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Palm Beach Middle School Forensic League Tournament #8 (PBMSFL #8) Invitation



Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024


Location: Wellington Landings Middle School

1100 Aero Club Dr.

Wellington, FL 33414


Time: 3:40 PM - 7:30 PM



Wednesday, April. 10th, 5:00 PM is the deadline for entering students.

Friday, April. 12th, 5:00 PM is the deadline for entering judges and meals.

**You are REQUIRED to buy meals for all judges and coaches; the meal is included in the entry fee for students.**


Tournament Guidelines:

- This tournament is open to all students from PBMSFL member schools.

- The following events will be offered: Congressional Debate (separate Novice and Varsity divisions), Declamation, Dramatic Performance, Duo Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, - Lincoln Douglas Debate, Oral Interpretation, Original Oratory, and Public Forum Debate.

- There is an option to enter students as “observers.” Again, this is for STUDENTS-ONLY!

- The top six students in each event/division will receive awards

- Speech students may double enter. 


- The entry fee is $15 per student. This entry fee includes registration costs and dinner. Students who are double entered will pay for each entry separately.

- The entry fee is $7 for observers. This entry fee covers the cost of dinner.

- Schools are REQUIRED to buy meals for all judges and coaches at $7 per person.

- Students dropped after Wed, April. 10th, 5:00 will incur a $15 drop fee, in addition to forfeiting the cost of entry ($30 total). 

- Any changes made on the day of the tournament, April 17th, will incur a $30 fee ($45 total).



The cost of dinner is included in the $15 entry fee for students and the $7 entry fee for “observers.” Schools are REQUIRED to buy meals for all judges and coaches at $7 per person. The meal will include pizza (cheese or pepperoni), chips, and water.

**You must enter your meals on Speechwire under “Update your Meal Order” by Friday, April. 12th, 5:00 PM.


Judge Information:

Schools are required to provide a specific number of TRAINED judges based on their entries (judge quotas are listed below).

- Judges MUST provide a cell phone contact number on Speechwire.

- Please use the JUDGE NOTES to annotate conflicts, event preferences, or other pertinent information (i.e., the judge has a different last name than their child(ren)).

- Judges will go to the password-protected Speechwire website, to access their e-ballots. The ballot will also provide space to write a reason for decision (RFD) explaining their ranks, as well as space to leave individual feedback for the competitors. This feedback is important to competitors. Even though we’re in-person, the tournament will still use e-ballots on Speechwire. Judges MUST bring a laptop or tablet!

- We have changed our high school judge policy to allow any sophomore, junior, or senior with 150 NSDA points to judge.

- Schools will be fined $50 for each missing judge and will be required to drop students until your school complies with the judge quotas.

Judge Quotas:

Congress - 1 judge for every 5 entries, or fraction thereof

Lincoln Douglas - 1 judge for every 2 entries, or fraction thereof

Public Forum - 1 judge for every 2 entries, or fraction thereof

Speech - 1 judge for every 5 entries, or fraction thereof



Lincoln Douglas Debate will use the  April Topic: "Resolved: The primary objective of the United States criminal justice system ought to be rehabilitation."


Public Forum Debate will use the  April Topic: "Resolved: The United Nations should abolish permanent membership on its Security Council."

Impromptu Topics:

1) Nobel Prize Winners of the 21st Century

2) Quotes from Charlotte's Web by E.B. White


Extemporaneous Speaking Topic Areas:

1) International Diplomacy in Southeast Asia

2) U.S. Supreme Court


Congressional Debate legislation is posted under “Files for Download.”


Round 1 of Oral Interpretation will be PROSE. Round 2 of Oral Interpretation will be POETRY.


Manager contact information

Emily Kurz/Claire Holmes
Email address: claire.holmes@palmbeachschools.org
Phone number: 561-797-1985

Mailing address

1100 Aero Club Dr
Wellington, FL 33414

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