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This is a High School tournament in Colorado.

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DPS Invitational

Dear coach,


You are cordially invited to the DPS Invitational at Strive Prep – SMART Academy on January 20, 2018. This tournament was previously hosted by Denver School of the Arts. While the location has changed we still plan on offering the same wonderful tournament experience for you and your students.


Events: We will be offering three rounds and finals in DI, HI, Poetry, Duo, POI, DX, IX, Original Oratory, Informative, Impromptu, CX, LD, and Public Forum.


Doubling: Debaters may not enter more than one event. Speech competitors may enter 2 events PER FLIGHT (4 events total). Extempers may not double enter in the extemp flight. Extempers risk losing prep time if they double enter in the opposite flight.


Speech Events

                        Flight A                                                          Flight B

Oratory                                                            Foreign Extemp

POI                                                                 Domestic Extemp

Impromptu                                                      HI

Informative                                                      DI

Duo                                                                 Poetry


Judging: We will be hiring several judges to make sure this tournament runs smoothly, but please bring judges! Schools are asked to attempt to bring 1 judge for every 6 IE entries and 1 judge for every 4 debate entries.   


Schedule:       Speech Events                                                 Debate Events

7-7:30: Registration                                                                            

8:00: Round 1A (OO, POI, IMP. INF. DUO)                8:00: Round 1A – CX, LD, PF          

9:30: Round 1B (FX, DX, HI, DI, POE)                      8:45: Round 1B – LD, PF

11:00: Round 2A                                                        10:30: Round 2A – CX, LD, PF        

12:30: Round 2B                                                         11:15: Round 2B – LD, PF    

2:00: Round 3A                                                          1:00: Round 3A – CX, LD, PF                      

3:30: Round 3B                                                           1:45: Round 3B – LD, PF

3:30: A Finals                                                             3:30: Debate Finals

5:00: B Finals

7:00: Awards

Fees and Payment: The entry fee will be $10.00 per student in speech events. $10 per LD entry. And $20 per CX, PF, and Duo team. This is to compensate for the higher prices most tournaments are now paying judges.


Please make checks payable to “Strive Prep” IMPORTANT: Please send checks to 3201 W. Arizona Ave “ATTN: SMART/GRANT THOMAS”. This will help keep checks from floating around and mystery money remaining in your account.


“The Academy Award”: We will be recognizing “The Academy Award for Best Speaker” to the speech student who performs the best that day based off of the number of times they appear in finals and how they place within said finals. “The Academy Award for Best Debater” will go to the debater from any of the three debate events with the highest speaker points.


Site:  The tournament will be held at SMART Academy High School, 3201 W Arizona Ave, Denver, CO 80219. Please park in the parking lot on the west side of the school (along Irving street).



Hosting this tournament is a tremendous source of pride for my students, my colleagues, and our community. Additionally, this tournament would not possible without the work of so many in the speech and debate community. Your attendance and contributions to this tournament are truly appreciated.



Grant Thomas

Strive Prep SMART Academy 

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Grant Thomas
Email address: gthomas@striveprep.org
Phone number: 402-560-3886

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3201 W. Arizona Ave.
Denver, CO 80219

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