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Lafayette HS Irish Alumni Open Invitationals

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Lafayette High School Irish Open Invitationals – Open Schedule

  • School will be released one hour early (at 1:50 pm). Please do not arrive before 2:30. 

  • Please come to Lafayette High via Hwy 229 and take the East Highland Ave. (Exit #7). Doing will allow the busses to unload directly in front of Lafayette High School, instead of the opposite side of the street and will make for unloading safer. 

  • Unload in front of school Lafayette High School on East Highland Avenue.

  • Buses can then turn left on North 5th Street and then turn left in Football Parking Lot to park, north of LHS. 

  • Students will report to the Cafeteria or Practice Gym. 

  • Registration will be in the main hall, top of stairs via main E. Highland Ave. entrance (Door #1). 

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Friday, February 28th 

3-3:30: Registration Main Hall

3:15: Round 1 Extemp Draw (Main Hall, outside Library) 

3:30: Round 1 Individual Events (Except Extemp)

3:45: Round 1 Extemp

5:00: Round 2 Extemp Draw

5:00 Round 2 Individual Events

5:30 Round 2 Extemp

6:30: Round 1 Debate

8:00: Round 2 Debate

 

Saturday, February 29th

7:30: Semifinals Extemp Draw Draw (Main Hall, outside Library)

8:00: Semifinals of Individual Events

9:30: Round 3 Debate

11:00: Round 4 Debate

12:30: Extemp Draw for Finals of Individual Events

1:00: Finals Individual Events

2:30: Awards in Auditorium

3:00: Debate Semi Finals

4:30: Debate Finals

 

General Information and Rules

 

  • Arrival and Registration:

    1. Please do not arrive before 2:30.  

    2. Individual entry fees are $8.00 per entry.  

    3. Entries are due by 3:00 p.m. February 24th, 2020, with no refunds after February 26th, 2020.

    4. Each school shall be guaranteed up to two entries in each event offered.  

 

  • Tabulation Room:

    1. Tab will be open throughout the tournament in the Library Media Center.  

    2. Results will become permanent 10 minutes after final tabulation.

 

  • Facilities and Concessions:

    1. Students should remain in the common area (Cafeteria or Practice Gym) between rounds.

    2. All postings will be made public in the hallway outside of the Cafeteria. 

    3. A concession stand will be available via LHS Concession Stand in the hallway outside of the Practice Gym.  

    4. Please make sure students make an effort to clean up after themselves. 

    5. No food or drink allowed outside of commons areas.

    6. Lafayette High School is a non-smoking campus. 

 

  • Coaches, Judges, and Bus Drivers:

    1. A hospitality room will be provided for judges, bus drivers, and coaches in Room 9.  

    2. Busses need to park in the Football Parking Lot, north of the school. (See Map Below). 

 

  • Events:

    1. Students may enter two individual events and one debate event.

    2. Students may not enter more than one debate event: Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, or Public Forum Debate.

    3. Students may enter only one division of extemp.

    4. Students may not triple enter in any other combination than the example given above. 

    5. No Maverick teams will be allowed in any division of debate.

    6. Team personnel must remain consistent throughout the tournament. 

    7. We will be following the MSHSAA laptop use in debate and extemp prep. All debaters and extempers may now use laptops in rounds and prep.  However, no internet access is to be used. 

    8. Formulas for determining breaks: 

      • Individual Events:  Ranks, reciprocals, and quality points. 

      • Debate: Win-loss, opposition loss, opposition record, and cumulative speaker points.

    9. Debate: All Debates will have four preliminary rounds. If the number of entries merit, Quarter-Finals will be held, if not, we will go directly to Semi-Finals and then Finals.

 

  • Awards:

    1. Awards will be given to the top six entries in each of the competitive events.  

    2. We will be offering trophies for the “Outstanding Novice” in each of the I.E. categories above, plus Student Congress (Prelim, 1/4s, Sems, & Finals). Novice =first year only of competition.

    3. Hillyard, Inc. Sweepstakes Trophies: Sweepstakes trophies will be given for the top three schools in forensics and debate events combined.  Debate: The best two teams in each division will be 5 points for each win and 10 points for placing in the top eight.  IE’s: Best two entries will be 10 points for finals, 15 points for 3rd place, 20 points for 2nd place, and 25 points for 1st place. 

