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Howland HS Amy Lowe Memorial Speech Tournament

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General information

This is a High School tournament in Ohio.

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The Howland Forensics program is pleased to be hosting the 22nd Annual Amy Lowe Memorial Tournament on Saturday, December 19, 2015.  

Currently, we are offering 4 rounds in all IE and 5 rounds in Debate (time permitting). Debate bracketing will be random for round one and power-paired after that with no school protection.  We will be hosting a student congress.  If entries warrant, we will have two preliminary sessions and a super congress. 


Schools may enter unlimited entries in all individual events and congress.  In debate, each team is permitted 10 total entries; if you have more, enter them and be aware if numbers become too large, we will scale back each team to ten.  PLEASE CONFIRM AND ENTER TENTATIVE NUMBERS ASAP so we can plan congress, buy food, and secure enough rooms.   When registering, mark your best 4 entries in each event VARSITY (for IE and congress only).  The remaining should be JV.  Varsity and JV may compete against each other.

The Cost: is $3.50 PER COMPETITOR. Make Checks payable to Howland Speech Team. As part of your registration fees, each school is to bring:

Awards: Trophies will be awarded to the top six (or more) finishers in each event.

A team sweepstakes trophy will be awarded. 

There will be an outstanding speaker award for the top finisher to honor our tournament’s namesake.


Sweepstakes:  Your top ten finishers for the day

IE: 1=3    2=2   3=1

Congress: 6=3   5=2   4=1

Debate: 2.4 per win

Registration deadline for entries is Monday,  December 12th at noon. PLEASE ENTER NUMBERS ASAP

 Judges should be registered by Friday night before the tournament.

Each school is to provide prepared judges according to the following ratios:

1 IE judge for every five entries or major fraction of five

1 PF or LD judge per two entries or major fraction of two

1 Congress judge if bringing entries

If we have an overabundance of judges, we will let you know to bring less. As this is the event before Christmas and we flight…there are usually many extra judges available…if you are having problems, let us know.

Registration the day of the tournament is as follows:

Individual Event and Debate registration is 8:00-8:30.

Individual Events are to register in room 121 (the big computer lab by the front entrance)

LD and PF Debaters and Judges should be dropped off at the middle school across the street and will register there. Check in at the Media Center for additional information and instructions. Debaters will be shuttled back to high school after rounds.

Tentative Time Schedule:

8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-9:00 Judge briefings in cafeterias at both buildings

Extemp draw in the media center at 8:45 PROMPT

All other IE competitors report to the gym for opening announcements.

We will be running short sections over 5 time slots...OR 4 STRAIGHT ROUNDS DEPENDING ON NUMBERS

Awards: 3:30 in the high school gymnasium if the speech gods smile on us!

Extemp, Debate, and Congress Concerns:

Extemp prep is in the media center on the second floor of the high school.  Students will draw round 1 and repeat the speech in round 2.  Students will draw for round 3 and repeat that speech for round 4.

Debate will use the NFL topics for December.

Congress will use the OHSSL docket to that week. See OHSSL.org to print this out.  Out of district teams unfamiliar with congress tabulation in Ytown can ask for clarification if you need it.  Final Congress Legislation to follow.

Students are expected to remain in the building for lunch. 

The tabroom is by invitation.  If you are interested in working, please contact Jeremy Hamilton at Canfield.  We will be arranging tabroom assignments. 

Directions to buildings? Send me an email.


Hope everyone is well and the season is going great!  Look forward to seeing everyone.  I’ll send you updates as I get them.

Amanda Daquelente

P.S. Thom is still doing the Speechwire end of the tournament.  If you have those sorts of questions, contact him through Speechwire.

If you have any other questions, please contact 

Manager contact information

Thom Williams
Email address: thomas.williams@howlandschools.org
Phone number: 2348557896

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200 Shaffer Drive
Warren, OH 44484

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