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SkyHawk Speech Middle School Invitational

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This is a Middle School tournament in Nebraska.

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We are pleased to invite you to Skutt Catholic's SkyHawk Middle School Invitational, on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018.  All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are invited to attend! We are excited to offer the most event categories of any middle school meet in the state!
Entries are due on SpeechWire by Monday, April 23rd, by 5:00 pm. Since we have such a short turn-around this year between the entry deadline and the tournament, all drops after the deadline will incure an additional fee of $10. No adds are allowed after the deadline. Thanks!
All competitors may double-enter, including those in Extemp! Only 10 entries are allowed in each event category per school. Please be aware that if an event has fewer than 8 entries, we reserve the right to drop that event.
 
EVENTS: The following 11 event categories will be offered:
1) Declamation - Presentation of any non-original speech. 8 minutes maximum. Manuscript optional.
2) Extemporaneous Speaking - An original speech on a domestic or international public policy issue; student must speak on his/her chosen topic. 30 minutes preparation. 5 minutes maximum, no minimum. 1 4x6 notecard optional. NSAA rules on filing followed. 
3) Impromptu Speaking - An original speech; student must speak on his/her chosen topic. 5 minutes preparation. 7 minutes maximum, no minimum. 1 4x6 notecard optional.
4) Persuasive Speaking (Original Oratory) - An original speech intended to rationally persuade the audience on any topic. 8 minutes maximum. Manuscript optional. Visual aids not allowed.
5) Expository Speaking - An original speech intended to inform and/or entertain an audience about any topic. 8 minutes maximum. Visual aids and props allowed; no digital VAs/projectors please. 1 4x6 notecard optional. Manuscript not allowed.
6) Poetry Interpretation - Interpretation of a poem or program of poems, whether humorous or serious. If a program, a common author or theme is required. 8 minutes maximum. Manuscript required. 
7) Humorous Interpretation - Interpretation of a prose/drama selection that is humorous in tone. 8 minutes maximum. Manuscript optional, memorization encouraged.
8) Dramatic Interpretation (Serious Prose) - Interpretation of a prose/drama selection that is serious in tone. 8 minutes maximum. Manuscript optional, memorization encouraged.
9) Duet Acting - Interpretation of a prose/drama selection that is humorous or serious in tone. 1 table and 2 chairs permitted (but not provided). 10 minutes maximum. Manuscript not allowed.
*New!* 10) Improvisational Duet Acting - 2 students have 7 minutes to prepare a 3-5 minute duet skit based on given characters, situations, and objects. See 'files' section for more information on this fun and enlightening impromptu acting event! 
*New!* 11) Oral Interpretation of Drama (OID/Readers’ Theatre): A 15-minute maximum interpretation of a prose/drama selection by 3-5 students; no deliberate touching allowed. Each student must hold a copy of the script during the performance. Use of boxes or stools for staging is allowed (but not provided).
 
AWARDS: 
Medals will be presented to the top 6 finishers. Sweepstakes trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams overall. Like last year, if entry numbers allow - we will recognize and give certificates to additional sections of students. Round Ribbons will also be awarded to all students earning a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place ranking. *New!* This year we will be awarding two "Top Quality Team" Awards as well. This will be determined by taking the number of sweepstakes points earned divided by the number of total entries for each team. Teams must have at least 10 entries to qualify for the Quality Award. We hope the Team Quality Awards will encourage programs of all size from accross the state to participate in our competition!
 
TABULATION:
Student placement will be determined by the following factors in order: Cumulative Rankings, Cumulative Speaker-points, Reciprocals, Head-on-Head Competition, and finally Average Opponent Rank.
 
SWEEPSTAKES:
Sweepstakes will be determined by points earned by the top 6 finalists in each event category. 1st place will earn 20 points for their school, 2nd place will earn 18 points for their school, 3rd place will earn 16 points, and so on. If there are multiple sections of students to be recognized during awards, these points may be adjusted. We will announce the top 5 teams. If there are any ties in points, the tie will be broken by the total number of entries per school placing in the top 6.
 
JUDGING:
You will need to bring 1 judge per every 6 entries. Please ensure these judges are mature, knowledgeable of all speech events, and equipped to give effective feedback to competitors. The cost is $10 per uncovered entry. 
 
FOOD:
There will be a judge/coach lounge (located in the teacher's lounge) with food and drink. For students/competitors, food and drink will be sold in the Auxillary Gym throughout the tournament. Pizza lunch/dinner will be sold starting at Round 2.
 
CHECKS:
Please make your check (1 per team) payable to Skutt Catholic High School.
 
We are excited to host this meet, and hope to see you and your team on Wednesday, April 25th!  Please contact us with any questions!
 
Brent Goetzinger (Head Coach) brentgoetzinger@skuttcatholic.com
Jack Hilgert (Assistant Coach) hilgert.jack@gmail.com.

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Brent Goetzinger
Email address: brentgoetzinger@skuttcatholic.com
Phone number: 4025405696

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3131 S. 156th Street
Omaha, NE 68130

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