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Norfolk Panther Classic

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This is a High School tournament in Nebraska.

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Sixth Annual Norfolk Panther Speech Classic
Saturday, March 4th at Norfolk Senior High School
801 Riverside, Norfolk, NE 68701
Dear Speech Coach:
We are excited to once again host the Panther Speech Classic! This tournament will give your team another great opportunity to compete prior to district and state competitions. Your entry, however, is not limited to only your district team entries.  This way, some of your kids who didn’t quite make the cut for your district team, can still enjoy another chance to compete.  Students may also triple-enter; just not in the same flight.
Registration deadline is Tuesday, February 27th  at 6:00 P.M. So we can do a better job of preparing for this large tournament, please indicate ASAP whether or not your team will be attending. Last year we had nearly 700 entries from 35 teams.  
We request that all coaches list themselves as an available judge in addition to any hired judges. Each school is to provide one judge for every five entries. Any uncovered entries will cost $15.00 per uncovered slot. Please ensure that your judges are either NSAA qualified or well versed and experienced with regards to the rules and expectations of speech competition. All judges are to provide their own stopwatches and must sign their ballots. All judges and coaches are expected to be available for finals.  If for some reason one of your judges is unable to judge finals, please include a $25 penalty fee.
All nine NSAA events will be offered, as well as Impromptu Speaking and Program of Oral Interpretation. We will allow electronic files for extemp prep. Because this is a multi-class tournament, we will use the class A 30 minute prep time. This might intimidate some of your extemp speakers but serve as a great challenge for them at they prepare for district competitions.
Entry fees are $8.00 for all events, with the exception of OID which will be $10.  Because we anticipate this being another large event, we plan to host both “Champs” and “Honors” finals. We might even add “Merit” and "Consolation" finals for some events. In addition, we plan to again honor Al Janovec, one of our former coaches who lost his battle with cancer a few years ago, by naming our individual sweepstakes award after him which will go to the top six individual performers. We plan to recognize the top three squads for final team sweepstakes. The awards ceremony will be in the Johnny Carson Theatre.
We are also excited to announce that this year we are once again a national bid tournament for the NIETOC!!  Events that your students can earn bids in include serious prose (dramatic intep), humorous prose (humorous interp), persuasive (oratory), and duet acting.  The national tournament this year will be on May 11-13th in Denver. For additional information about the NIETOC please check out this link: http://www.nietoc.com/  Because this is also the last tournament for our speech team, we will likely have a few kids competing in non-NIETOC events. 
Feel free to come in and look over ballots at any time during the tournament—even during finals. Viewing ballots before the awards ceremony also helps us minimize errors.
A wide array of concession food and drink will also be provided in the lobby near the gymnasium. All food and drink must remain in the commons area.
7:00 A.M. Registration begins
7:45 A.M. Check-in extemp files in the cafeteria.
7:55 A.M. Last minute announcements – all drops and adds will be posted near the registration and ballot tables.
8:05 A.M. Round One—Flight A—OID, Serious Prose, Humorous Prose, Persuasive, and Impromptu Speaking
8:30 A.M. Extemp prep in the cafeteria for round one
9:30 A.M. Round One—Flight B—Duet, Poetry, Program of Oral Interp, Entertainment, Informative, and Extemporaneous
10:45 A.M. Round Two—Flight A
11:15 A.M. Extemp prep for round two
12:15 P.M. Round Two—Flight B
1:30 P.M. Finals—Flight A and extemp prep for finals
2:30 P.M. Finals—Flight B
4:30ish Awards (as soon as humanly and technologically possible!)
We look forward to another competitive but fun-filled tournament featuring some of the best talent in the state!
Forensically Yours,
Peggy Belt, MaKenzie Jones, Tonja Ripple
Panther Speech Coaching Staff

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Peggy Belt
Email address: peggybelt@npsne.org
Phone number: (cell) 402-649-7594

Mailing address

801 Riverside Blvd
Norfolk, NE 68701

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