2017 Melissa High School Autumn Classic
Dates: 10/21/2017



Melissa High School Presents:


Dear Colleagues: 

The Melissa High School UIL & Debate Team cordially invites each of you to the Cardinal Autumn Classic Tournament on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Melissa High School in Melissa, Texas.

We will be offering the following Speech, Debate events: Policy Debate (novice and varsity), Lincoln-Douglas Debate (novice and varsity), Public-Forum Debate, Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Prose, Poetry, Oratory, Humorous, Dramatic, Duo, and Congressional Debate (formerly known as Student Congress).  For Congressional Debate we will be utilizing the UIL Legislation <2-3A, 4A, 5-6A>. Some of the Debate Events may take place at Melissa Middle School which is approximately 200yards from the High School and is connected by a side walk.

We will be using the UIL-LD Debate Topic.

Judging Requirements

In order for the tournament to run smoothly and on-time, all schools must meet the judging requirements or your students will not be allowed to participate.  Unfortunately, we have a small, limited judging pool from which to draw.  Judges should bring their own stopwatches and should plan to keep their own time.

Policy Debate – 1 judge for every two entries or portions thereof

Lincoln-Douglas, Public-Forum Debate – 1 judge for every four entries or portions thereof

Extemp, Interp, Duo – 1 judge for every five entries or portions thereof

Special Note:  Please pay special attention to the term portion thereof.  If you have one or two entries, you must provide one judge.  If you have three or four entries, you must provide two judges.  If you have five or six entries, you must provide three judges.  Judges may only fulfill an obligation for ONE debate event.  If you have one CX team and one LD debater, you must provide two judges:  one for CX and one for LD.

Additional note about extemp and interp:  Judging shortages may force us to section some students from the same school into the same preliminary section of the individual events in order to free the judge from that school for a section.  We will only do this if it becomes necessary.

Cross-entries:  Cross-enter at your own risk.  We have tried to schedule in such a way as to allow students to compete in several contests. However, we will begin rounds on time as much as possible – it will be the student's responsibility to make sure that he/she makes the rounds as they are scheduled.  Please keep this in mind when cross-entering students.  In extemp, a student will not be given extra prep time if s/he is late due to entry in another event.

Entry Fees:

CX Debate - $30.00
LD Debate - $15.00
PF Debate - $30.00
IE Events - $10.00
Uncovered Judge - $125.00 per 

Awards:  We will award the top six places in each event. 

Entry Deadline:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 11:59AM

Kyle Brenner
Melissa High School
972-837-4216 x 4543

Physical Address:  3150 Cardinal Drive, Melissa, Texas 75454


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