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Riverside Junior High Speech Meet

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This is a Middle School tournament in Indiana.

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December 5, 2017
Dear Speech Coach:
You are cordially invited to Riverside Junior High for our second annual speech tournament on Saturday, January 20, 2018.  We will follow Indiana Middle School Event Rules in all of the IHSFA Middle School Speech Events.
Each school is invited to enter up to 40 entries, with no more than 7 entries per event.  
Doubling is permitted in all events EXCEPT for Extemporaneous, Radio and Discussion. Please have your doublers sign in at their second event so that the judge knows that he/she is present.   
Time limits are: Impromptu = 8 minutes to prep and speak. Extemporaneous = 7 minutes maximum.  Prose and Poetry = 4 - 8 minutes. All other interpretive events = 5 - 10 minutes.
Extemporaneous Topics will be drawn 30 minutes before the first round.
Broadcasting/Radio will be given commercial topics 30 minutes before the first round to write a 1 minute advertisement on a provided item or service.  They should have a two-minute news cast that they have written and brought with them.  There will be a 1 minute on-the-spot reading that the students will be given to perform.  
Discussion entries should be prepared to discuss the following questions dealing with Mental Health. One for each round. Attached are paper copies of these items.  
1.Music: You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen
2. Art: Photographs by Various Artists
3.Literature: Explaining my Depression to my Mother: A conversation. By Sabrina Benaim
We will be posting scores for coaches only.
There will be a judge, coach, bus driver, volunteer room with goodies for our guests.
Please encourage your students to make purchases from our concessions for snacks, drinks, breakfast and lunch.
We will run 3 straight rounds at 9:00am, 10:15am and 11:30am, followed by an awards ceremony upon completion of tabulation by SpeechWire (hopefully around 1:30pm).  There will be ribbons going to 8th place and the top schools will receive trophies.  
Please bring 1 judge for every 5 entries or fraction thereof ie: 26 entries = 6 judges. High school students with 150 NFL points may judge.   Please encourage your judges to start on time and have students who are doubling to perform first and then permit them to leave for their next event.  Students should not enter an event room before the judge.  Remind judges that 1=FIRST=BEST.  Ballots and critique sheets will need to be turned in after each round. There will be a judges’ meeting at 8:30am.  
Please have your pre-registrations in on SpeechWire prior to January 12th. If you have any changes to make after the cutoff on SpeechWire, please contact Cathy Whelan – cwhelan@hse.k12.in.us  or (317) 682-8566 or Brooke Shoopman – bshoopman@hse.k12.in.us (317) 332-1054 and we will do our best to accommodate you. Thank you. Final Registration will take place Saturday morning January 20th from 8:00am to 8:30am.
Dear Evan Hansen
Cast Lyrics
"You Will Be Found"
Have you ever felt like nobody was there?
Have you ever felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere?
Have you ever felt like you could disappear?
Like you could fall, and no one would hear?
Well, let that lonely feeling wash away
Maybe there's a reason to believe you'll be okay
'Cause when you don't feel strong enough to stand
You can reach, reach out your hand
And oh, someone will coming running
And I know, they'll take you home
Even when the dark comes crashing through
When you need a friend to carry you
And when you're broken on the ground
You will be found
So let the sun come streaming in
'Cause you'll reach up and you'll rise again
Lift your head and look around
You will be found
You will be found
You will be found
You will be found
You will be found
Have you seen this? Someone put a video of your speech online.
My speech?
People started sharing it, I guess, and now, I mean..Connor is everywhere.
Your speech is everywhere. This morning The Connor Project page, it only had 56 people following it.
Well, how many does it have now?
Four thousand five-hundred eighty-two
Sixteen thousand two-hundred and thirty-nine
I don't understand, what happened?
You did!
There's a place where we don't have to feel unknown
Oh my god.
Everybody needs to see this.
And every time that you call out
You're a little less alone
I can't stop watching this video.
Seventeen years old.
If you only say the word
Take five minutes.
This will make your day.
From across the silence
Your voice is heard
(Someone will come running)
(To take you home)
