Marshall U John Marshall High School

2021 — NSDA Campus, WV/US

Dear Colleagues:

 It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 49th Marshall University John Marshall Speech and Debate Tournament to be held from Wednesday, 10 February 2021, through Saturday, 13 February 2021. The full invitation is available at the invitation link.

 The tournament will consist of three components:

(1)  An asynchronous speech tournament for the following prepared speech events: Declamation, Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Original Oratory, Poetry Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, and Prose Interpretation. Competitors must make links to videos available by Tuesday, 9 February 2021, at 5:00 PM.

 Preliminary round judging of videos will occur at judges’ convenience between Wednesday (beginning at 8:00 AM), Thursday, and Friday (ending at 11:59 PM), 10-12 February 2021.

Final round judging of videos will occur on Saturday, 13 February 2021.

(2) A synchronous debate tournament that includes the following events: Lincoln Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, and SPAR Debate.

Preliminary round judging will occur on Friday, 12 February 2021.

Elimination round judging will occur on Saturday, 13 February 2021.

(3) synchronous speech tournament on Saturday, 13 February 2021, that includes both preliminary and final rounds of the following events: Broadcasting, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, and Pantomime.

The synchronous schedule is designed to allow students to enter Public Forum Debate AND Lincoln-Douglas Debate or SPAR Debate AND Extemporaneous Speaking AND Impromptu Speaking if they desire.

Platforms. We will use NSDA Campus and Tabroom and may use Zoom and/or Google Meet for limited purposes (e.g., extemp draw/judges lounge). 

Live Steaming. We expect to live-stream some final rounds of asynchronous events and synchronous events. Before doing so, we will verify with the coach that the competitor's parent or guardian (or the competitor if over age 18) has consented to their participation in the live stream. An authorization form is available to download on the Tabroom website.

If you have any questions, please contact me. We look forward to seeing you this winter!

 

Sincerely,

 

Clara Adkins

Director of Forensics

Marshall University

Email: adkins442@marshall.edu

Phone: +1 304.634.9605