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Winter Wonder 2018

November 10, 2018

Dear Speech and Debate Coach:                                                                                         

You are cordially invited to participate in the 25th Annual Winter Wonder Speech and Debate Tournament on December 8, 2018.

Events:  The following events will be offered: CX Debate, JV CX Debate, LD Debate, Public Forum Debate, National Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Drama, Humor, Poetry, POI, Duo Interp, Original Oratory, Informative, Impromptu Speaking, Improvisational Pairs, and Congressional Debate. Three rounds and finals will be held in all events. 

Entries: A maximum of four (4) entries will be allowed in each event, except Congress, which will be limited to 10 entries per school. Additional entries can be placed on the waitlist and we will accommodate those entries if space is available.

Registration: All registration will occur at www.speechwire.com. Registration will close on Friday, November 30, or earlier if the tournament fills. Registrations are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.  As always, we would appreciate knowing of any drops in advance of the tournament, in order to help the scheduling of rounds. Please see the fees section for fee information.


  • 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 all current NSDA topics in each of the debates.
  • We will use the NSDA Cross-examination format in the final rounds of National and International Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • CHSAA rules and event descriptions will be used for CHSAA events. 
  • NSDA Congress rules will be used for Congress.
  • The rules for Improvisational Pairs and Impromptu are attached and posted at www.speechwire.com

Doubling Rules:

  • CX, JVCX, PF, and LD Debaters may not double-enter.
  • Congressional Debate students may not double-enter.
  • Students in events may double-enter in two events. Students are responsible for making it to their rounds. Students must pay attention to the schedule because we may not be using a full wave system- some events may occur in the same time period.
  • Students can only enter one Extemp event.
  • Extempers that double-enter risk losing part of their prep time.

JV/Varsity CX Rules:

  • Varsity CX Debate is open to all CX debate teams. 
  • JV CX debate is limited to freshman and sophomore CX debaters or students in their first year of competition. 
  • In JV CX, no Kritiks or counterplans are allowed.
  • In JV 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

Fees and Payment: The entry fee will be $12.00 per student in events and $9.00 per student in Congress, based upon the pre-registration numbers on Wednesday, November 28. Changes in pre-registration will be reflected in the final entry fees if made via the web site by November 28. After that time, net increases in entries will result in increases in final entry fees, while net decreases in entries will not reduce your final entry fees. Please make checks payable to CCHS Speech and Debate Team. Please mail payment to Marti Benham, Cherry Creek High School, 9300 E. Union Avenue, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

Judging:  Each school must provide one judge who will be available to judge all day and available to judge all events entered by their school.  Judges are responsible for checking for ballots at the appropriate times.

Awards:  Trophies and ribbons will be awarded to all finalists. Numerous superior and excellent ribbons will be given as awards.  Trophies, gavels, and ribbons will be awarded in Congress.

Final Registration:  Final registration will be from 7:00 to 7:30 AM, with rounds beginning at 8:00 AM. Please plan to arrive at registration early. Schools not registered by 7:30am may be dropped from the tournament. Awards are scheduled for 7:30pm.

Congressional Debate: Please submit bills and resolutions by Friday, November 16 at 3pm by email to mbenham@cherrycreekschools.org in PDF format or Word format. The docket will be available on www.speechwire.com on or before Monday, November 19.

Food: Lunch and munchies will be served to coaches and judges. A complete concession stand will sell pizza, salads, fruit, etc. to students.

Miscellaneous Details: Please note that a responsible coach must be present on site with students at all times.  Please also note that Cherry Creek Public Schools bans all use of tobacco by students and adults in or on all school grounds and facilities.

Location: The tournament will be located at CCHS, 9300 E. Union Avenue, Greenwood Village, 80111.  Registration will be in the lobby of the West building by the cafeteria. From Yosemite, take Union east to the first faculty parking lot (right past the first stoplight on Union). Please park buses in the bus lanes.

Lodging: Hotel information is included below.

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

We look forward to seeing you and hope you will be able to join us!





Marti Benham


Cherry Creek

Hotel Information


There are numerous affordable high quality hotels near Cherry Creek High School.


Below are several options to consider, but there are many more possibilities. Please make your hotel arrangements directly with the hotel.


Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Doubletree by Hilton- Denver Tech Center

7801 E. Orchard Road

Greenwood Village, CO 80111



Hampton Inn & Suites

5001 S. Ulster Street

Denver, CO 80237



Hilton Garden Inn

7675 E Union Ave,

Denver, CO 80237



Hyatt Place- Denver Tech Center

8300 E. Crescent Parkway

Englewood, CO 80111



Hyatt Regency- Denver Tech Center

7800 E. Tufts Avenue

Denver, CO 80237





Manager contact information

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

Mailing address

Cherry Creek High School
Cherry Creek Speech & Debate, Marti Benham, 9300 E. Union Avenue
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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