    4. Note: A additional team award will be given to the top overall 1A, 2A, or 3A School. 

 

Cross-Examination Debate Rules:

  1. The proposition shall be the NSDA national topic: 

    1. Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States.

  2. Public Forum rounds will be set up in flights.

  3. Policy rounds format of 8-3-5 will be used. Prep time: 5 minutes per team.

  4. Since debate is oral communication, evidence shall be presented in an understandable fashion. NSDA speaking guidelines are advised; NSDA evidence rules will be enforced.

  5. The use of laptop computers, electronic storage, retrieval devices, etc. is permitted in Policy Debate for flowing or evidence retrieval so long as wired or wireless connections are disabled and remain disabled while the debate is in progress.

  6. Contestants more than ten minutes late to a round, through no fault of the tournament, will forfeit.

  7. In case of a forfeit or bye, the winning team will receive speaker ranks of 1-2.

  8. Ties will be broken by win-loss, opposition loss, opposition record, and cumulative speaker points.

 

Public Forum Debate Rules:

  1. The proposition shall be the NSDA February topic: 

    1. Resolved: The United States should replace means-tested welfare programs with a universal basic income. 

  2. Public Forum rounds will be set up in flights.

  3. Public Forum format of 4-3-2 will be used. Prep time: 2 minutes per team.

  4. Sides will be determined by a coin flip at the start of each round.

  5. Since debate is oral communication, evidence shall be presented in an understandable fashion. NSDA speaking guidelines are advised; NSDA evidence rules will be enforced.

  6. The use of laptop computers, electronic storage, retrieval devices, etc. is permitted in Public Forum Debate for flowing or evidence retrieval so long as wired or wireless connections are disabled and remain disabled while the debate is in progress.

  7. Contestants more than ten minutes late to a round, through no fault of the tournament, will forfeit.

  8. Ties will be broken by win-loss, opposition loss, opposition record, and cumulative speaker points.

 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Rules:

  1. The proposition shall be the NSDA January/February Topic: 

    1. Resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

  2. Lincoln-Douglas rounds will be set up in flights.

  3. Lincoln-Douglas format of 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 will be used.  Prep time: 4 minutes.

  4. Since debate is oral communication, evidence shall be presented in an understandable fashion. NSDA speaking guidelines are advised; NSDA evidence rules will be enforced.

  5. The use of laptop computers, electronic storage, retrieval devices, etc. is permitted in Lincoln-Douglas Debate for flowing or evidence retrieval so long as wired or wireless connections are disabled and remain disabled while the debate is in progress. See attached rules.

  6. Contestants more than ten minutes late to a round, through no fault of the tournament, will forfeit.

  7. Ties will be broken by win-loss, opposition loss, opposition record, and cumulative speaker points.

 

Individual Event Rules:

  1. All time limits and grace periods to follow NSDA and MSHSAA guidelines. 

  2. All IEs will have two preliminary rounds, semi-finals, and finals. 

  3. Individual Events Tie Breaks:  Ranks, reciprocals, and quality points. 

 

Open Extemporaneous Speaking:  
Students will draw three topics from which to choose.  One topic will be selected and the student will receive 30 minutes to prepare a 7-minute speech on the topic.  The student will draw and perform in the order assigned.  First round will be Domestic questions. Second round will be International questions. Semi-Finals and Finals will be a mix of both Domestic and International Questions. Follow NSDA Guidelines. 
 

Original Oratory:

The speech must be the original work of the contestant. Not more than 150 words may be a direct quotation. The presentation must be memorized. Time limit:10 minutes, maximum. For

Informative: Audio/visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message. During the presentation, no electronic equipment is permitted. The use of live animals or

any additional people as visual aids is not allowed during the speech. Items of dress put on and removed during the course of the presentation are considered costumes and may not be part of

the contestant’s presentation. Follow NSDA Guidelines.

