On behalf of the Speech and Debate Team at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, we would like to invite you to our North Campus to compete in the Twenty-First edition of the Saints Classic Speech and Debate Tournament, to be held on October 27 and 28. Schools from seven different states have joined us since 2010 and we would love to have you join us for a weekend of competition.
We will be offering competition in the following events – all are open divisions unless otherwise noted:
· Debate – Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate (Varsity and Novice), and Public Forum Debate.
· Individual Events Flight A – Dramatic Interpretation, Duet Acting, Impromptu Speaking, Original Oratory, Program Oral Interpretation, Prose Interpretation (Varsity and Novice)
· Individual Events Flight B – Declamation (open to 9th/10th grades only), Duo Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking (Varsity and Novice), Humorous Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Poetry Interpretation (Varsity and Novice)
· Student Congress – Please note: This year we will NOT be holding separate House and Senate competition as we have done in years past, due to receiving Top Six bid status for the Kentucky Tournament of Champions.
In 2010, we were awarded the honor of being a bid school for the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC). Since then, we have attained qualifying status for the University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions in Public Forum Debate (2014), Speech (2015) and most recently, Student Congress (2017). Additionally, for our friends who are members of the Mississippi High School Activities Association, we are a qualifier for the MHSAA State Championship as well.
The Saints Classic also offers a number of unique features that we believe augment the educational value of our activity and we hope will pique your interest in our tournament. These include:
· Locked sides in Rounds 1-4 of Public Forum Debate, with Pro speaking first in all Public Forum rounds, as per NCFL rules.
· Added preparation time for policy debate.
· Congress competition on Friday night, with a scenario in the second preliminary session.
· Novice awards in DI, HI, and Public Forum Debate.
· Official allowance for judge disclosure and critique in debate events.
In 2013, with a heavy heart but in recognition of her vibrant spirit, we introduced the Perry Tyner Tate Memorial Award. Perry competed for Clinton High School during her sophomore and junior years before transferring to St. Andrew’s for her senior year, graduating in 2007. Perry passed away on January 2, 2013 to an illness known as Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). This award is given to honor a student who exemplifies the qualities Perry had as a competitor and student, with the 2016 award being presented to Jade Lewis of Northwest Rankin High School. The form to nominate a deserving student can be found elsewhere in the invitation materials and we encourage coaches to do this.
In addition to our traditional judge lounge spread, we plan to provide a complimentary pasta dinner for students on Friday night. We also plan to host our coaches’ dinner on Friday night in order to provide those who dedicate so much time and energy to this activity an opportunity to relax and share some social time. We will make every effort to ensure that coaches are not judging during the time of the dinner.
We recently opened our new Athletic and Recreation Center, so we currently have no construction on campus that will impede your navigating our campus. However, we will not have access to that building for the tournament as it likely will be hosting some part of the MHSAA State Volleyball finals, so even with the McRae Science Building, we have some very real limitations on our competition spaces. When all our rooms are accounted for, we will have to close entry to the tournament, so please keep that in mind as you prepare your entry.
Should you have any questions not answered in the invitation, please feel free to contact us at our email or phone. We hope you will join us in central Mississippi in October.
Darin M. Maier, Jharick Shields, and Ruthie Taylor.
Coaching Staff, St. Andrew’s Speech and Debate Team
Darin Maier: email email@example.com, Office 601-853-6018, Cell 601-862-3373
Jharick Shields: email firstname.lastname@example.org, Cell 601-454-8876
Ruthie Taylor: email email@example.com, Cell 601-918-8582