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Durand High School Forensics Tournament

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Dear Forensics Coach:
 
We are pleased to invite you and your team to the 2017 Durand High School Forensic Invitational, held on Saturday, February 18, 2017.  After a one year hiatus, we are glad to host once again and look forward to a terrific day of high-quality competition!
 
REGISTRATION:
Schools may register at http://www.speechwire.com
 
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
Registration will close at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 10.  You may add and drop entries until midnight on Thursday, February 16. We must limit entries due to space.  We will accommodate about 300 entries on a first come, first served basis. 
 
DAY of TOURNAMENT DROPS and CHECK-IN:
All schools are required to text their drops or confirm their attendance by 7:30 am on Saturday morning. Please text even if your team doesn’t have any drops to report, as it will serve as confirmation.
 
Text Geoffrey Baumann at (715) 279-6586
 
Check in will start at 7:45 AM just inside the main entrance (under the panther).  All participating schools are expected to be checked-in no later than 8:15 AM.
 
RULES:
We will offer the following WFCA events: Demonstration Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Farrago, Group Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Moments in History, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Oratory, Play Acting, Poetry, Prose, Radio Announcing, Solo Acting (Humorous and Serious combined), Special Occasion Speaking, and Storytelling.  We will also operate under the following modifications for a more WHSFA-friendly tournament.
1. Two speakers will be allowed in Demonstration Speaking.
2. Four-minute speakers can be entered into WFCA’s new Informative Speaking category, which carries a six minute time limit.  Four-minute speakers will not be penalized unless they are far under four minutes and the judge deems their piece to be lacking substance.
3. One 4x6 note card can be used in Oratory.  Other categories that allow notes do not specify what can and cannot be used.
4. Public address students will not have their own category, but can enter into Oratory.  Judges will be alerted to this.
5. Chairs may be used in Solo or Group Interp.  Optional reader’s stands can be used in any category involving a script or notes.
6. Solo Serious and Solo Humorous will be combined into Solo Acting and judged together.
7. In Storytelling, the order in which stories are told will be set by random draw at the opening meeting. 
 
SCHEDULE:
7:45 AM Registration
8:30 AM Radio/Extemp draws begin in the library
8:30 AM Mandatory Judges’ and Coaches’ meeting in the main gym
9:00 AM Round I
10:15 AM Round II
11:30 AM Round III
1:30 PM Power Rounds posted in the main gym
1:45 PM Power Rounds begin
3:00 PM Awards in the auditorium
 
MULTIPLE-ENTRY:    Double or triple entries are allowed.  Each team can have a maximum of 75 entries.
 
AWARDS:
The top six in each category will receive trophies.  Any remaining power round contestants will receive medals. Team trophies will go to the top five schools, based on the points scored by their top 25 entries.  First and Second place small team trophies will go to the schools with 5-14 entries that earn the best average per entry.
 
FOOD: Students may purchase lunch from the concession stand, located in the high school commons.  Food for judges and bus drivers will be provided.
 
FEES: A fee of $8.00 will be charged for each individual entry and $12.00 for Play Acting, Group Interpretation and Duo Interp based on your registration as of Thursday, February 16.
Refunds will not be made for drops after midnight on Friday, February 17.   
 
DEADLINE: Registration will close at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 10.  You may add and drop entries until midnight on Thursday, February 16. We must limit entries due to space.  We will accommodate about 300 entries on a first come, first served basis. 
 
CONFIRMATION:
Coaches can confirm their entries on http://www.speechwire.com.
Please print out your students’ codes on Friday, February 17.
 
JUDGES: Each school must provide one judge for every five entries or portion of five entries. Each group, duo or play is considered one entry.  Please, bring your own judges.  If you are having problems filling a judging assignment, Durand may be able to hire one for you at $100 per judge. If you wish to have a judge hired for you, please e-mail us at gbaumann@durand.k12.wi.us by Wednesday, February 15.   
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us using the info below.
 
Geoffrey Baumann
DHS Forensics Head Coach
School Phone: (715) 672-8917 ext. 140
Cell Phone: (715) 279-6586
Email: gbaumann@durand.k12.wi.us
 
Thank you,
 
Geoffrey Baumann, Jason Anger, Teri Van Dyke, and Lindsey Pelke
 

Manager contact information

Geoffrey Baumann
Email address: gbaumann@durand.k12.wi.us
Phone number: 715-279-6586

Mailing address

P.O. Box 190
Durand, WI 54737

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