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Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League

2020 State Championship Tournament


Dear MISL Colleague:


The Eastern Michigan University Forensic Team and the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League invite you and your team to attend the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League State Championship Tournament, taking place on Saturday, March 14th, at Eastern Michigan University.


The tournament will offer all sanctioned MISL individual events. Entry deadline is Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 by 5:00 pm.  All entries should be made through the tournament registration page at Speechwire.com.


The State tournament will be scored and scheduled in accordance with the MISL Bylaws for two-prelim round competitions. Tournament details and the most current MISL Bylaws are available at https://michiganspeech.wordpress.com.


We look forward to seeing you in March!




Ryan Rigda

Director of MISL Individual Events


Carole Bennett                                               

Executive Director of MISL


Patrick Seick

Director of Forensics

Eastern Michigan University







                            Tournament Schedule

2020 MISL State Championship


Saturday, March 14, 2020



8:30 am Registration Quirk Lobby


9:00 AM Extemp Prep


9:30 AM RD 1 Flight A (Extemp, DI, Informative, Poetry, Rhetorical Criticism, Duo)


10:30 AM Extemp Draw


11:00 AM RD 2 Flight A


12:00- 1:15 Lunch break


1:15 RD 1 Flight B (Impromptu, Persuasion, After-Dinner Speaking, POI, and Prose)


2:30 RD 2 Flight B


3:45 Extemp draw finals


4:00 Finals Flight A


5:15 Finals Flight B


ADS Top Two Perform @6:45


Awards 7:15 – 8 PM



Each school is limited to three (33) entries per event at the State Championship Tournament. An individual student may compete in no more than three (3) events per grouping. Entry deadline is Tuesday, March 10, 2020 by 5:00 pm. Please register your students at the MISL State Championships page on Speechwire.com.



Schools which enter at least 25 contestants shall be required to cover seventy-five percent (75%) of their entry with “clean” judges. One judge will cover six IE entries.  If your school needs to hire a clean judge at $20 per round in order to meet MISL bylaws, please e-mail Patrick Seick (pseick@emich.edu) as soon as possible.  We will put you in contact with some folks you can hire and pay directly if necessary.  



Prelims:           Finals:                                                            

1st place:          3 pts                12 pts                                                             

2nd place:         2 pts                10 pts                                     

3rd place:         1 pt                  8 pts                                       

4th place:         0                      7 pts                                       

5th place:         0                      5 pts

6th place:         0                      3 pts

7th place:         0                      2 pts


Awards will be presented to:

  1. The top six (6) speakers in each IE event.
  2. The top novice in each event
  3. The top community college competitor in each event.
  4. The top three (3) schools in sweepstakes.
  5. The community college finishing highest in sweepstakes.
  6. The top two contestants in oratory shall represent Michigan at that year’s Interstate Oratory Association’s Tournament.
  7. The top three contestants in quadrathon will receive awards.  To qualify a student must be entered in at least four events, one of each genre (oral interpretation, limited preparation, and public address).  If the student is entered in more than four events, only the top score in each genre and the student’s next top scoring event will be used in determining results. Tabulation of points will be identical to the tabulation of team sweepstakes, with preliminary points halved and added to final round total.  A quadrathon entry will count as a slot in calculation of fees, but it will not count as a slot in the calculation of the Director’s Trophy winner. If you would like a student to be entered in quadrathon, please email Ryan Rigda at rsrigda@svsu.edu so fees can be calculated appropriately on speechwire.
  8. The Director’s trophy for Quality will be awarded to the school with the highest overall slot quality, determined by dividing the school’s total sweepstakes points by the total number of slots that that school entered into the State Championship Tournament as of the close of registration.



$10.00 for each I.E. slot

$10.00 for each uncovered I.E. slot

$10.00 for each quadrathon entry *may be assessed at registration

$10.00 per drop prior to registration/$15.00 per dropped judge

$25.00 per drop at registration (slots and judges)










Directions: Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti, MI 48197


If you're on US-23, take exit 37A Washtenaw Avenue East. Continue on Washtenaw, and take a left onto Hewitt (there should be a Walgreen's on the corner).  You should pass the football stadium on your right.  Take a right onto Huron River Drive.  Stay on Huron River, it will take you past a McDonald's and the North Campus Lots and will take a right curve and turn into a one-way street. Stay in the right-hand lane, and take a right at the light onto Jarvis.  The Alexander Pay Lot will be on your left.  Quirk is the building on the left with the circle drive.


If you're on 1-94, take exit 183, Huron River Drive (There should be signs indicating it as the EMU exit).  Go north on Huron River Drive, and continue past Cross Street (Michigan Firehouse Museum) and past Forest Ave. Just after you pass Forest make the first left turn onto Jarvis. If you get to the gas station Kampus Korner than you have gone too far. Turn onto Jarvis and go through the light at Lowell St. to get onto campus. Your first left will be the Alexander Pay Lot. This is the best place to park and Quirk Hall and Pray Harold are the building right next to the Alexander Music Building. Quirk Hall is the building with the circle drive.