Share it with the people you love.
The world needs to hear this.
A beautiful tribute..
I know someone who really needed to hear this today, so thank you Evan Hansen, for doing what you're doing
I never met you Connor, but coming on here, reading everyone's posts...
It's so easy to feel alone, but Evan is exactly right..we're not alone, none of us.
We're not alone, none of us.
None of us.
None of us are alone.
Like. Forward.
Especially now, with everything that you hear in the news..
Like. Share. Repost. Forward.
Thank you Evan Hansen, for giving us a space to remember Connor.
To be together.
To find each other.
Sending prayers from Michigan.
Vermont. Tampa. Sacramento.
Thank you, Evan Hansen.
Thank you Evan
Thank you Evan Hansen
This video is...
Thanks to Evan
This is about..
Thank you
Evan Hansen
Even when the dark comes crashing through
When you need a friend to carry you
When you're broken on the ground
You will be found
So let the sun come streaming in
'Cause you'll reach up and you'll rise again
If you only look around
You will be found (You will be found)
You will be found (You will be found)
You will be found
Out of the shadows
The morning is breaking
And all is new, all is new
It's filling up the empty
And suddenly I see that
All is new, all is new
You are not alone
You are not alone
You are not alone
You are not alone
You are not alone (You are not alone)
You are not alone (You are not alone)
You are not
You are not alone (You are not alone)
Even when the dark comes crashin' through
When you need someone to carry you
When you're broken on the ground
You will be found!
So when the sun comes streaming in
'Cause you'll reach up and you'll rise again
If you only look around
You will be found
Even when the dark comes crashin' through
You will be found
When you need someone to carry you
You will be found
You will be found
Explaining my depression to my mother: A conversation by Sabrina Benaim
Mom, my depression is a shapeshifter
One day it's as small as a firefly in the palm of a bear
The next it's the bear
On those days I play dead until the bear leaves me alone
I call the bad days "the Dark Days"
Mom says, "try lighting candles"
But when I see a candle, I see the flesh of a church
The flicker of a flame
Sparks of a memory younger than noon
I am standing beside her open casket
It is the moment I learn every person I ever come to know will someday die
Besides Mom, I'm not afraid of the dark, perhaps that's part of the problem
Mom says, "I thought the problem was that you can't get out of bed"
I can't, anxiety holds me a hostage inside of my house, inside of my head
Mom says, "Where did anxiety come from?"
Anxiety is the cousin visiting from out of town that depression felt obligated to invite to the party
Mom, I am the party, only I am a party I don't want to be at
Mom says, "Why don't you try going to actual parties, see your friends"
Sure I make plans, I make plans but I don't want to go
I make plans because I know I should want to go; I know sometimes I would have wanted to go
It's just not that fun having fun when you don't want to have fun, Mom
You see, Mom, each night Insomnia sweeps me up in his arms, dips me in the kitchen in the small glow of the stove-light
Insomnia has this romantic way of making the moon feel like perfect company
Mom says, "Try counting sheep"
But my mind can only count reasons to stay awake
So I go for walks, but my stuttering kneecaps clank like silver spoons held in strong arms with loose wrists
They ring in my ears like clumsy church bells, reminding me I am sleepwalking on an ocean of happiness that I cannot baptize myself in
Mom says, "Happy is a decision"
But my happy is as hollow as a pin pricked egg
My happy is a high fever that will break
Mom says I am so good at making something out of nothing and then flat out asks me if I am afraid of dying
No Mom I am afraid of living
Mom I am lonely
I think I learned that when Dad left how to turn the anger into lonely the lonely into busy
So when I say I've been super busy lately I mean I've been falling asleep watching SportsCenter on the couch
To avoid confronting the empty side of my bed
But my depression always drags me back to my bed
Until my bones are the forgotten fossils of a skeleton sunken city
My mouth a boneyard of teeth broken from biting down on themselves
The hollow auditorium of my chest swoons with echoes of a heartbeat
But I am just a careless tourist here
I will never truly know everywhere I have been
Mom still doesn't understand
Mom, can't you see
That neither can I. 

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Email address: cwhelan@hse.k12.in.us
Phone number: 3176828566

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