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MSHSL Section 3AA Speech Tournament

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Minnesota State High School League

Section 3AA Speech Tournament

Tuesday March 19, 2024

Park High School


Tournament Information


Location: Park High School - 8040 80th Street South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Registration Information: All registration will take place on the SpeechWire website (www.speechwire.com). Remember that all teams can enter a maximum of 39 entries in the section tournament. How you place your 39 entries is entirely up to you. All registrations must be in no later than 5:00 PM on Wednesday March 14, 2024 and all changes to your entry made no later than 12 Noon on Sunday, March 17, 2024. 

Section 3AA Schools: The following schools are assigned to compete in Section 3AA for Speech.

Cretin-Derham Hall High School 

Eagan High School

East Ridge High School

Two Rivers High School

Park High School

Rosemount High School

Simley High School 

South Saint Paul High School

Saint Paul Central High School

Saint Paul Harding High School 

Saint Paul Highland Park High School 

Saint Paul Johnson High School 

Tartan High School 

Woodbury High School 


Tournament Logistics


Tournament Format: We will hold 3 preliminary rounds of competition and a final round of competition in every event. The top 7 students from preliminary competition will advance to the final round in each event. The top 3 students in the final round of competition will advance to the MSHSL Class AA State Speech Tournament to be held at Shakopee High School on Saturday April 20, 2024. 

Team Arrival at Tournament: Please arrive between 2:30 and 3:00 PM so that registration can be completed by 3:10 PM. All teams should have their busses drop them off at the Activity Center Entrance of Park High School. Students and coaches should congregate in the Activty Center where registration will take place.  Students can use the cafeteria, starting at 3:10 PM as a place to congregate throughout the evening in between rounds of competition. 

Team Registration: Registration will take place outside of the Activity Center. It is critical that you call in all changes to Chris McDonald by 2:30 p.m; a call from the bus would be optimal to faciliate the scheduling process. Please call 651-283-5976 with all drops to your entry. Adds are not permitted on the day of the tournament.

Draw/Prep Room: All draw events and preparation for those events will take place in the Park Media Center.  

Ballot Drop/Tab Room: The tab room will be located in a computer lab off of the Media Center. All ballots will be electronic on Speechwire.

Timers: Every school is required to provide the section with at least 1 timer to be used during the course of the section tournament. You can email the names of your timers to chris.mcdonald@district196.org 

Judges/Coaches Lounge: The judges/coaches lounge will be located in the Park HS FACS Room. A short judges meeting will take place in the FACS Room. 

Student Lounge/Gathering Area: Students may use the cafeteria area as their gathering area throughout the tournament.

Student Meal Information: We are working on this and will post and email out information once we have put this together. 

Awards: Awards will be held at 9:30 PM in TBA


Section 3AA Speech Tournament

Tuesday March 19, 2024

Tournament Schedule

Registration 2:30 – 3:00 PM
Judges Meeting 3:30 PM
Draw for Round #1 3:15 PM
Round #1 3:45 PM
Draw for Round #2 4:30 PM
Round #2 5:00 PM
Draw for Round #3 5:45 PM
Round #3 6:15 PM
Dinner 7:00 PM
Draw for Final Round 7:30 PM

Final Rounds for Non-Draw Events 7:45 PM
Final Rounds for Draw Events 8:00 PM
Awards 9:30 PM

The following need to be turned in to Chris McDonald during registration from each school. Please email chris.mcdonald@district196.org with any questions regarding the tournament, rules, or items that need to be collected during the registration process.

1. Copies of scripts for Original Oratories.
2. Copies of scripts for Creative Expression.
3. Copies of scripts for Great Speeches, including title(s) of speech(es), author, date, and site of presentation.
4. Copies of scripts for Informative Speeches.
5. Copies of scripts for all Interp Events: Humorous, Poetry, Prose, Drama, and Duo.




Manager contact information

Chris McDonald
Email address: Chris.McDonald@district196.org
Phone number: 651-283-5976

Mailing address

4185 Braddock Trail
Eagan, MN 55123

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