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Norfolk Jr. High Speech Invitational

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This is a Middle School tournament in Nebraska.

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It’s my pleasure to invite you and your middle school/junior high speech team/clubs to the 10th annual Norfolk Junior High Speech Invitational on Friday, April 19th. Please consider attending this event.  We are thrilled to have the chance to compete with other schools in a relaxed setting! This contest is open to all students in 6th-8th grade.  Each student may be double entered (if triple entered, please double check with me to see if time allows).  Events are detailed below.
Events Offered
Poetry Interpretation - an 8 minute maximum performance of one poem or a group of related poems.  A student written introduction of the program is expected, but transitions are optional.  Students must present poetry with a copy of poem(s) in front of them.
Program of Oral Interpretation (P.0.I) (NEW THIS YEAR FOR OUR TOURNAMENT!)- A 10 minute maximum performance of a program of literature, which includes at least 2 of the 3 genres of prose, poetry, and drama. The program should center around a theme and highlight an argument or message about that topic.
Prose Interpretation (Divided into both Humorous and Serious) - A 10 minute maximum performance of a cutting from a book, short story, comic book, play, or screenplay by one person.  A student written introduction is expected, but students may perform with or without the copy of the piece in front of them.
Declamation - An eight-minute maximum speech that was written and delivered by another person. A competitor may choose any speech that was once delivered in public. 
Public Speaking (Divided into Persuasive and Informative/Entertainment) - An 8 minute maximum student-written speech whose purpose is to inform, persuade, or entertain an audience.  Students may use a visual aid in the speech and may perform with or without the copy of their speech in front of them. 
Impromptu Speaking - 10 minute time period where students prepare and deliver a speech on a topic that they draw.  Students may or may not use a note card when delivering the speech.
Middle School Extemp - combines international and domestic issues (as opposed to two separate events like high school). Students are presented with a choice of three questions related to national and international current events. The student will be given 30 minutes to prepare a seven-minute speech maximum answering the selected question. Students may consult articles and evidence they gather prior to the contest, but may not use the Internet during preparation.
Duet Acting/Duo Interpretation -  10 minute performance of two students of a cutting of play, skit, or screenplay.  A student written introduction is expected.  If performing without scripts, students can use two chairs/table (which your school will need to bring).  If performing with scripts, students should use
off stage focus and pantomiming similar to prose and poetry interpretation.
Reader’s Theatre/OID -  A 15 minute maximum cutting of a play, book, or screenplay performed by 3-5 students.  Students may play multiple roles.  Off and on stage focus is permitted and scripts are required.  A student-written introduction is expected.  Performance may use platforms, stools, and music stands.
8:00-8:30- Registration - Cafeteria
8:30- Opening Meeting - Cafeteria
8:45- Extemp Draw in Library
9:00- Round 1 All Events
10:15- Extemp Draw in Library
10:30- Round 2 All Events
11:45- Extemp Draw in Library
12:00- Round 3 All Events
ASAP- Awards- Cafeteria
This year, we are giving medals out for 1st through 6th place in all events. There will also be an award for the top scoring school.
Fees are $3 per entry.  Please bring one judge for every 5 entries.  These may be adults or high school students you feel are ready to give constructive feedback to middle school students.  I feel that is a great way to prepare future judges.  Cost for each uncovered slot is $10.00.  Make checks out to Norfolk Junior High School.
There will be a judges/coaches lounge with food provided for those assisting teams.  There will also be a concession stand selling hot dogs, pizza, chips, candy, and drinks for students. 
Just like a high school tournament, please instruct your students on tournament etiquette of signing in if double entered, being good audience members, wearing appropriate clothing, and respecting the room they’re performing in.
Due Dates
Please have all entries submitted on Speechwire by Tuesday, April 16th, at 4 p.m.  
Please email me at heatherwhitney@npsne.org if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration in participating in the NJHS Invitational.  I am looking forward to seeing the fun topics and entries that each team will bring. Hope to see many of you there! It's always a blessing to provide our students the opportunity to enhance their speaking skills!  
-Heather Whitney

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Heather Whitney
Email address: heatherwhitney@npsne.org
Phone number: 402-883-0083

Mailing address

510 W Pasewalk Ave
Norfolk, NE 68701

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