KESDA Junior

2020 — Lexington, KY/US


Dear Coach,


You are cordially invited to participate in the 31st Annual KESDA Junior State Tournament, March 5-7. 2020.  The Tournament will be held at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington.


KESDA provides middle school students a competitive arena where they can apply the effective communication skills that they learn in the classroom and in your coaching sessions.  You’ve worked hard all year, and the KESDA Junior Tournament is the ideal place for your entire team to share their best work with judges and competitors from across the state.


 Students love this tournament both for its sheer competitiveness and for the unique social opportunities. Highlights include a dance on Friday night (open to all competitors), the popular Group Interp event, and an awards banquet on Saturday evening.  The students also love the hotel’s pool and recreational area, which includes a basketball court and video games.


 At KESDA, there are no prequalification requirements; your entire team may compete.  With the exception of Group Interp, entries are unlimited.  A student may enter a maximum of 4 events.


 To keep the fun coming, we will again offer the popular improv event, “The Ad Game.”  Last year it added an entirely new element of camaraderie to Kentucky forensics!


Individual awards will be presented for 1st-6th place in each event and in Trithon.  In addition to recognizing the top, non-advancing novice in each event, we will be offering at least one final round for non-advancing novices.  There are several opportunities for teams to take home hardware.  First-sixth will be recognized for team sweepstakes.  Up to three awards will be given for the “Greynolds Sweepstakes,” open to schools with twenty or fewer entries, and we award a travelling trophy based on team efficiency.


 If you have questions, please feel free to contact us, as we're very happy to assist you!  We look forward to seeing you March 5-7 in Lexington at the 2020 KESDA Junior State Tournament.





Dr. Edward B. Smith & Betsy B. Smith



Executive Directors, KESDA


Georgetown College, 400 East College Street


Georgetown, KY 40324