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This is a High School tournament in Nebraska.

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Dear Speech Coaches:


On behalf of the Holdrege Speech Team, we are excited to invite you to attend the Voice of the Plains Tournament on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Holdrege High School.


Events: Contestants are allowed to triple enter, but please keep in mind students will be on a tight schedule.  We will run all ten NSAA events.


Competition/ Awards: The tournament will include both novice and varsity divisions with medals awarded to the top six places in both novice and varsity events.  Superior performances will also receive ribbons.  We will also give plaques to the top and runner-up team in both novice and varsity divisions!  You may enter each competitor in a maximum of three events.  The format will include two rounds, with the top six advancing to finals. (NO FINALS IN ANY EVENT WITH LESS THAN 10 ENTRIES) NOVICE FINALS WILL HAVE ONE JUDGE.  VARSITY FINALS WILL HAVE TWO JUDGES. Preliminary round ties will be broken by rank and then rating points.


Registration: To help us with planning, please email Tonya McCroden at tonya.mccroden@dusters.org at your earliest convenience to let us know that your team will be attending.  Fees are $7.50 per entry and you need to provide one judge for every six entries or pay an additional $100.00 for any uncovered entries.  We would prefer judges over money, so please do your best to cover your entries.  Any judging drops will be billed accordingly to the school.  All entries are due Sunday, February 18, at midnight with any changes being completed by Wednesday, February 21.  There will be no entries accepted the morning of the tournament. 


Hospitality: We will have breakfast and lunch for all coaches, judges, and bus drivers in our hospitality room.  Holdrege Speech parents will sell breakfast food, snacks, and lunch for students and families from the concession stand.  The gym will be used as ‘homeroom’ throughout the day. Please no radios, CD players, iHomes, food, or drink in that area..


If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me at tonya.mccroden@dusters.org or (308) 830-1430. 


We are excited to host the Voice of the Plains Speech Tournament and look forward to seeing you on February 24, 2024.  Please let me know if you will not be able to attend, so I can update my records.

Good luck as you compete throughout the rest of the season!



Tonya McCroden, Head Coach         Gavin Skiles, Assistant Coach       Hannah Steen, Assistant Coach


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Tonya McCroden
Email address: tonya.mccroden@dusters.org
Phone number: 308-830-1430

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505 14th Ave.
Holdrege, NE 68949

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