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18th Annual Star Invitational

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Dear Colleagues,

The Florida State College at Jacksonville Forensics team and the Department of Speech Communication cordially invites you to the 18th Annual Star Invitational to be held on the campus of Florida State College – South Campus on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18. We will offer three preliminary rounds of 11 Individual Events (11 traditional events) and a round of Readers Theatre. Additionally, we are excited to offer our annual CASH awards in a variety of different categories, please see our invitation for detail. The deadline for submitting entries is Monday, November 13th, at 6:00 PM Eastern via www.speechwire.com.

Moreover, we are excited for you to join us in beautiful Jacksonville as we move into fall.  We will be providing lunch for our tournament so please let us know if there are dietary restrictions when you register.  As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jacob Abraham

Director of Forensics

904-646-2339

Jacob.abraham@fscj.edu

and

Prof. Jaime Hamilton

Associate Director of Forensics

904-646-2343

Jaime.hamilton@fscj.edu

 




Event Descriptions

Public Address
Persuasive Speaking: An original speech by the student designed to inspire, reinforce, or change
the beliefs, attitudes, values or actions of the audience. Audio-visual aids may or may not be
used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the
development of the speech. Minimal notes are permitted. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

Informative Speaking: An original, factual speech by the student on a realist subject to fulfill the
general aim to inform the audience. Audio-visual aids may or may not be used to supplement
and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the
speech. Minimal notes are permitted. Maximum time is 10 minutes.

Communication Analysis: An original speech by the student designed to offer an explanation
and/or evaluation of a communication event such as a speech, speaker, movement, poem,
poster, film, campaign, etc., through the use of rhetorical principles. Audio-visual aids may or
may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Manuscripts are permitted.
Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

After Dinner Speaking: An original, humorous speech by the student, designed to exhibit sound
speech composition, thematic, coherence, direct communicative public speaking skills, and
good taste. The speech should not resemble a night club act, an impersonation, or comic
dialogue. Audio-visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforced the message.
Minimal notes are permitted. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

Limited Preparation
Extemporaneous Speaking: Contestants will be given three topics in the area of current events,
choose one, and have 30 minutes to prepare a speech that is the original work of the student.
One round each will be devoted to the areas of domestic, economic, and international topics.
Maximum time limit for the speech is 7 minutes. Limited notes are permitted. Internet usage
during prep time is allowed. While FSCJ will make an effort to provide reliable Internet
access to competitors, we cannot guarantee it. Competitors are strongly urged to come to the
tournament with well-researched, offline files and/or connectivity devices of their own.

Impromptu Speaking: An impromptu speech, substantive in nature, with topic selections varied
by round and by section. Topics will be derived from quotations. Speakers will have a total of 7
minutes for both preparation and speaking. Timing commences with the acceptance of the
prompt. Limited notes are permitted. Topics will be quotations for the first round, cartoons
for the second round, and objects for the third round. Final round topic will be a rhetorical
situation.

Interpretation of Literature
Poetry Interpretation: A selection or selections of poetry of literary merit, which may be drawn
from more than one source. A primary focus of this event should be on the development of
language. Play cuttings and prose works are prohibited. Use of manuscript is required.
Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction.

Prose Interpretation: An original or selections of prose material of literary merit, which may be
drawn from more than one source. Focus of this event is on the development of the
narrative/story. Play cuttings and poetry are prohibited. Use of manuscript is required.
Maximum time is 10 minutes including introduction.

Dramatic Interpretation: A cutting that represents one or more characters from a play or plays
of literary merit. The focus of this event is on the development of characterization. This material
may be drawn from stage, screen, or radio. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time limit
is 10 minutes including introduction.

Duo Interpretation: A cutting from one or more texts of literary merit, humorous or serious,
involving the portrayal of two or more characters presented by two individuals. The material
may be drawn from any genre of literature. This is not an acting event; thus, no costumes,
props, lighting, etc, are to be used. Presentation is from the manuscript and the focus should be
off-stage and not to each other. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction.

Program Oral Interpretation: A program of thematically-linked selections of literary merit,
chosen from two or three recognized genres of competitive interpretation
(prose/poetry/drama). A primary focus of this event should be on the development of the
theme through the use of narrative/story, language, and/or characterization. A substantial
portion of the total time must be devoted to each of the genres used in the program. Different
genre means the material must appear in separate pieces of literature (e.g., A poem included in
a short story that appears only in that short story does not constitute a poetry genre.) Only one
selection may be original. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes
including introduction.

Readers Theatre
Phi Rho Pi guidelines will be in effect. Maximum presentation time is 25 minutes. Schools are
limited to two readers theatre entries. Readers theatre will not count toward pentathlon.
 
