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This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Nebraska.

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Dear Colleagues,

On SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017, Lincoln East and Pius X will offer one speech tournament at two sites.  East will host a NOVICE division, while Pius X will handle VARSITY competition.  We trust your judgment on entry decisions, so please choose your novices wisely . . . no ringers, please.  We are also pleased to announce the Pius X varsity division is a NIETOC qualifying tournament in HI, DI, Oratory, and Duo this year!


Logistically we feel the tournament will work out well.  Please note:

>          Tournament registration times are sufficient to drop off novices and judges at East before taking varsity competitors to Pius, which is about 6 blocks away.

>          We will NOT provide transportation from East to Pius after the novice events have concluded.  You will need to arrange for your bus/van driver to transport students from East to Pius for the awards ceremony.

>          POI (Program Oral Interpretation) will be offered as a VARSITY EVENT ONLY at Pius X.  Any novices who wish to compete in POI will need to compete on the varsity side.

>          PLEASE NOTE that novice extemporaneous will take place at East and varsity extemporaneous will take place at Pius – this is a change from previous years so please plan accordingly.  If you have a situation where varsity and novice extempers need to be in one location, they will all need to compete in the varsity division at Pius.

>          Judges will only be used at one site - please divide your judges between the sites based on the number of entries you have at each site.  Nobody will need to run back and forth between the schools.  If you don't have two coaches (for supervision) that's okay.  Just leave a judge representing you wherever you're not.  In case of an emergency, tournament directors will have cell  phones to contact each other and you.


We will have concessions available, and of course our coaches’ and judges’ lounge will once again be well stocked with goodies.  We will make every effort to make this an outstanding early tournament for you and your team.


Let us know if you have questions about the “Turkey Talk.”  We hope to see you on the 18th!

Nolan DeWispelare                             Nick Herink
Pius X                                                     Lincoln East


FORMAT:      There will be three preset rounds breaking to finals. Students may double enter in all events and may triple enter (at their own risk) only if all three events are individual events at either site.  No competitor may use the same script or parts of the same script in more than one event.

ENTRIES:      Entries are due by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 14.  Please enter ONLINE at www.speechwire.com.  Click on the “Tournaments Calendar” button and select the “Pius X/Lincoln East Turkey Talk.” If you have questions about your VARSITY entry, e-mail Nolan DeWispelare: nolan.dewispelare@piusx.net.  For questions about your NOVICE entry, e-mail Nick Herink: nherink@lps.org.


LIMITS:          Because room availability may be restricted, please limit entries to four per event per division (four novice, four varsity for instance).  You may place students on the wait list, but understand your students may hit each other if sections are few and your entries are many.  We must be able to use your judges, so we may need to clear sections to make this possible.


DROP/ADD:   Any changes will be accepted through Thursday, November 16.  No adds will be allowed on the day of the tournament.

FEES:             Entry fees will be $7.00 per event.  Any entries not "covered" by your judges cost an additional $15.00 per entry.

JUDGES:      You must furnish one judge for every 5 entries or part thereof.  PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO PROVIDE JUDGES.  A shortage of judges threatens the efficiency of the tournament.  You may use non-competing varsity team members who you think will do a good job with the novices as judges in the East division only.  All judges must be available for finals.

AWARDS:      Team trophies through third place.  Combined sweeps trophy for Varsity + Novice.  All finalists in each event will receive awards.  Ribbons will be awarded to individuals ranking 1st & 2nd in each round.

EVENTS:     Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative Speaking, Original Oratory, Entertainment Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Poetry, Duo Interpretation, Program Oral Interp (POI - VARSITY ONLY).



7:45-8:45 a.m.          Novice registration in the Cafeteria at East.  Varsity registration in the Commons at Pius X.

8:30                            Extemporaneous Draw, Round 1

9:00                            Round 1

10:00                          Extemporaneous Draw, Round 2

10:30                          Round 2

11:30                          Extemporaneous Draw, Round 3

12:00                          Round 3

1:30                            Extemporaneous Draw, Finals

2:00                            Finals




Manager contact information

Nolan DeWispelare
Email address: nolan.dewispelare@piusx.net
Phone number: 402-367-2495

Mailing address

6000 A Street
Lincoln, NE 68510

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