Wichita Southeast Forensics NIETOC Qualifier

2022 — Wichita, KS/US


Dear Coach,


       You and your students are cordially invited to the annual Wichita Southeast High School Invitational Forensics Tournament.  We are pleased that this year’s tournament will be a NIETOC Qualifying tournament for many events (more info inside), as well as our normal open and novice divisions of competition.  The Congressional Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate competition will be on Friday, February 4th; the NIETOC and individual events will be on Saturday, February 5th.  Please note the topics used for the debate events on Friday!

       We have struggled with recruiting and retention through the pandemic and the retirement of our programs 20 year coach. With only 12 enrolled students in the advanced class and the thresholds for school-provided judging are lower than we want them to be. Please do pay close attention to these requirements in the invite.

       Wichita Public Schools require masks to enter our facilities.  Our policies will not permit me or my assistants to enforce the mask mandate inside the facility, even if our building is requiring masking during school events. As with other performing arts events, competitors may remove their mask only during their performance.

        Each school may be represented by up to 20 entries in Saturday's individual events, 6 entries in Lincoln-Douglas debate, 6 entries in public forum debate, and unlimited entries in Student Congress.    Please have your final entries to me by Monday, January 31st.  

        Schools will be required to provide judges on Friday for every two debate entries.  I will attempt to have a pool recruited to help on Saturday, but may need help from schools if the situation requires.

       Tournament registration is on Tabroom.  If you have anyone who would like to judge you can also enter their information on your Tabroom registration, and they will be added to the pool.  On the next pages you will find our tournament regulations and general information.


We sincerely hope that your school will be represented at our tournament.



Mike Harris

Forensics Coach




Congressional Debate

• We will provide as many chambers as necessary to provide speaking opportunities for all students.  We will have one Senate and as many House chambers as needed to accommodate entries.  You may have 2 senators and unlimited representatives, although only 4 voting members in any house.  

• The entry fee is $5.00 per Congressperson.

• Scorers’ nominations will be used to nominate and medal 6 from each chamber.  We will also award a sweepstakes trophy, with the top four from each chamber 

counting toward sweepstakes.

• Legislation will be the Sunflower NSDA docket.  Any additions must be submitted via email to me. Submissions will be accepted no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, January 31st.  NO LATE LEGISLATION WILL BE ACCEPTED  The agenda will be set from pre-selected pieces of legislation. 

Schedule: Registration 3:00 - 3:30

Session I 4:00 – 5:00

Session II 5:00 – 6:00

Session III 6:00 – 7:00

Session IV 7:00 – 8:00

***Awards will immediately follow Session IV***

Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum Debate

• Rounds I and II will be pre-set.  Rounds III and IV will be direct power-matched.

• We will use the January/February NSDA resolution for Lincoln-Douglas debate.  

• We will use the February NSDA resolution for Public Forum Debate.

• The entry fee is $5.00 per debater.  ($10 for a Public Forum team) Medals will be awarded to the top six places.

• Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debaters may not participate in 

Student Congress.  (LD debaters may not enter Public Forum.)

• We reserve the right to collapse novice LD into open LD if there are too few entries.

•Schedule: Registration 3:00 - 3:30

Round I 4:00

Round II 5:00

Round III 6:00

Round IV 7:00

                        Awards will follow Round IV

Individual Events

o Competition will be held in open division in the following events:  International Extemporaneous Speaking, US Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Informative Speaking (7 min), Informative Speaking (10 min NIETOC rules), Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, Program of Oral Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Duet Acting, and Impromptu.  

o Novice Division will include the following events: Extemporaneous Speaking (students may choose from IX or USX envelope), 

Informative Speaking (7 min.), Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, and Poetry Interpretation.

o A novice is defined as a student in his/her first year of forensics competition.  A student may not be entered in novice division in one event and open division in another forensics event--be consistent—with the exception noted in the next item.

o We will have only an open division for oration, POI, Duo interp, NSDA informative and impromptu speaking.  (Novice may enter these events and still retain their novice status for other Saturday events.)

o Medals will be awarded to all six finalists in each event.  Sweepstakes will be awarded based on your best 16 entries.

o Entry fees are $6.00 per student per event.  (Duo = $12) Entry fees are $8 per student per event if you do not host a forensics/LD/Congress tournament.

o Nuisance fees are charged at host school’s discretion for late changes

o A student may enter only one extemp category.  A student may enter 3 events on Saturday, or 4 events on Saturday if the third event is impromptu. 

o Extemp topics will be derived from both current news sites, academic journals, and research from think tanks.


Schedule: Registration 7:30 - 8:00

Round I Extemp Draw 7:45

Round I         8:00 - 9:30

Round II Extemp Draw 9:15

Round II         9:30 - 11:00

Round III Extemp Draw 10:45

Round III 11:00 - 12:30

Lunch 12:30 - 1:30

Posting         1:15

Finals (Open) 1:30

Awards         ASAP