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The Bruin Novice

Cherry Creek High School

October 13, 2018


You are cordially invited to participate in the 7th Annual Bruin Novice Tournament on October 13, 2018.  The tournament will be held at Cherry Creek High School. 

Events:  We will host three (3) rounds of novice competition in Drama, Humor, Poetry, Program Oral Interpretation, Oratory, Informative Speaking, National Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interp, Cross-Examination Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, and Public Forum Debate.  We will also host Congressional Debate at the novice level. There is no double-entering allowed.

Debate Resolutions:  We will use the 2018-19 NSDA CX topic (Immigration), the September-October NSDA LD topic (reporters and confidential sources), and the September-October NSDA PF topic (UNCLOS-UN Convention on the Law of the Sea). 

Congressional Debate:  The docket will be set and posted at www.speechwire.com.

Entries:  Each school may enter a maximum of 5 entries in each event and 20 entries in Congress.   Entries will be handled on a first-come, first served basis. Registration will occur via www.speechwire.com. Registration will close on Friday October 5, but may close sooner based on entries received.

Student Judges:  Each school is expected to provide 1 student judge for each 5 events entries and 1 student judge for each 2 debate entries. 

Entry Fees:  Fees are $6.00 per student, based on pre-registration numbers as of Wednesday, October 3.  Please make checks payable to Cherry Creek High School. Please mail payment to Marti Benham, Cherry Creek High School, 9300 E. Union Avenue, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

Registration and Schedule:  Registration will be held at 8:00am. Schools should plan to arrive at 8am. Rounds will begin promptly at 9:00am. Awards are scheduled for 2:30pm.


  • Competition is open to 9-12 grade students representing the school in which they are officially enrolled and doing so with the permission of their school administration and/or coaches.
  • We will use CHSAA rules in all events, except Congressional Debate. We will use NSDA rules in Congressional Debate.
  • In CX, no kritiks or counterplans are allowed.
  • In CX, we will employ the NFHS Novice case limits, meaning that all teams should limit themselves to these case areas:
    • A path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
    • Expansion of the H-1B visas for skilled workers
    • Lifting the Trump Travel Ban (We know that the courts have blocked much of it)
    • The Dream Act
  • In Original Oratory and Informative Speaking, scripts are optional.

Awards:  We will award numerous superior and excellent ribbons. Awards are scheduled for 2:30pm.

Judges' Certification Clinic:  We will host a clinic for adults interested in learning how to judge during the varsity season. This will be from 9:00-11:00am.

Concessions:  A concessions stand will be available for students.  Food will be provided for coaches. 

Site:  The tournament will be held at Cherry Creek High School, 9300 E. Union Avenue, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

Miscellany:  A responsible coach must be present on site at all times.  Please understand that no smoking is allowed on school grounds. Please remind students that mistreatment of facilities may result in the cancellation of future tournaments. 

Questions and Concerns:  Please feel free to contact Marti Benham at Cherry Creek High School, 720-554-2216 (school), 303-921-9411 (cell), mbenham@cherrycreekschools.org








Manager contact information

Marti Benham
Email address: mbenham@cherrycreekschools.org
Phone number: 303-921-9411

Mailing address

Cherry Creek High School
9300 E. Union Avenue
Greenwood Village, CO 80128

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