2017 Myers Park Laird Lewis Invitational
Dates: 9/15/2017 - 9/16/2017



July 1, 2017                               

Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the Myers Park Speech and Debate team, I would like to invite you to participate in the 44th Annual Laird Lewis Invitational at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 15-16, 2017.  We are looking to make this year's Laird Lewis better than ever. 
As a result of  previous year's issues with weather we have decided to move the date of our event to September and hope that you choose to join us for the start of a terrific speech and debate season. 

Events at this year’s tournament will be:  Varsity and JV Lincoln-Douglas, Varsity and JV  Public Forum Debate, Open Congressional Debate, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo-Interpretation, Programmed Oral Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Informative Speaking and Declamation. Students may quadruple-enter between most speech events.  During elimination rounds, we will be offering Impromptu Duet Acting and Team Impromptu Debate as a supplemental events for students who do not break.  Please see the EVENT INFORMATION tab above for details.

We are pleased to be able to continue to offer Tournament of Champions bids to Octafinalists in Public Forum Debate and Finalist competitors in Congressional Debate.  We are happy to announce that for 2017 we have also been awarded a bid to the Finalists of Lincoln-Douglas Debate!  We also were named a bid tournament to the 2017 National Individual Events Tournament of Champions tournament and the 2017 Extemporaneous Tournament of Champions!  
Since we are running our tournament so early in the season, we will not know who the best Public Forum teams in the nation are yet.  Therefore, we will not run the National PF Challenge at this time.  We hope to offer that competition later in the year.  Look for announcements around mid November concerning the scheduling of the Challenge and its location.

As I close, I would like to thank you for considerating this invitation to attend the Laird Lewis Invitational on September 15-16, 2017.  We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to tournament attendance and we are glad you have considered selecting  the Laird Lewis Invitational.  If at any time you have questions regarding this tournament or if there is anything we can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact me (robert.wieckowski@cms.k12.nc.us) at your earliest convenience.

Bob Wieckowski
Bob Wieckowski, Head Coach, Tournament Director                            
Jesse Covault, Assistant Coach
Katie Dunn, Assistant Coach
Katie Valder, Assistant Coach
Andrew West, Assistant Coach




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