Lawrence High Forensics Invitational

2024 — Lawrence, KS/US


The Lawrence High School forensics squad would like to invite you to our tournament to be held on February 1st and 2nd.

Friday’s events will Be: Novice Ext. (combined, with the ability to choose topics from DX or FX envelope), Novice Interp (HI, DI, Duo combined), Novice Info, Novice OO, Novice Prose & Poetry, Congressional Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate. In Congressional Debate, we will use the East Kansas legislation packet #1. The L-D topic will be the January-February topic as published on the NSDA website; the PFD topic will be the February topic as published on the NSDA website.

Saturday events will include Informative Speaking (7 min. & 10 min.), Original Oratory, Domestic Extemp, Foreign Extemp, Dramatic Interp, Humorous Interp, Duo Interp, Duet Acting, Prose, Poetry, Program of Oral Interpretation, Improvised Duet Acting, and Impromptu. We hope to START finals at 1:45 (extemp draw @ 1:30 if possible) so please plan accordingly. We reserve the right to make round 3 the final round in events with 8 or fewer entries. We will have a concession stand available, and we will take pizza orders. Please consider eating with us to support our squad – we use this as a fundraiser.

Impromptu will NOT be pre-scheduled. Speakers will draw, prep, and speak in the allotted 10 minutes. Students may choose to step outside the room while prepping, but speech time begins exactly 5 minutes after draw. Draw categories will be reflective of the KSHSAA manual.

Medals will be awarded to the top six in each event. Sweepstakes will be cumulative through preliminary rounds in all interp and speech events on Saturday (6 points for a 1 rank, 5 for a 2, etc.) Novice events and debate events will not count toward sweepstakes. Sweepstakes will include your 16 best entries.

We will follow KSHSAA rules in general, and NSDA rules where KSHSAA is not applicable. Judges are instructed not to penalize students in HI, DI, and Duo/Duet who conform to KSHSAA rules in other classifications. Entry fees are $4 per student entry based upon the entry we confirm on Jan. 29th. Schools will initially be limited to a total of 25 entries with no more than four in an event. Extra entries will be allowed only as space permits, with precedence going to East Kansas schools. Please notify us of any changes ASAP to assure a well-scheduled tournament.

If school is canceled on Friday, the tournament is canceled.

You may email me at if you have questions.