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Hello and Welcome Fellow Speechies!


The Westridge Middle School Speech Team is hosting an open speech meet for middle school students (5h-8th grade) on Saturday, April 13th, 2024. This tournament is a terrific opportunity for Middle Schoolers.  Here, students will get some fun, friendly competition and be exposed to the wonderful world of competitive speaking! We hope to see you here!  


Please register your entries by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 11. Entries will only be accepted using SpeechWire. 


If you have any questions, feel free to email Kat Zeller at kzeller@gips.org. You can also find some basic information about the speech meet located below this greeting! 


We look forward to seeing you in April!



Westridge Middle School Speech Team


 Added information about the Speech Meet

AWARDS: Medals will be for the top 3 finishers. Certificates will be given for 4th-10th place.  Sweepstakes trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.  

ENTRIES AND ENTRY CAPS: Each individual event is capped at six entries per school. Duo, Duet, and OID have a school cap of 4. If you have more than six entries for individual events or 4 entries in the team events, your entries will be put on a waitlist via SpeechWire, and we will try to accommodate them as space allows. 

--Competitors may triple enter, but know this could make for a very busy day for your competitors.  Extemp speakers will have difficulty being triple-entered, so please take this into consideration. 

JUDGES: PLEASE BRING 1 QUALIFIED JUDGE FOR EVERY SIX ENTRIES. Judges may be qualified high school students.  However, I ask you to train any high school students who are judging to give positive and constructive feedback.  If you use parent judges, please ensure they are trained on the events we are offering and that they have a good eye/ear for judging.


EXTEMP PREP: We will allow computers in extemp prep. We will also allow open internet. I will email out the topics on April 1st.  


Concessions: Students will have access to a general concession stand.  We will be fairly limited in options, but there will be things like chips, snacks, drinks for sale, and there will be slices of pizza and basic sandwiches for sale as well. 


PARENTS and Guests: We love seeing people in the audience, so parents, families, and bus drivers are welcome!  We will have a table at the front door where spectators can get a list of speakers and their schedules broken down by school teams.




Extemporaneous “Light”:  Time limit: 2-6 minutes with a 30 second grace period in either direction. Topics will be generalized and very friendly to students who are new to Extemp.  For example, a possible topic could be: How do sports and activities benefit students?  Another example might be: Should taking PE be mandatory?  There will be 40-50 topics, and students will have full use of the internet.  Students will have a one hour prep time.  

Duet Acting:  An original cutting from a humorous or serious play acted out by two individuals. Touching and use of a table and two chairs are allowed. The script is optional. Time limit: 12 minutes with a 30 second grace period. 

Duo Acting: An original cutting from a humorous or serious play acted out by two individuals. No touching is allowed. The script is optional. Time limit: 12 minutes with a 30 second grace period. 

Remaining Events: Will run as NSAA events run. 


Entry Fees

Individual Event entry: $9.00 per entry

Entries will only be accepted through Speechwire.com.



We request that all judges be competent and experienced.

One judge per every six Individual Event entries.

For every uncovered judge, there will be a $30 fee accessed. 



Make checks payable to "Westridge Middle School Speech Team."

Attn: Kat Zeller 4111 W. 13th St. Grand Island, NE 68803



There will be two flights: A and B.  We will do three rounds with no finals.  Extemp will prepare during flight A and speak during flight B.  Each flight’s round will be scheduled for 75 minutes.  We will have a judges meeting at 8:40 am and Flight A’s first round will start promptly at 9:00 am.  Awards will be as close to 5pm as possible. 


Manager contact information

Kathryn Zeller
Email address: kzeller@gips.org
Phone number: 3083807129

Mailing address

4111 W 13th St
Grand Island, NE 68803

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