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The 2018 Guilford County Challenge



Welcome to Greensboro and to the 15th Annual Guilford County Challenge.

It is an honor to host this pre-holiday event that is sure to bring out the best of competitors.  Our team here at Northwest Guilford High School is excited for your arrival.

We are looking forward to seeing you on December 8th!

Registration for the Guilford County Challenge must be completed on Speechwire by 6:00 pm Tuesday, December 4th.


Debate Events offered

Public Forum (JV and V)

Lincoln-Douglas (JV and V)

Congressional Debate (JV and V)


Speech Events offered

Dramatic Interpretation (Open)

Duo Interpretation (Open)

Extemporaneous Speaking (Open)

Humorous Interpretation (Open)

Impromptu Speaking (Open)

Informative Speaking (Open)

Oral Interpretation of Literature (Open)

Oratorical Declamation (9th and 10th grades)

Original Oratory (Open)

Program Oral Interpretation (Open)

Storytelling (Open)


Entry limits

Debate- up to 8 teams or individuals per division

Speech- up to 8 speakers or partners in each events

All debate events will offer Junior Varsity and Varsity divisions.  A junior varsity debater is defined as any student in his/her first two years of competition.  All other competitors, even those not in their third and fourth years but who are new to an event at this tournament, must register in the varsity division.  Coaches, please honor the purpose of junior varsity status.


Use of Technology

Use of laptops and tablets will be allowed during all debate events provided this equipment is not used to retrieve the internet and with the understanding that technology cannot disrupt the flow of the debate process.  Additionally, we discourage the use of laptops while formally speaking in rounds.  Other technology notes:


  • With the exception of use as timers in rounds, cell phones of any type are prohibited in ALL events including Extemp.
  • We will not guarantee the safe storage of any personal item including computers and will offer no guarantee of electronic hookups.
  • Use of technology in violation of the rules may result in disqualification.

Students entered in Extemp will be allowed to use computers in the Extemp Prep Room under the following guidelines:

  • Students may use laptop computers they provide (1 computer: 1 student; no sharing) or the more traditional boxes/tubs/squad current events files.
  • NO use of internet in extemp prep.
  • Printers will NOT be available.  Extempers may bring their own printers if they also provide appropriate extension cords (if outlets are available in the Extemp Draw Room), and their own paper, AND printing does not interfere with other student preparation to speak.
  • Technology may be checked at any time by the extemp draw room monitor.
  • Use of technology in violation of the rules (as provided by the National Speech and Debate Association) may result in disqualification.



Round 1- US Government

Round 2- Middle East

Round 3- Domestic terrorism

Round 4- Southeast Asia


Visit back in a few weeks to learn about impromptu topics included this year.

Double Entries

Contestants may enter up to two speech events.  Events will be patterned after final numbers are determined.  Coaches, please remind double entered contestants that they should carefully read postings to know where to be and what time to be there.  There is no doubling in Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, or Congress.


Awards to be presented

Sweepstakes:  We will award 1st-3rd place overall Sweeps trophies as well as 1st and 2nd place Small Team Percentage Sweeps.  To qualify for the small teams sweeps, teams must have at least 5 but no more than 15 entries.


1st =6 pts; 2nd=5 pts; 3rd=4 pts; 4th=3 pts; 5th=2 pts; 6th = 1 pt.  All other places will not count towards sweeps.


Judging Obligations


Public Forum Debate- 1 per 3 entries per division

Lincoln- Douglas Debate- 1 per 3 entries per division

Speech events/Congress- 1 per 5 entries or fraction thereof


Only high school graduates will be allowed to judge at the Guilford County Challenge. Please provide judges who you know to be competent and experienced, or, in the case that this is their first time judging, judges that you have personally trained.  First and second year college students are invited to judge, but let us know, so we can flag them to judge only novices.  A limited number of LD judges are available for hire.  Please do your best to meet your quota.



Drops made after 6:00 pm on TUESDAY, December 4th will result in forfeiture of the registration fee.  After Tuesday, please continue to make drops on Speechwire.

Registration Changes

Please help us finalize registration as smoothly as possible.  Additions after registration closes on Tuesday are unlikely unless space allows, so please take care of your registration as soon as possible.  If you have additional needs, please contact us at your earliest convenience.  In that these additional entries do not overwhelm an event and you can provide the required number of judges needed, every effort will be made to meet reasonable requests.  Last year, we ran out of space, so get registered soon!

Final Saturday Registration

Calling ahead will without a doubt help us get the tournament underway.  While traveling, contact Scott Bennett at (336) 707-0966 (texting is preferable) to confirm registration and make any necessary changes.  You may begin calling as early as 7:00 am.  Leave a message if voice mail kicks in unless texting.  Then, upon arrival, coaches may simply drop off their checks at the registration table and pick up their packets.  Registration will take place in the media center from 7:45 to 8:30 AM.

Tournament entry fees




           Additional Information

School Fee



Entry Fee


·   Assessed per student per event.

·   Double entered students = $20.00.

·   Duo Interp Teams (2 students) = $20.00 per team.

·   Public Forum Teams (2 students) = $20.00 per team.

Hired Judge



Thank you for planning in advance to pay at registration. Please make checks payable to Northwest Guilford High School.

Please remember that registration for the GCC must be completed on Speechwire (www.speechwire.com) by 6:00 pm TUESDAY, December 4th.


Manager contact information

Scott Bennett
Email address: bennetp@gcsnc.com
Phone number: 336-707-0966

Mailing address

Northwest Guilford High School
5240 Northwest School Road
Greensboro, NC 27409

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