Wilson Invitational


Dear Coaches,


We are excited to invite you to the Wilson Invitational Tournament, held this year on October 12, 2019.


We will offer open and novice division in all events where numbers allow, but we reserve the right to collapse events (except for LD, due to the novice topic) where entries are low. We will track and acknowledge top novices in collapsed events.


Students may sign up for a total of two individual events and one debate (CX, Parli, LD, or Public Forum). CX entrants may only enter ONE Pattern A event and do so at their own risk. Extemp pairings will NOT be altered to accommodate CX debaters.


We will follow state rules and we will use the latest version of the state ballots which can be found on the OSAA website. 


Pattern A:      ADS, DI, Duo, Informative, Extemp, HI, Impromptu, Oratory, Poetry, Prose, POI, Radio

Pattern B:      Public Forum, LD, Parli, CX. No double entry is permitted in Debate                                                events.


Extemp draw occurs during Pattern A. Students will not receive additional prep if competing in another Pattern A event, nor may they change speaking order.



We will use the September/October topic for LD:

Resolved: In the United States, colleges and universities ought not consider standardized tests in undergraduate admissions decisions.

We will use the novice LD topic in novice division:

Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified.

We will use the September/October topic for Public Forum:

Resolved: The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative.

CX will use the current year’s topic:

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

Parli debate will be a mix of policy, value and philosophical topics.


Registration and added entries are due by Tuesday, October 8 at 8:00 pm. No new schools will be accepted after that date. Drops and judge entries can be made until 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 10. Fees will be set after that. The system might change to drops only if we reach room capacity early.


We will be using www.tabroom.com for entries. Please get your registration in early.


Payment: We prefer payment to be made the day of the tournament. If a school is unpaid for last year’s tournament at the time of registration, we will contact for full payment of last year before accepting this year’s registration.




è We will give awards to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place speakers in each individual event. We will recognize top novices in collapsed events based on cumulative scores from prelim rounds and/or performance in finals.



$30.00 per school registration fee

$10.00 per individual event (this includes Duo)

$12.00 per debate entry (including LD)




è One judge covers 7 individual event entries or 4 debate teams (including LD). Each uncovered entry will be charged $10.00. Please bring judges as we want to have a smooth tournament and we would rather have the judges than the money.

è Judges who are only willing to judge IE’s or debate will count as a half of a judge since they will not be judging every other round.

è We expect judges you enter to be available the entire day or until excused.  Please indicate if you know a judge is only available part day; this may result in pro-rating their coverage of entries.

è Please also indicate who is “in charge” of your team if your head coach will not be present.  Each school must have one experienced judge or head coach present the entire tournament.

è If your judges do not pick up their ballots, we reserve the right to bill your team.

è We use teachers, parents and community members to judge (especially in Parli debate and Public Forum). Please advise your students that they will need to adapt.

è If you don’t know who your judges are at registration, go ahead and name them judge 1, judge 2, judge 3 etc.




From the South: Take I-5 to the Terwilliger Blvd. Exit 297. Turn left onto Terwilliger, then left on Barbur and right on Bertha Blvd (traffic light at Fred Meyer). Come up the hill and take a right at the light on Vermont; Wilson is at the top of the hill.

For St. Barnabas Church, turn left on Vermont and come midway up the hill.  The church is on the right.

From the North: Take I-5 to the Terwilliger Blvd Exit 297. At the top of the off-ramp, follow the signs for Bertha Blvd and come straight across Barbur at the light (at Fred Meyer) onto Bertha. Then follow the same directions above from there.

From the West: From Hwy 217, take OR-10, Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, toward Portland. When the road splits, go rightward (“slight right,” as they say on Google Maps) onto Bertha Blvd. Turn left at the light onto Vermont.  Wilson is at the top of the hill. For St. Barnabas Church, turn right on Vermont and the church is midway up the hill on the right.




We will have a concession stand open most of the day with drinks and snacks. There is an actual Portland FOOD POD at the northwest edge of campus with a number of tasty food trucks providing lunch items, and the Hillsdale business district offers a variety of options including a Subway, Starbucks, and local dining options covering a variety of cuisines at reasonable prices. We will provide food for the coaches and judges.


Feel free to call with any questions, including lodging suggestions for schools who will need to stay overnight. We look forward to seeing you there!


Jennifer Felberg, coach

206-696-2785 cell




Aaron Marineau, assistant coach/debate coordinator

541-404-0034 cell




Wilson High School

1151 SW Vermont

Portland OR 97219


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7:00    Registration opens

7:40    Judge Orientation and Training, room 207 (Judge Lounge)

8:00    Round 1 A (ADS, DI, Duo, Expos, Extemp, HI, Impromptu, Oratory, Poetry, Prose, POI, Radio)

9:30    Round 1 B (Public Forum, LD, Parli, CX)

11:00  Round 2 A

1:00    Round 2 B

2:30    Round 3 A

4:00    Round 3 B

5:30    Finals A

6:30    Finals B

8:15    Awards, Auditorium


Registration and Tab:          Room 213

Judges and Coaches:         Room 207

Student Lounge Area:         Cafeteria, ground floor