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Howland HS Amy Lowe Memorial Speech & Debate Tournament

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General information

This is a High School tournament in Ohio.

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The Howland Forensics program is pleased to be hosting the Annual Amy Lowe Memorial Tournament on Saturday, December 15, 2018.  

Currently, we are offering 4 rounds in all IE and 5 rounds in Debate (time permitting). Debate bracketing will be random for round one and power-paired after that with no school protection.  We will be hosting a student congress.  If entries warrant, we will have two preliminary sessions and a super congress. 


Schools may enter unlimited entries in all individual events and congress.  In debate, each team is permitted 10 total entries; if you have more, enter them and be aware if numbers become too large, we will scale back each team to ten.  PLEASE CONFIRM AND ENTER TENTATIVE NUMBERS ASAP so we can plan congress, buy food, and secure enough rooms.   When registering, mark your best 4 entries in each event VARSITY (for IE and congress only).  The remaining should be JV.  Varsity and JV may compete against each other.

The Cost: is $3.50 PER COMPETITOR. Make Checks payable to Howland Speech Team. As part of our students' service project, we are asking each team to bring ten dollars of personal care products.

Awards: Trophies will be awarded to the top six (or more) finishers in each event.

A team sweepstakes trophy will be awarded. 

There will be an outstanding speaker award for the top finisher to honor our tournament’s namesake.

Sweepstakes:  Your top ten high school finishers for the day

IE: 1=3    2=2   3=1

Congress: 6=3   5=2   4=1

Debate: 3per win

Registration deadline for entries is Monday,  December 10th at noon. PLEASE ENTER NUMBERS ASAP

 Judges should be registered by Friday night before the tournament.

Each school is to provide prepared judges according to the following ratios:

1 IE judge for every five entries or major fraction of five

1 PF or LD judge per two entries or major fraction of two

1 Congress judge if bringing entries

If we have an overabundance of judges, we will let you know to bring less. As this is the event before Christmas and we flight…there are usually many extra judges available…if you are having problems, let us know.

Registration the day of the tournament is as follows:

Individual Event and Debate registration is 8:00-8:30.  If at all possible, register by 8:15.

Individual Events are to register in room 121 (the big computer lab by the front entrance)

Right now, we are planning on only using the high school.  If registration is large and we need to use the middle school, you will be notified.  

Tentative Time Schedule:

8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-9:00 Judge briefings in cafeterias at both buildings

Extemp draw in the media center at 8:45 PROMPT

All other IE competitors report to the gym for opening announcements.

We will be running short sections over 5 time slots...OR 4 STRAIGHT ROUNDS DEPENDING ON NUMBERS

Awards: 3:30 in the high school gymnasium if the speech gods smile on us!

Extemp, Debate, and Congress Concerns:

Extemp prep is in the media center on the second floor of the high school.  According to OSDA rules, we will run a four round draw.

Debate will use the NFL topics for December.

Congress will use the OHSSL docket to that week. See OHSSL.org to print this out.  Out of district teams unfamiliar with congress tabulation in Ytown can ask for clarification if you need it.  Final Congress Legislation to follow.

Students are expected to remain in the building for lunch. 

The tabroom is by invitation.  If you are interested in working, please contact Jeremy Hamilton at Canfield.  We will be arranging tabroom assignments. 

Directions to buildings? Send me an email.

Hope everyone is well and the season is going great!  Look forward to seeing everyone.  I’ll send you updates as I get them.

Amanda Daquelente

P.S. Thom is still doing the Speechwire end of the tournament.  If you have those sorts of questions, contact him through Speechwire.

If you have any other questions, please contact 

Manager contact information

Thom Williams
Email address: thomas.williams@howlandschools.org
Phone number: 2348557896

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Warren, OH 44484

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