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Lena-Winslow/Orangeville Tournament

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You are invited to the January 4, 2020 Le-Win/Orangeville Novice/Varsity Invitational Speech Tournament. 
This marks our school's 13th, and for me, my second year hosting a tournament, and the Lena-Winslow School District is pleased to have contributed to the strength and visibility of competitive forensics in Northwest Illinois. Since our debut a decade ago, River Ridge and then Stockton have created tournaments, so it looks like competitive speech in our corner of the world is in good hands. 
As stated in past years, ours is a good tournament for younger kids (AKA novices), so if you were planning on sending your "A" team into the suburbs that day, send your other kids to us. It may be one of the final times this season they hear their names called out on stage. By the same token, our tournament kicks off the second half of the season for many of us, so it's also a good chance to get your top varsity kids tuned up a little bit more in preparation for the State Series in February. Also, don't think of this as just a "quick and easy" tournament to give your kids something to do on that day. A large part of hosting a tournament is to make sure your kids get good feedback, not just hand out medals. A primary aim is to make your kids better, and we have not lost sight of that.
Because we're inconveniently located in the provinces and our tournament is in January, it wouldn't be a bad idea if you planned on getting here around 7:15. If we get hit with snow, it may take you longer than planned to get here. Your buses may park in the any of the school lots. Please enter through the back of the elementary and find your tables in the elementary cafeteria. Your bus will drive past the junior high and turn right off Fremont Street and drive all the way to the back of the junior high/elementary school to drop students off at the back elementary school doors. Last year, we used rooms in all three of our schools. If the need exists, we will do that again this year. 
Here are the basics:
FEE- $125. Send it now or bring it with you.
JUDGES- One per every five entries.
ENTRIES- Kids may be double entered. The official number of entries per category will be set at three. If you wish to bring more than three per any one category, send me a note first, and we'll talk about it. IF I do say it's OK, my only request is for you to find another judge or two. I'd rather have judges than more money through higher entry fees (but, I won't turn down a few extra bucks either). REMEMBER ALSO-- Our space is limited, even with all three buildings. It worked out last year in terms of space, but I have to impose limits. So, if you don't mind judging a round in the parking lot or the boiler room, let's be reasonable on how many kids we bring.
STRUCTURE- There will be two preliminary rounds and one final. The first round will be double judged and the second one single judged. The previous three years, we didn't have novice finals because of the tournament's small size. It worked out well that way and we will do the same thing this year. We merely called the top six novices in each category during awards and gave them 1st through 6th place ribbons. Varsity finals will be triple judged if we have the judges. I'm not concerned about ties. If more kids hear their names called out to receive an award, then great.
RADIO & EXTEMP- One prep for radio and extemp (7:45 AM) prelims and one for finals. We provide radio material. In case you're not aware of it, the IHSA Speech Advisory Committee has decided to limit extemp prep to 30 minutes for the State Series and we'll do the same. 
AWARDS- Medals for varsity finalists, ribbons for novice, and trophies for the top three teams.
FOOD- Full Concession
COMMENTS, QUESTIONS- Call me at 815/990-0685 (cell) 
Hope to see you next January.
Meredith Schoonhoven, Le-Win/Orangeville Speech Coach

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Meredith Schoonhoven
Email address: schoonhovenm@le-win.net
Phone number: 815-990-0685

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Lena, IL 61048

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