their school, 3rd place will earn 16 points, and so on. If there are more than 6 entries in a category to be recognized during awards, these points may be adjusted.


We will be awarding a "Team Quality Award" as well. This will be determined by taking the number of sweepstakes points earned for each team divided by the number of total entries for said team. We hope the Team Quality recognition will encourage programs of all size from across the state to participate in our competition!

JUDGING: You will need to bring 1 judge per every 6 entries.

Please ensure these judges are mature, knowledgeable of all speech events, and equipped to give effective feedback to competitors. The cost is $15 per uncovered entry.

FOOD: There will be a judges/coaches lounge (located in the teachers' lounge) with food and drink.

For students/competitors, concessions will be sold in our Commons throughout the tournament. Pizza will be sold starting at Round 2.

***NEW THIS YEAR: Teams may order meals for their students when registering on Speechwire. As this has been requested by several teams, we are adding this option to accommodate. Meals include a slice of pizza, chips, a drink, as well as a dessert or fruit. Students may still purchase items on an individual basis. Meal tickets will be given to the coach during registration when the team first arrives for the day. Teams do not need to order meals in advance for their students, we are just offering this as an option for those teams that would like to do so.***

CHECKS: Please make your check (1 per team) payable to Skutt Catholic High School c/o SkyHawk Speech

We are excited to host this competition, and hope to see your team on April 28th!  Please contact us with any questions or concerns.


Important tournament rooms

Judges Lounge - A138 Teachers Lounge
Extemp Prep - B124 Library/Media Center

Manager contact information

Brent Goetzinger Jack Hilgert
Email address: hilgert.jack@gmail.com
Phone number: 4025405696 & 4028100458

Mailing address

3131 S. 156th Street
Omaha, NE 68130

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