This year the university has made a significant shift in its parking policy. The university has privatized parking on campus. Thus, while in the past parking was open on the weekends, this year the only options for parking are in the designated pay lots. The closest is the Alexander Pay Lot located right next to the Alexander Music Building. The daily max rate is $12.00. Please also find the ParkEMU website where you will find more information https://www.parkemu.com/visitors/parking-rates/. If you have further questions or concerns please feel free to contact Timothy Ward.






Emergency Contact:


Timothy Ward








Possible Lodging Options


3.2 miles from campus: Ann Arbor Regent Hotel and Suites, 2455 Carpenter Rd. Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.973.6100.


3.3 miles from campus: Days Inn, 2380 Carpenter Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.971.0700.


3.4 miles from campus: Comfort Inn, 2455 Carpenter Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.973.6100.


8.9 miles from campus: American Best Value Inn Suites, 3505 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.665.3500.


8.9 miles from campus: Residence Inn, 800 Victors Way, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.996.5666.


9.1 miles from campus: Holiday Inn Express, 600 Hilton Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.761.2929.


9.1 miles from campus: Marriot Courtyard, 3205 Boardwalk Dr., Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.995.5900.


9.4 miles from campus: Motel 6, 3764 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.665.9900.


9.8 miles from campus: Red Roof Inn, 45501 N. I-94 Service Drive, Belleville, MI, 48111;



10.1 miles from campus: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 46194 N. I-94 Service Drive, Belleville, MI, 48111: 734.857.6200.


10.2 miles from campus: Hampton Inn, 46280 N. I-94 Service Drive, Belleville, MI, 48111; 734.669.2424

Food Options both on and off campus


Cross St.

Tower Inn Café

701 W Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197


Hours Fri 11am-2am

            Sat 11am-2am

            Sun 10am-2am


The Wurst Bar

701 W Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197


Hours Fri 11:30am-2am

            Sat 11:30am-2am

            Sun 12pm-12am


Got Burger!

301 W Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197


Hours Fri 10am-3am

            Sat 10am-3am

            Sun CLOSED




Carpenter Drive

Bob Evans

2411 Carpenter Rd,

Ann Arbor, MI 48108


Hours Fri 6:30am-9pm

            Sat 6:30am-9pm

            Sun 7am-9pm

Red Robin

3797 Carpenter Rd,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197


Hours Fri 11am-11pm

            Sat 11am-11pm

            Sun 11am-10pm


Applebee’s Grill & Bar

3819 Carpenter Rd,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197


Hours Fri 11am-1am

            Sat 11am-1am

            Sun 11am-12am



Red Rock Downtown Barbecue

207 W. Michigan Ave,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197


Hours  Fri 11am-11pm

            Sat 11am-11pm

            Sun 12pm-9pm


20 N. Washington St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197


Hours. Fri 7am-4pm

            Sat 7am-4pm

            Sun 9am-4pm

GO! Ice Cream

10 N. Washington St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197


Hours Fri   12pm-9pm

            Sat  12pm-9pm

            Sun 12pm-9pm

Bona Sera

200 W. Michigan Ave,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197


Hours Fri.  11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm

            Sat  10am-3pm, 5pm-10pm

            Sun 10am-3pm



Depot Town

Sidetrack Bar & Grill

56 E Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48198


Hours 11am-2am

Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill

39 E. Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48198


Hours 11am-2am

MAIZ Mexican Cantina

36 E. Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48198


Hours  Fri 11am-1am

            Sat 11am-12am

            Sun 12am-10am

Ollie Food & Spirits

42 E. Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48198


Hours Fri  11am-12am

            Sat  8am-12am

            Sun 8am-12am

Cultivate Coffee & Tap House

307 N. River St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198


Hours  Fri 8am-12am

            Sat  8am-12am

            Sun 9am-10pm


Student Union Food Court

Sona Latin Cantina


Hours Sat 11am-4pm

           Sun 3pm-9pm


Lobby Shop


Hours Sat 9am-9pm

          Sun 12pm-9pm




Hours Sat 9am-10pm

          Sun 12pm-10pm



Miscellaneous & Fun

Walgreens Pharmacy

2170 Washtenaw Ave,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197




2151 Washtenaw Ave,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197




3825 Carpenter Rd,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197




2010 Whittaker Rd,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197




2515 Ellsworth Rd,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum

100 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198



Michigan Firehouse Museum

110 W Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



The Rocket Gifts, Toys and Candy

122 W Michigan Ave,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



Brick & Mortar Modern General Store

21 E Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48198



Rave Cinemas Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX

4100 Carpenter Rd,

Ann Arbor, MI 48197



Manager contact information

Timothy Ward
Email address: tward12@emich.edu
Phone number: 850-556-3091

Mailing address

127 Quirk Hall
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197-2596

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