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Cherry Creek Classic 2017

Dear Speech and Debate Coach:                                                                                        

You are cordially invited to the 7th Annual Cherry Creek Classic at Cherry Creek High School on November 4, 2017.

Events: We will be offering three rounds and finals in Drama, Humor, Poetry, Duo Interp, POI Program Oral Interpretation, National Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Informative Speaking, Varsity CX Debate, JV CX Debate, LD Debate, and Public Forum Debate. We will also offer Congressional Debate.

JV/Varsity CX Rules:

  • Varsity CX Debate is open to all CX debate teams. 
  • JV CX debate is limited to freshman and sophomore CX debaters or students in their first year of competition. 
  • In JV CX, no Kritiks or counterplans are allowed.
  • In JV CX, we will employ the NFHS Novice case limits, meaning that all teams should limit themselves to these case areas:
    • Increase funding for Native American education
    • Increase funding for school choice vouchers
    • Increase funding for STEM (science technology engineering and math) programs
    • Ban zero tolerance discipline policies
    • Funding equalization of funding for low-income schools (perhaps by overruling the Supreme Court case in San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez – 1973 5-4 decision that denied 14th Amendment grounds for declaring education a fundamental right

Doubling Rules:

  • CX, PF, and LD Debaters may not double-enter.
  • Congress students may not double-enter.
  • Students in events may double-enter in two events. Students are responsible for making it to their rounds. Students must pay attention to the schedule because we will not be using a full wave system- some events will occur in the same time period.
  • Students can only enter one Extemp event.
  • Extempers that double-enter risk losing part of their prep time.

Entries: A maximum of four (4) entries will be allowed in each event, except Congress, which will be limited to ten (10) entries per school.  Additional entries may be placed on the waitlist and we will accommodate those entries if space is available.


  • Competition is open to 9-12 grade students representing the school in which they are officially enrolled and doing so with the permission of their school administration and/or coaches.
  • We will use all current NSDA topics in each of the debates.
  • We will use the NSDA Cross-examination format in the final rounds of National and International Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • CHSAA rules and event descriptions will be used for CHSAA events. 
  • NSDA Congressional Debate rules will be used for Congressional Debate.

Registration: All registration will occur at www.speechwire.com. Registration will close on Friday October 27, or earlier if the tournament fills. Registrations are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fees and Payment: The entry fee will be $10.00 per student in events and $8.00 per student in Congress, based upon the pre-registration numbers on Wednesday October 25. Changes in pre-registration will be reflected in the final entry fees if made via the web site by October 25. After that time, net increases in entries will result in increases in final entry fees, while net decreases in entries will not reduce your final entry fees. Please make checks payable to CCHS Speech and Debate Team. Please mail payment to Marti Benham, Cherry Creek High School, 9300 E. Union Avenue, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

Final Registration and Schedule: Final registration will be between 7:00 and 7:30am. Schools should plan to arrive at registration early. Schools not registered by 7:30am may be dropped from the tournament. Awards are scheduled for 7:30pm.

Awards: We will be awarding trophies to all finalists. Additionally, numerous superior and excellent ribbons will be awarded. Team awards will be given to the top three schools. The host school is not eligible for team awards.

Congressional Debate: Please submit bills and resolutions by Wednesday, October 11 by email to mbenham@cherrycreekschools.org in PDF format or Word format. The docket will be available on www.speechmeets.com on or before Friday, October 13.

Judging:  Each school must provide one judge who will be available to judge all day and available to judge all events entered by their school.  Please assist in hiring judges for the tournament. Judges are responsible for checking for ballots at the appropriate times.

Concessions:  A concessions stand will be available for students.  Meals and snacks will be furnished for coaches and judges.

Site:  The tournament is being held Cherry Creek HS, 9300 E. Union Avenue, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

Lodging: Hotel information is included below.

Miscellany:  A responsible coach must be present on site at all times.  Please understand that no smoking is allowed on school grounds. Please remind students that mistreatment of facilities may result in the cancellation of future tournaments.

Questions and Concerns: Please feel free to contact Marti Benham at Cherry Creek High School, 720-554-2216 (school), 303-921-9411 (cell), mbenham@cherrycreekschools.org

We look forward to seeing you and hope you will be able to join us!


Marti Benham


Cherry Creek Classic

Hotel Information

There are numerous affordable high quality hotels near Cherry Creek High School.

Below are several options to consider, but there are many more possibilities. Please make your hotel arrangements directly with the hotel.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Doubletree by Hilton- Denver Tech Center

7801 E. Orchard Road

Greenwood Village, CO 80111



Hampton Inn & Suites

5001 S. Ulster Street

Denver, CO 80237



Hyatt Place- Denver Tech Center

8300 E. Crescent Parkway

Englewood, CO 80111



Hyatt Regency- Denver Tech Center

7800 E. Tufts Avenue

Denver, CO 80237



Hilton Garden Inn

7675 E Union Ave,

Denver, CO 80237



Manager contact information

Marti Benham
Email address: mbenham@cherrycreekschools.org
Phone number: 303-921-9411

Mailing address

Cherry Creek High School
Cherry Creek Speech & Debate, Marti Benham, 9300 E. Union Avenue
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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