 

Informative Speaking:
An informative speech is an original speech designed to explain, define, describe, or illustrate a particular subject. The general purpose of the speech is for the audience to gain understanding and/or knowledge of a topic. The use of audio/visual aids is optional. This contest comprises only memorized speeches composed by the contestants and not used by them during a previous contest season. Audio/visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message. During the presentation, no electronic equipment is permitted. The use of live animals or any additional people as visual aids is not allowed during the speech. Items of dress put on and removed during the course of the presentation are considered costumes and may not be part of the contestant’s presentation. Visual aids may not violate law (weapons, drugs, etc.) The host school is not responsible for providing any facilities, equipment, or assistance in a contestant’s use of visual aids. Expedient set up and take down of aids is expected. If a visual aid displays published pictorial material, the source must be included in the work-cited page but does not need to be cited orally. Not more than 150 words of the speech may be direct quotation. Follow NSDA Guidelines.
 

Program Oral Interpretation: 

Selections may be taken from any published novel, play or short story. Selections must possess literary merit. An adequate introduction should be provided. Off-stage focus for Duo. No

properties may be used. Selections must be memorized. Follow NSDA Guidelines.

 

 

Dramatic and Humorous Interpretation:

Selections must be taken from published literature (i.e., play, novel, short story, etc.). Selections should possess literary merit and must be appropriate for a high school performance. The

performance, including introduction, must be memorized. Performances may not exceed ten minutes. Follow NSDA Guidelines.

 

Duo Interpretation:

Selections must be taken from published literature (i.e., play, novel, short story, etc.). Selections should possess literary merit and must be appropriate for a high school performance. The

performance, including the introduction and, must be memorized. Team personal must remain constant throughout the tournament. Performances may not exceed ten minutes.  Follow NSDA

Guidelines.

 

Poetry:

The student entering poetry reading shall: Read poetry from published and copyrighted literature. The participant shall have available on-site access to the original source of the selection in

case the material is challenged. Prepare an introduction (and transitions, if needed) to the selection or selections; title(s) and author(s) of all selections must be identified. Select material from

sources other than plays or prose. Make the printed page “come alive” for his/her audience. Although the material should be well in mind, it shall not be memorized and shall be read from

the printed page with occasional eye contact. The student shall stand in place except for minor stance alterations. The student shall communicate an appreciation of the literature he/she is

reading. Students should develop original interpretation of their selections. Follow MSHSAA Guidelines.

 

Prose:

The student entering Prose Reading read prose from published and copyrighted literature. Prepare an introduction (and transitions, if needed) to the selection or selections; title(s) and

author(s) of all selections must be identified. Select material from sources other than plays, poetry, verse or novels written in verse, which includes less than 50% dialogue. Make the printed

page “come alive” for his/her audience. Although the material should be well in mind, it shall not be memorized and shall be read from the printed page with occasional eye contact. The

student shall stand in place except for minor stance alterations. The student shall communicate an appreciation of the literature he/she is reading. Students should develop an original

interpretation of their selections. Follow MSHSAA Guidelines.

 

Children’s Storytelling:  

The student entering storytelling shall perform a published and copyrighted story of his/her choice, originally for children. Use no costumes or properties of any type. Have the story well

enough in mind to share it adequately with the intended audience. Prepare an introduction to the selection, which may be given in a standing or seated position; title(s) and author(s) of all

selections must be identified. The contestant shall narrate the story: In a combination of his/her own words and original essential phrases. Using good speaking practices with an emphasis on

good conversational style and spontaneous bodily activity. From a seated position on a chair or stool with all legs of the chair/stool in contact with the floor, throughout the entire 

performance. The contestant must keep her/his derriere in contact with the seat of the chair or stool,throughout the entire performance, using the stationary chair or stool provided by the

tournament host/site. Students should develop an original interpretation of their selections.  Follow MSHSAA Guidelines.

 

Student Congress:  

Sessions will take place at the same time as speech events, with elimination sessions taking place during speech event semifinals and finals. Legislation will be published by the NSDA.There

will be a trial period for presiding officers during the first session the chamber meets should more than one student want to preside—the winner of the trial period by popular vote will

determine the presiding officer for the second session the chamber meets. Top student speakers will be ranked 1-8 by the judge in each round, with the rest of the chamber receiving a rank of

9. Student Congress will have two preliminary rounds and one supersession.



Manager contact information

Dr. M Shane Heard
Email address: shane.heard@sjsd.k12.mo.us
Phone number: 816.261.3358

Mailing address

412 E. Highland Ave.
Saint Joseph, MO 64505

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