Summit Academy School Tournament

2019 — Bluffdale, UT/US

Summit Spectacle Middle School Tournament

Open to Grades 5,6,7, & 8


Dear Middle School Coaches and Speech & Debaters:


Please join us for the Summit Spectacle.  This tournament will provides an introduction to some fun events for students at the beginning of their debate and speech careers.  Pertinent details are listed below, but please feel free to contact me with any additional information.  Meals and snacks will be sold.  We hope to see you on Wednesday, April 24th 2019.  We will love to invite High School students to judge.


Events and Divisions

           We will offer 2 patterns. Students may enter one event in Pattern A (Debate) and up to three events in Pattern B (Speech) with the following exception: A student entering Extemporaneous may only enter one Pattern B event. To clarify, students may enter up to three events; consisting of one debate event and two speech events.  Exceptions:  A student entering Extemporaneous may only enter one event in the speech pattern; but may still enter one debate event.  All debate entrants are guaranteed 5 rounds of competition.  Additionally, we offer a division of Policy Debate.  Policy competitors may not enter any other event.  Policy is open to all 5-8th grade competitors.



The Summit Spectacle

will be offering the following events:

Pattern A (No Double Entry)

  • Policy Debate (CX) ­ 2 ­person team. Cases are prepared early & polished throughout the year. Students rotate speaking times & prepare both affirmative and negative cases.   "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States in one or more of the following areas: refugees, childhood arrivals, student visas, H-1B visas."

  • Lincoln Douglas ­ Single player. Cases are prepared each semester, as the topic:   "Resolved: A government should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over its national interests." Student prepares two cases: affirmative & negative.


Pattern B You may double or triple enter in the Individual Events.

  • Oratory Students deliver a self-written, ten-minute speech on a topic of their choosing. Limited in their ability to quote words directly, competitors craft an argument using evidence, logic, and emotional appeals. Topics range widely, and can be informative or persuasive in nature. The speech is delivered from memory.

  • Extemporaneous  (national & internationals topics). ­ Using knowledge of current events, students build a speech with 30 min. prep and 7 min to speak. Five topics are drawn & 1 chosen to speak about. Topics are persuasive or informative in nature.

  • Storytelling:   Students select a published story that meets a designated theme. Themes range widely and may include mysteries, heroism, or fairy tales. Students select a story that would be appropriate for young children and tell the story as if presenting to that audience. This event is five minutes. Students may use a chair. Manuscripts are not permitted.

  • Impromptu:  Impromptu is a public speaking event where students have seven minutes to select a topic, brainstorm their ideas, outline and deliver a speech. The speech is given without notes and uses an introduction, body, and conclusion. The speech can be light-hearted or serious.

Round 1:   A single WORD is the topic

Round 2:   The speaker is given a quotation

Round 3:   Is a current event question.


Awards and Recognition

Awards will be given to all students who advance to the final round of Speech events.   The top 6 teams/competitors in each debate division will receive awards.  There will be Individual Sweepstakes awards (The Summit Spectacle Award) given to the overall top 3 individual competitors.  We will also award Team Sweepstakes (The Summit Spectacle Cup) to the top three schools.


Visitors :   May watch a round but must stay the entire length of the round, enter the round before it begins, identify themselves to the judge in the room, and no devices may be used for photos, recording, texting, etc.  Visitors are only at the judge’s discretion.


Schedule of the Day:                                        

Wednesday, April 24

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm                       Registration and Judges’ Meeting

4:00 pm - 5:30                                 Panel A Round 1        CX & LD                           

4:00 pm - 5:30            Panel B Round 1        Speech Events

5:30 pm - 7:00            Panel A Round 2        CX & LD  

5:30 pm - 7:00                        Panel A Round 2        Speech Events     

7:00-7:30                          Dinner Break                       

7:30 pm - 9:00            Panel A Round 3        CX & LD

7:30 pm - 9:00            Panel A Round 3        Speech Events

9:00 pm (or earlier!)                Speech Awards



Registration:  The registration for this event will be through  All Entries, drops, and edits must be made before Tuesday April 23rd by 3:00 pm through  Registration is now open. Checks for $15.00 per school and  $4.00 per entry fees need to be mailed or brought to the tournament prior to the beginning of round one. Checks should be made out to Lone Peak High School and mailed to:

Summit High School

Tanya Roundy, Debra Wallace & Natalie Johnson

Summit Academy Jr. High School

14942 S 560 W, Bluffdale, UT 84065

Phone: (801) 495-3272 OR 801-664-0583