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This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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Payments are due at registration. To access the school's W9 form, click here. May accounts payable departments need this to process payment. Online payments are accepted! Be sure to know the unique invoice # that is created by Speechwire. There is a service fee for refunds of $50 so do not pay too early. To make an online payment visit https://secure.touchnet.net/C21175_ustores/web/classic/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=6&CATID=1078
All of our champions will receive hand-painted skim boards to take a little bit of south Florida home with them. The championship coaches will receive hand-painted mini-surfboards, as well. 
Congress will debate three preliminary sessions on Saturday, then Semifinals and Finals on Sunday. Schools may enter up to two pieces of legislation. All legislation is due by December 7, 2018. Submit legilsation to Itiel Wainer (itielwainer@gwu.edu). 
Speech will compete in five preliminary rounds, four on Saturday and one on Sunday. (We are dropping the lowest prelim rank and we will use clean breaks--not cumulative ranks--in each elimination round.) We will break to quarterfinals in each Speech event, if entries warrant. This year we are trying NOT to do prelim sections of seven. Whenever possible, we will keep sections to six speakers. Speech competitors can double-enter within each pattern, so an ambitious competitor can compete in four different speech events. (Pattern A: EXT, INFO, DI, POI -- Pattern B: HI, DUO, IMP, OO) Breaks will be determined by total ranks in prelims, followed by recips. Whenever possible we will break the number of competitors on total ranks, using recips only when absolutely necessary. We will allow internet in extemp prep. However, we cannot guarantee the wifi network or provide power. 
LD and PF
Debate will compete in six preliminary rounds. The first two rounds will be pre-set randomly and will take place Friday afternoon. Rounds three through six will be power matched (high-low within brackets). Both LD and PF will break to partial or full Triple-Octafinals, depending on the number of entries. The order of tie-breakers is 1) wins, 2) head-to-head, 3) opposition wins, 4) drop high-low speaker points, 5) total speaker points. This year, Public Forum rounds will be preset (NO coin flip in prelims). LD will use MJP and PF will allow for a limited number of strikes.
The tournament will provide meals for both students and judges Saturday. On Sunday, the tournament will continue to provide food for judges, and will arrange for a variety of food trucks from which students can purchase food.

Teams requiring overnight stay are encouraged to book rooms at the Renaissance Plantation Hotel. If you have a need for fewer than 10 rooms please use the reservation link (https://book.passkey.com/e/49807547) to book your rooms. If you require more than 10 rooms please contact Nina Landis (954-308-4560 or nina.landis@whitelodging.com).


Entries are due by 5pm on January 4th. Entries dropped after that point will incur the entry fee + a $20 drop fee. 

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NSU University School
AutoNation Center for the Arts
Attention Betty Pilaski - Sunvitational
3375 SW 75th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-1400
Contact Information
Steven Schappaugh
2019 Sunvitational Tournament Director
Jamaque Newberry
Assistant Director of Forensics
Dan Bishop 
Director of the Arts
Danny Swerdlow
Associate Director of the Arts
Caleb Samson
Student Tournament Director

Manager contact information

Steve Schappaugh
Email address: skschappaugh@gmail.com
Phone number: 515 441 1036

Mailing address

NSU University School AutoNation Center for the Arts
3375 SW 75th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314

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