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The Final Countdown

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This is a High School tournament in Missouri.

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Dear Coach and Team,

     The Odessa Chapter of the National Speech and Debate Association cordially invites your team to enter The Final Countdown on February 23rd & 24th, 2024. This will be an Open invitational, meaning students of all experience levels are welcome to attend and compete. 

Odessa will host Open divisions of the following events: Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Policy Debate, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation (POI), Prose Reading, Poetry Reading, Storytelling, LIVE Radio, International Extemp, U.S. Extemp, Original Oratory, Informative Speaking, and Congressional Debate.

Policy, LD, & PF debaters will have four rounds of preliminary competition, breaking to semifinals and finals on Saturday. (possibility of 6 rounds straight for CX debate if entries are low) 

Individual Events will have two preliminary rounds, breaking top 6 to finals. Congress will have two preliminary sessions breaking to a final Super Session.

Please note that as per MSHSAA regulations, laptops and all other electronic devices are permitted; HOWEVER, Odessa does not guarantee power sources.  Students using electronic devices in classrooms may not unplug any electronic device in order to utilize an electrical outlet.

Each school is responsible to provide a minimum of 1 judge and an additional judge for every 8 entries. 

(Any additional judges will be graciously accepted, as this will be our second time hosting in over five years and will need all the help we can get with recruiting.)

Registration will be on Speechwire. Entries are due Friday, February 16th at 4:00pm

Due to our school’s small size we will be limiting entries to only two per event. Any additional entries will be waitlisted until we determine if space is available. 

If you have any questions please email or call Mike Brown at (816) 633-5533 ext. 5130 (school) or (480) 580-5898 (cell). 


Mike Brown                                  Samantha Hall 

Odessa Speech  & Debate Coach                Tournament Chair                 



Tournament Schedule:



Team Registration in entranceway -

 3:00 - 3:30

Round 1 Debate - 3:30 pm

Round 2 Debate - 5:00 pm

Round 3 Debate - 6:30 pm

Round 4 Debate - 8:00 pm


IE Registration (check in for returning teams) 7:30am-9:00am

Debate Semifinals - 8:00 am

Extemp Draw Round 1 - 9:30 am

Round 1 IE’s & Congress - 10:00 am

Extemp Draw Round 2 - 11:00 am

Round 2 IE’s & Congress - 11:30 am

Debate Finals - 1:00 pm

IE Finals & Congress Super Session  - 2:30 pm

Awards - 4:00 pm or ASAP

General Rules:

  • A student may enter a maximum of two individual events plus debate; Congress may only enter that specific event during IEs plus debate; debaters may only enter one debate event and extempers may only enter IX or USX, not both.

  • Each school must provide 1 qualified school judge and an additional judge for every 8 entries for each day of their school competition.

  • Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 places in Individual Events (4th-6th will receive medals), and 1st through semifinalists in Debate.

  • Entry fees are $8 per event.  Schools are financially responsible for all entry fees as of 2/20/24

  • All NSDA, MSHSAA, and Odessa High School policies will be in effect; competitor misconduct (smoking, harassment, assault, vandalism, etc.) could result in disqualification.

  • No playing of musical instruments (guitars, mandolins, harmonicas, harps, spoons, etc.) or electronic music without the use of headphones is permitted in the school.

  • A concession stand for competitors will be open, as well as a hospitality room for adults. Please have students keep food and drink in the team table area.

  • Tab will be in the Library and open throughout the tournament. 

  • Awards will be in the Auditorium.

  • Extemp Draw will be in the Auditorium.



Manager contact information

Michael Brown
Email address: mdbrown@odessar7.net
Phone number: (816) 633-5533 EXT 5130

Mailing address

713 S. Third St.
Odessa, MO 64076

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