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The 18th Annual

Marshall Speech Spectacular!




The Marshall Tiger Speech Team invites your team to the 18th Annual Marshall Speech Spectacular! We call our tournament "Spectacular" because it is truly like no other tournament around. The "Spectacular" is a two-day experience that offers your team separate Novice and Varsity divisions, 4 preliminary rounds, quarter finals, semi finals, and finals! We welcome all teams of all sizes and experience levels! Every year we host some of the best competition you'll find including many teams from out of state plus a diverse array of teams from every corner of Minnesota. We'd love to have your team join us this season!



Registration Deadline is Friday, January 19 at 4:00.  Changes can be made to a team's entry without cost until Thursday, January 25 at 8am.  After this time, final invoices are printed.  Drops are allowed but NOT refunded and adds are no longer allowed. 



  • Separate Varsity and Novice Divisions
  • 4 Prelim Rounds (3 Friday, 1 Saturday) for both Divisions
  • Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Finals for Varsity Events 
  • Semi-Finals, Finals for Novice Events 


  • At this tournament, a Novice is defined as a competitor who is new to speech or new to their event.
  • Know that a Varsity quarterfinalist earns more team sweepstakes points than a Novice finalist.



  • Rounds begin Friday at 1:35pm and awards conclude on Saturday at about 5:00pm.  More detailed schedule below!



  • $7 per entry, $14 per duo, no entry limits
  • $25 shuttle bus fee per team
  • Optional - Friday Spaghetti Supper with salad and drink. $7 per student.  RSVP required on Speechwire (coming soon) by Tuesday before the tournament.  See more info below.



  • Each team is asked to bring 1 judge for every 6 entries.
  • Uncovered entries cost $30 each
  • Large teams bringing over 60 entries:  your team meets its judge obligation with 10 judges.  All entries over 60 are judge-free!



  • Double-entering is allowed in all events.  Triple-entering is NOT allowed.



  • Two venues are used for the tournament - Marshall High School and Southwest Minnesota State University.  MHS is the headquarters for the tournament where registration, tab, awards, and all out-rounds are held.  Only prelims of designated events will be held at SMSU.  A continuous shuttle bus will be provided to bring students to and from SMSU and will also provide continuous service to those who are double entered in both buildings.  The shuttle trip is short (just across the highway) and students have not had trouble being double entered in both buildings in the past.  Teams do not need to take their students to SMSU.  All competitors competing at SMSU will be able to get there themeselves from MHS via the provided shuttle bus.



  • A Spaghetti Supper will be offered on Friday evening for $7 each after Round 3 to all teams that have RSVP'd on this website. Each team that has RSVP'd will get 1 free meal ticket for the head coach plus an additional free coach ticket for every 6 purchased.  Please DO NOT include these free tickets in the RSVP.  Payment should be submitted at tournament registration on Friday.   For teams that would prefer to leave the school to eat, a map of local restaurants will be provided.



  • For hotels in Marshall:  www.visitmarshallmn.com
  • If Marshall hotels do not meet your needs, Prairie's Edge Casino Hotel in Granite Falls (25 minutes from Marshall) or Redwood Valley Lodge in Redwood Falls (35 minutes from Marshall) are good options.



  • Extemp Reading: Prose 1-10, Poetry 1-25
  • Discussion tasks will come from Point 1.
  • Storytelling: 1-10.



  • All draw events (Extemp Speaking, Extemp Reading, and Storytelling) are 7 minutes.  All other events are 10 minutes.  Draw intervals are every 8 minutes.
  • NOTICE:  At this tournament, all varsity division events have a 30 second grace period.  Judges will be asked to time and will be given the following instructions:  VARSITY DIVISION competitors who exceed the 30 second grace period cannot get the 1 in the round.  Judges will be asked to be lenient with Novices on time limits.



  • MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL is located at the intersection of Highways 19 and 23.  You can enter MHS on Friday through the gym doors or the main entrance in the center of the building by the flagpole.



