The Ridge Middle School Speech Debate Festival

2016 — NJ/US

The Ridge Speech & Debate Team

The New Jersey State Championship Team

Ridge High School

268 South Finley Avenue

Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920


To:       Speech/Drama/Forensic Coaches & Principals


The Ridge High School Speech and Debate Team is proud to announce our inaugural Speech Festival for Middle School students to be held on Friday, May 20th, in Basking Ridge.   We plan to offer a very educational and rewarding event for all middle school students.


Pending entry numbers, we will offer three rounds (2 preliminary and one final) of competition in a variety of speech events, including both prepared and limited-prepared.


  • Prose Reading
  • Poetry Reading
  • Oratory (Public Speaking)
  • Declamation
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Improvisational Acting
  • Public Forum Debate (using the 2016 NSDA Nationals Topic – to be released on May 1st.)









Tournament Highlights:


  • Awards to the top six students in each event!
  • Certificates for all participating students!
  • All judges will be members of the New Jersey State Champion Ridge Forensics Team, including several state champions and finalists! 
  • Students may enter in one or two events.  Public Forum debaters may not double- enter.
  • Student, coaches, and parents will have an opportunity to see several of our state champion performances during the dinner break!






Registration/Tournament Information:

  • $10 per student. $20 per debate team.  Pizza/Drinks and other concessions will be available for purchase.
  • Registration will begin at 3:00pm with opening announcements at 4:00pm.
  • We hope to have awards completed by 8:00pm.  





We hope to see you and your students in April.  If you have any questions, please send them to Danielle Presuto @ DPresuto@Bernardsboecom for more information.