The Mount Vernon Invitational w NIETOC TOC BIDS

2023 — Mount Vernon, WA/US

The MV Invitational

Mount Vernon High School

1075 E Fulton Street

Mount Vernon, WA 98274


Coach Kelley Kirkpatrick



The Mount Vernon High School Debate Team cordially invites you to attend the MV Invitational on January 13th and 14th, 2023.  We are pleased to offer Congressional Debate, Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Lincoln Douglas Debate.  Additionally, we will be offering the following speech events: Original Oratory, Informative, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Program of Oral Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Spoken Word Poetry, Editorial Commentary, and SPAR!

This is a State Qualifying Tournament for District One schools!

This is a NIETOC Bid Tournament for

ALL main speech events!

This is a Tournament of Champions (TOC) Bid Tournament for  Speech, Congress, PF, Policy, and LD!

All registration will be on, beginning on November 1, 2022 and ending January 9, 2023.


Open and Novice divisions will be offered; if fewer than 6 entries in a division are received, we will collapse.

Congressional Debate: We will offer two 2-hour sessions on Friday evening and Super Congress on Saturday. All sessions will conflict with CX, LD, and PF. We will use the WSFA Spring Legislation Packet.

Policy Debate: We will offer Novice and Open division and use the 2022-2023 NSDA Policy Topic.  WSFA Novice case areas will not be mandatory.  Rounds will follow the 8-3-5 format with 6 minutes of prep time per team.  If less than 6 teams are entered in either division, we will collapse.

Lincoln Douglas: We will offer Novice and Open divisions and use the NSDA January/February LD Topic.  Rounds will follow the 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 format and have 4 minutes of prep time per competitor.  If less than 6 teams enter either division, we will collapse.

Public Forum: We will offer Novice and Open divisions and use the NSDA January PF Topic.  Rounds will follow standard PF time format with 3 minutes of prep time per team. If less than 6 teams enter either division, we will collapse.


Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Interpretive Reading, Duo Interpretation, Original Oratory, Expository, Impromptu, and Extemporaneous Speaking will follow all WSFA rules. Please contact the tournament if you need these rules in advance.

In addition, we will offer the following extra events:

SPAR: Format will be 2 minute constructive speeches, follow minutes of cross examination, followed by 2 minute rebuttals.  Topics will be a variety of abstract ideas, current events, and pop culture questions.  Top 2 SPAR Finalists will be asked to SPAR before awards assembly.

SPOKEN WORD POETRY: Original work performed by the author; not to exceed 5 minutes. Material may be presented from memory or from script.

EDITORIAL COMMENTARY:  Contestants must write and deliver a speech between 1:45 and 2:00 minutes on a current event subject.  Competitor will sit and read presentation, like a news commentary.


(The schedule may be updated closer to the event.)


Our team goal is to provide exceptionally qualified judging for this tournament.  If you know of a judge who would be good to hire, please contact the tournament director.

Please meet the following judging requirements to avoid students being dropped at registration:

1 judge for every 2 Policy/LD entries

1 judge for every 3 Public Forum entries

1 judge for every 5 Individual Event entries

Open competitors may judge Novice division in all events. Student judges will not cover open entry obligations.


The MVHS Debate Team Boosters will offer a full concession stand both days of the tournament.  

For coaches and judges, we will have light snacks and dinner available on Friday. On Saturday, we will provide light snacks, lunch, and dinner.


Awards will be given for the top three in each division; if an event is collapsed, we will recognize the top novice speaker. 

Top Speaker Awards will be given to the best debater in each division.

Additionally, each year our team recognizes a member of the debate community that excels in ways that may not be rewarded on debate ballots with our Bulldog Award.  To nominate a student, coach, or judge, please write a letter that includes specific examples of your nominee’s impact on the debate community and send it to by Monday, January 10th, 2023.  



School Fee $50

Lincoln-Douglas and Congress Entries $15

Policy and Public Forum Entries $20

Individual Events $10

Please provide a check, cash, or Purchase Order at registration.



Ample parking is available both days of the tournament in the north lot, near the cafeteria. 


Please contact Coach Kelley Kirkpatrick at