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PNW's Communication & Creative Arts Speech Tournament

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This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Indiana.

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Welcome Coaches to Purdue University Northwest’s first annual Communication and Creative Arts Department High School Speech Tournament. 

Dear Coach,

Here are some updates concerning PNW's first annual Communication & Creative Arts Speech Tournament on Saturday, January 14th.

Registration Deadline is Approaching:  This is a reminder that the deadline for registering on SpeechWire (www.speechwire.com) is Monday, January 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CST.  If you have already registered for our tournament, thank you!  After January 9, SpeechWire will be open only for drops and name changes of students and judges.  Any changes to your roster need to be made no later than Thursday, January 12, 2017.   Please be aware that your school’s judging obligation is based on your original entry. Final Registration will be from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in the main entrance of the Student Union and Library Building, located North of the 173rd Street entrance.

Important:  If you have any drops the morning of the tournament, please call them in no later than 7:30 a.m. (CST). If you know of drops or name changes prior to Saturday morning email Erin Okamoto Protsman at okamoto@pnw.edu.  For "day of" drops, call Erin on her cell at (708) 908-0487.   There will not be any drops to pick up on the day of the tournament.

Student Drop off and Bus Parking:  Please drop students off at the main entrance of the Student Union Library Building.  Busses will park in the area designated “North 173rd parking” on the map (click link for details) http://www.pnw.edu/visitors-guide/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/pnw-calumet-campus-map.pdf

Food Service Update:  We will provide lunch for the contestants, judges, and coaches free of charge as a thank you for attending our first speech tournament.  Additionally, there are snacks and beverages available for purchase in vending machines in the student lounge.

Judges:  Please bring one judge for every five entries (6 entries = 2 judges).  Please instruct judges to write clear, logical critiques so students understand their rankings. 

There will be three rounds and a final in all events.  Every judge should sign up for a final round regardless of having students involved in the event.   From that pool, we will select panels for final rounds.  Some judges will be pre-assigned based on areas of expertise. We will need cooperation from all schools in order to provide 3 judges for each final round.  Please inform your students that they may be performing in front of you and/or judges associated with your school. This may be intimidating and better handled with forewarning. 

Timers: We will not have timekeepers; judges should use stopwatches to time students.  If the judge does not have a stopwatch he/she should announce to all students that time will not be kept.

Events Information:

Discussion:  Topics will be posted on SpeechWire on Monday, January 9, 2017.

Duo:  Both duo partners may double according to the new IHSFA Rules.

Extemp:  Questions will come from November 1, 2016 through January 9, 2017 current events.  Draw rounds one and three - choice of round one or three topic for final.        

Radio:  New IHSFA rules will apply.  Material for the radio program and editorial will be posted Monday, January 9, 2017.

            First round:  Radio Program (5 min)

            Second Round: Editorial (2 min)

            Third Round: On the Spot (2 min)

            Fourth Round: Radio Program (5 min)

 Extemp draw and radio prep as well as all other rounds will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Round 1 of extemp and round 1 radio will begin at 8:30 a.m. 

Awards:  We will award the top eight students in each event and the top five schools for sweepstakes. We hope to have awards by 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions contact Erin Okamoto Protsman at (708) 908-0487 (cell) or email at okamoto@pnw.edu.  You may also contact Cindy Christ at (219) 989-2899 (christ4@pnw.edu).

We look forward to your participation.

Best Regards,


Erin Okamoto Protsman and Cindy Christ

Communication and Creative Arts Department

Purdue University Northwest


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Erin Okamoto Protsman
Email address: okamoto@pnw.edu
Phone number: (708) 908-0487

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2200 169th Street
Communication and Creative Arts Department
Hammond, IN 46323-2094

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