We will follow NSDA rules for POI.  Program Oral Interpretation Event Description: • POI is a program of oral interpretation of thematically-linked selections chosen from two or three genres: prose, poetry, drama (plays). • A primary focus of this event should be on the development of the theme or argument through the use of narrative, story, language, and/or characterization. • Competitors are encouraged to devote approximately equal times to each of the genres used in the program. At least two pieces of literature that represent at least two separate genres must be used. • The use of a manuscript is required. • Time Limit: 10 minutes max with a 30-second grace period. • Sources must meet all Association Interp rules for publication. Program Oral Interpretation Judging Criteria: • An introduction should set the stage, enhancing the interpretation of the literature to the audience, providing information and analysis to the chosen theme. • All selections must be verbally identified by title and author. However, where, when, and how these are accomplished are the speaker’s decisions. • The intact manuscript may be used by the contestant as a prop so long as it remains in the contestant’s control at all times. • No costumes or props other than the manuscript are permitted. • Adaptations may be used only for the purpose of transition. • This is a contest in oral interpretation. The contestant should be evaluated on poise, quality, and use of voice, inflection, pronunciation, and the ability to interpret characters consistently. • The contestant should also be evaluated on how effective their argument/theme is projected in the total program. • In developing a creative, thematic program, attention should be given to the design and organization of a cohesive and carefully conceived whole by linking authors and ideas inherent in the literature. • There is an expectation to use at least two pieces of literature each presenting a different genre with approximately equal times devoted to each genre. This distinction pertains to these three genres as a whole, not types of literature within a genre, such as fiction/nonfiction. • The contestant must address the script; however, introduction and transitional material may be memorized.


INFORMATIVE RULES - we will be following MSHSL rules for Informative Speaking:

Informative Speaking is an event in which the student presents an original informative composition of which no more than 10% shall be direct quotation. Quality of thought, research, and composition, as well as delivery, should be considered by the Judges. All materials quoted, paraphrased, or summarized from other sources (including visuals) must be documented in the submitted script (within the text or in a Works Cited listing or both) and orally and/or visually during the presentation. The purpose of Informative Speaking is to present information that the audience may or may not possess and that the student believes important for the audience. The use of visual aids is optional. Visual aids may be two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional but may not violate law (weapons, drugs, for example). The use of animals or any additional people as visual aids is not allowed during the speech. Maximum set-up time is two (2) minutes. When set-up is completed or all of the set up time has been used, timing the speaking begins. Expedient take-down is expected. The host school is responsible for communicating any limitations to visual aids dictated by their school policies. The host school is not responsible for providing any facilities, equipment, or assistance in a contestant’s use of visual aid. On-the-spot audience surveys adapted to the speech as given, audience handouts, and active audience involvement are not permitted. The rule does not allow for any type of audience participation. The speech is to be a self-contained presentation—ten (10) minutes in length—presented and controlled by the student. The judging criteria will be the following: 1. Appropriate choice of subject and information for the audience. 2. Clear organization. 3. Direct and communicative delivery manner. 4. Predominantly serious informative purpose (which may include the use of humor). 5. Avoidance of predominantly persuasive subjects and techniques (Every Informative Speech contains some elements of persuasion). The use of a script is optional, provided it is not used as a prop.



  • Contact Tournament Director:  Rick Purrington rick.purrington@marshall.k12.mn.us   Cell:  507-530-6888




11:30- -- Lunch is served at the MHS Concession Stand -- PLEASE DO NOT ENTER MHS BEFORE 11:30.
12:30 – Continuous Shuttle Service to SMSU Begins

12:45 -- Draw Meeting in the Theatre Lobby

1:00 – Judges’ Meeting in the Judges’ Lounge A159 and A160


1:05 – Round 1 Draws

1:20 -- Round 1 Discussion

1:35 – Round 1


2:45 – Round 2 Draws

3:00 -- Round 2 Discussion

3:15 – Round 2


4:20 – Round 3 Draws

4:35 -- Round 3 Discussion

4:50 – Round 3


6:20 – Spaghetti Supper.  Teams must  RSVP on Speechwire in advance.




7:20am – Breakfast is served at the MHS Concession Stand
7:40 – Continuous Shuttle Service to SMSU Begins


8:00 – Round 4 Draws

8:15 -- Round 4 Discussion

8:30 – Round 4


10:20 -- Varsity Quarterfinals Draw

10:35 -- Varsity Quarterfinals Discussion, Novice Semi-Finals Discussion

10:50 – Varsity Quarterfinals, Novice Semi Finals


12:10 -- Varsity Semi-finals Draw, Novice Finals Draw

12:25 -- Varsity Semi-finals Discussion, Novice Finals Discussion

12:40 – Varsity Semi-finals, Novice Finals


1:50 -- Varsity Finals Draw

2:05 -- Varsity Finals Discussion

2:20 – Varsity Finals


4:00 – Awards in the Schwan's Community Center for the Performing Arts at MHS



Manager contact information

Rick Purrington
Email address: rick.purrington@marshall.k12.mn.us
Phone number: 507-530-6888

Mailing address

Marshall High School Speech Boosters
400 Tiger Dr.
Marshall, MN 56258

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