2019 — Huntington, WV/US



Marshall University

March 22-23, 2019


Dear WVSDA members and Associates:

     It’s time once again for the WVSDA State Tournament!  We hope to see all of you at Marshall University on March 22 and 23 to crown our state champions and to qualify our state’s representatives for the NCFL Grand National Tournament to be held in Milwaukee, WI, on May 25-26. 

Where: Marshall University,

When: Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2019

Time: See schedule below

Entries Due: Tuesday, March 19 on Tabroom.com

Please see Tabroom.com for information concerning drops and contacts.


The 2019 WVSDA State Tournament will feature four rounds of competition followed by a final round.  Speech events with 19 entries or more shall have Semi-Final Rounds in lieu of Round 4. Debate events with 16 or more entries will break to Quarter-Finals.

A Events

Impromptu, Prose, Informative Speaking, Humorous/Dramatic Interp (HI/DI), Broadcasting, Programmed Oral Interp, Public Forum Debate

B Events

Extemp, Poetry, Declamation, Original Oratory, Dramtic Duo, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Oral Interp


Students wishing to compete in Oral Interp (OI) at NCFL Nationals should enter the OI event in Section B.  OI contestants ARE NOT permitted to individually enter Prose and/or Poetry as well. 

Debaters may enter one speech event in their section of debate, except that PF students must not enter Broadcasting and LD students must not enter Extemp due to time constraints

Students in PF & Extemp may not enter another Section A event.

Students in LD & Broadcasting may not enter another Section B event.



Impromptu Topics

Round 1 = Ordinary Things

Round 2 = People/Characters

Round 3 = Quotations  

Final Round = Everyone will speak on the same topic, which will be one of the above


Broadcasting Rounds

Round 1 = Radio news (15 minutes preparation time)

Round 2 = TV news (15 minutes of preparation time)

Round 3 = Prepared TV news (No preparation time)

Final Round = Edited Radio news (30 minutes of preparation time)


Debate Topics

Public Forum Debate – Resolved: The United States should promote the development of market rate housing in urban neighborhoods.


Lincoln-Douglas Debate – Resolved: The illegal use of drugs ought to be treated as a matter of public health, not of criminal justice.




We are looking forward to a great end to our WVSDA season!  See you at Marshall! 



Lori Zyla, Parkersburg High coach     ldzyla@gmail.com