 
Awards
Individual Events                    1st through 6th and top non-advancing novice
Readers Theatre                        1st through 6th
Pentathlon                        1st through 6th
Team Sweepstakes                    1st through 6th

Rules
Competitors may not quadruple enter in any flight.
•    An individual(s) may not use prepared material from competition prior to the 2017-2018
•    school year.
•    Penalties for overtime are ultimately at the judge’s discretion, but no grace period for
•    overtime is sanctioned by this tournament.
•    Pentathlon will require one interpretation event, one public address event, one limited
•    preparation event, and any two other events (readers theatre not included).
•    Extemporaneous questions will be taken from periodicals from Sept 1, 2017 or later.
•    If any conflict occurs in tournament procedure, decisions will be the responsibility of the
•    tournament director.
•    A novice is considered any competitor in her or his first term (semester) of college
•    competition.
•    Schools are limited to 8 entries per individual event and 2 entries for Readers Theatre.
•    Individual events with over 50 entries will go to semifinals, as our judging pool allows.
•    Host school participants will be eligible for individual events awards but will not be
•    eligible for any team sweepstakes awards.
•    Ties in individual events will be broken on combined ranks, then combined rates, then
•    judges’ preference.

Sweepstakes Scoring
Finals                        Prelims
1st     12 points                 1st    1.5 points
2nd     10 points                 2nd    1 point
3rd    8 points                 3rd     0.5 points
4th    7 points
5th     5 points
6th    3 points

Cash Awards – In Memoriam
The Samuel Jackson Pentathlon Award - $200
This scholarship honors Florida State College’s second forensics coach, Samuel Jackson, who
was a hallmark of friendship and learning during his tenure at (what was then) FCCJ.

The Richard O’Bryant After Dinner Speaking Award - $100
This award honors Florida State College forensics competitor, Richard O’Bryant, whose
incredible wit and compassion always made us smile.

The Norm Will Poetry Interpretation Award - $100
This award honors Dr. Will, who was president of South Campus and an ardent supporter of
intercollegiate forensics at our college year after year.

Entry Fees
School Registration Fee: $30
Individual Event Entries: $8/slot
Readers Theatre: $25/slot
Uncovered IE Entries: $10/slot
Pentathlon Competitors: $10/slot
Drop/add fees after Wed, Nov 15th, noon Eastern: $10/slot*
Judge drops after Wed, Nov 15th, noon Eastern: $30/judge
Day of tournament drops: $30/slot*, $100/judge
*Drop fees are assessed in addition to regular slot fees

An IE judge covers six slots. All judges must have prior forensics/public speaking experience as
a competitor or judge. Please bring payment to the tournament in the form of cash or check, and
make checks payable to Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Registration
Registration will be handled through SpeechWire Tournament Services. Click on
https://www.speechwire.com/c-info.php?tournid=5124 to register your team; you will need to
create a SpeechWire account if you haven’t already done so. Deadline for submitting an entry is
Monday, November 13th, at 6:00 PM Eastern. No phone or snail mail entries, please. Drop/add
fees will begin to accrue after Wednesday, Nov 15th, at noon Eastern.
Any team that arrives without an acceptable form of payment (cash or check) will have all
their competitors immediately dropped from the tournament.

DACA
Should you or any of your students be concerned about travel to Florida with DACA students, a message form the President of FSCJ regarding recent Executive Orders can be found here: https://www.fscj.edu/news-events/news/a-message-from-the-president

Tentative Schedule

Friday, Nov 18
9:30 – 11:00 AM Registration, Building U (Cafeteria)
11:30     Round 1 Extemp Draw
12:00     Round 1A
1:15     Round 2 Extemp Draw
1:45     Round 2A
3:00     Round 3 Extemp Draw
3:30     Round 3A
4:45     Round 1B
6:00     Round 2B
7:30     Readers Theatre

Saturday, Nov 19
8:30     Round 3B
9:45     Round 1C
11:00    Round 2C
12:15     Round 3C
1:15     Lunch
2:00     Extemp Draw Finals
2:30     Finals, A and half of B
3:45     Finals, Half of B, and C
5:45     Awards, Lakeside Room, Building M1

A events = INFO, EXT, PRO, CA
B events = DI, ADS, POE
C events = DUO, PERS, POI, IMP

**Maximum 3 entries per flight
 

Manager contact information

Jacob Abraham
Email address: jacob.abraham@fscj.edu
Phone number: 9046462339

Mailing address

11901 Beach BLVD
T244
Jacksonville, FL 32246

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