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John F. Kennedy HS/MS Speech and Debate Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in Ohio.

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UPDATE 10/9/18:

Coaches:

I hope this finds you all well! I'm sure you are all busy preparing your teams for competition. We certainly look forward to having you at the JFK tournament this year. Thus far, we have had OVERWHELMING interest in teams participating in our tournament and have grown beyond any of our expectations based upon attendance in the past. We currently have approximately 550 competitors registered! To that end, we have definitely exceeded our capacity in the debate events. At this point, I have closed registration in LD and PF. All adds to LD and PF will be "waitlisted." Should sufficient space become available, I will add the waitlisted entries.

Thank you for your understanding! Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Anthony Catale

 

 

Dear Forensics Coach:

The Warren John F. Kennedy Speech and Debate Team cordially invites you and your team to attend the John F. Kennedy HS/MS Speech and Debate Tournament on October 27, 2018!

This is a middle school, varsity and BQS tournament in the Youngstown District.

Locations:                         
             John F. Kennedy-Upper Campus               John F. Kennedy- Blessed Sacrament Campus
             2550 Central Parkway SE                          3000 Reeves Road
             Warren, OH 44484                                     Warren, OH 44484
**Since we are hosting Middle School again this year, we must wait to see tentative numbers to determine which events will be assigned to our buildings.


HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS

Individual Events: We will offer a total of four (3) rounds of competition. You may enter up to four (4) competitors in each category and list them as Varsity. We may adjust this number in each category as entry numbers warrant. Any other competitor should be listed as JV and will be added to the tournament as long as space permits. No more than six (6) competitors may be registered in any category, including JV.  Due to space limitations and interest in the tournament this year, no adds will be accepted after Monday, October 22nd. **Disclaimer: Depending on the number of entries in each category and due to space limitations, we may need to have a staggered start schedule for rounds, or flights. We are hoping to run the IE events over 4 timeslots as we have done in the past.

Public Forum Debate: We will offer four (3) preliminary rounds of competition with the possibility of a 4th round, time permitting. Please follow the November NSDA topic. There will be a maximum of 4 entries (mark as Varsity in SpeechWire). If you have additional entries, please enter them and mark them as JV. We will add them as space permits. We cannot accept adds after the entry deadline.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate: We will offer four (3) preliminary rounds of competition, with the possibility of a 4th round, time permitting. Please follow the November NSDA topic. There will be a maximum of 4 entries (mark as Varsity in SpeechWire). If you have additional entries, please enter them and mark them as JV. We will add them as space permits. We cannot accept adds after the entry deadline.

There will be NO HS BQD OR POLICY DEBATE.

**DEBATE, PLEASE NOTE: LD and PF will be flighted with random pairing in round 1 and and power-paired rounds 2 and 3. We will power round 4 as well should we have one.

Student Congress: We WILL be hosting student congress at the tournament and registration for this event is capped at no more than 6 entries per school.   We will be utilizing the October docket assigned for October 27th from the OHSSL for legislation. (It will also be available to all the schools on Speechwire.  Legislation will not be accepted the day of the tournament). We will have 3 preliminary sessions of Congress (approximately 1hr each). We will be scoring based on judge preference. We will also be using direct questioning. We will break to a final chamber and final session legislation will be determined the week prior to the tournament.

MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENTS

Individual Events: We will offer a total of three (3) rounds of competition. Students may compete in MS Interpretation, MS Original, or Declamation. Please enter competitors in their respective grouping on SpeechWire. Due to space limitations and interest in the tournament this year, no adds will be accepted after Monday, October 22nd. **Disclaimer: Depending on the number of entries in each category and due to space limitations, we may need to have a staggered start schedule for rounds, or flights.

BQD: We will offer three (3) preliminary rounds of Big Questions Debate. Please use the 2018-19 NSDA BQD topic.

PF: Public Forum Debate: We will offer three(3) preliminary rounds of competition. Please follow the November NSDA topic. There will be a maximum of 4 entries. If you have additional entries, please enter them and we will allow them entry as space permits. We cannot accept adds after the entry deadline.

Schedule: 7:45-8:15 Registration/Check-in
*An official schedule of rounds will be posted by Tuesday, October 23rd after final entry counts are conducted.
**An e-mail will be sent out to notify which competitors to drop off at the Blessed Sacrament (Lower Campus) building before coming to the high school.

Registration: Please register for the tournament on speechwire.com
Deadline to add entries: Monday, October 22nd @ 5:00 p.m.
Deadline to add/edit judges: Thursday, October 25th @ 5:00 p.m.

Registration Fees: $3.50 per entry in both HS and MS (PF & DUO count as 2 entries). All checks should be made payable to John F. Kennedy High School- Speech and Debate(Fees may be paid at the time of registration).

Judge Requirements: IE:  One (1) judge for every five (5) IE entries (a Duo team counts as one entry) for either HS or MS.
Public Forum/LD/BQD: One (1) judge for every 2 debaters/teams. PLEASE REGISTER ON SPEECHWIRE AS A MS OR HS JUDGE.
Congress: One (1) scorer or parliamentarian for each school that has Congress entries. IF YOU HAVE HS AND MS CONGRESS YOU MUST HAVE ONE JUDGE FOR HS AND ONE FOR MS.
The fee for being short judges is $30.00 per judge.  This fee will be enforced. JUDGES DROPPED THE DAY OF THE MEET WILL RESULT IN A $30 FINE.
**Please make sure that you register judges as either MS or HS**

Lunch & Snacks: Snack items will be available for purchase at reasonable prices on Saturday in both schools throughout the day. A lighter lunch will be provided at breaks for debaters at the Blessed Sacrament Campus. However, a full lunch menu will be served in the High School cafeteria.  The Youngstown District has issued a rule stating that no contestants are allowed to leave the premises for food to bring back to the tournament (i.e. McDonalds, Arby's).

Awards: Trophies will be awarded to the top six placements in all events in both HS and MS. School sweepstakes will be presented based on the top ten competitor’s sweepstakes points per school. There will be a team sweepstakes trophy for the top 2 teams.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at acatale@warrenjfk.com

We look forward to seeing you all on October 27th!

Anthony Catale
Head Coach, JFK Speech and Debate
 

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Anthony Catale
Email address: acatale@warrenjfk.com
Phone number: 330-501-1471

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JFK Speech and Debate
2550 Central Parkway SE
Warren, OH 44484

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