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John F. Kennedy MS/HS Speech and Debate Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in Ohio.

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Hello OSDA Coaches!

We are so very thrilled to invite you to atted the JFK Tournament this year! Below you will, hopefully, find all of the information you need. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to reach out me!

Thanks,

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 26, 2019!
 
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.
 
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY AS THIS TOURNAMENT TENDS TO FILL UP FAST!
 
 
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 21st at 9:00 p.m.. **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 time slots as we have done in the past. **NO DOUBLE ENTRIES AT THIS TOURNAMENT**
 
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/December NSDA topic. There will be a maximum of 4 entries per team. If you have additional entries, please enter them and they will be placed on the waitlist. Pending space, entries will be removed from the waitlist in the order that they were received on a rotating basis by school. 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/December NSDA topic. There will be a maximum of 4 entries per team. If you have additional entries, please enter them and they will be placed on the waitlist. Pending space, entries will be removed from the waitlist in the order that they were received on a rotating basis by school. 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 (high-low then high-high). 
 
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. If you have more, please enter them and they will be placed on the waitlist. As space permits, they will be entered in to the tournament. We will be utilizing the October docket assigned for October 26th from the OSDA for legislation. We will have 3 preliminary sessions of Congress (approximately 1 hr each).  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 Oratory, 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 21st at 9:00 p.m.. **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 2019-20 NSDA BQD topic.
 
Public Forum Debate: We will offer three(3) preliminary rounds of competition. Please follow the November/December OSDA MS 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.
 
Congress: We will offer three (3) sessions of Congress, approximately one hour in length. We will be scoring based on judge preference/ranks. We will also be using direct questioning. The docket will be e-mailed as soon as it is available. 
 
Schedule: 7:45-8:15 Registration/Check-in
*An official schedule of rounds will be posted by Wednesday, 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
Deadline to add entries: Monday, October 21st @ 9:00 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 or PO provided). 
 
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 in HS only. 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 26th!
 
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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2550 Central Parkway SE
Warren, OH 44484

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