2018 Burnett Middle School Winter Warm-Up
Dates: 12/8/2018


Dear Middle and/or Elementary School Teacher/Coach,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the ninth annual Burnett Middle School Speech Winter Warm-up on 
Saturday, December 8, 2018. This year we are offering 2 divisions- a middle school division for 6th-8th graders; an elementary division for 4th and 5th graders.

We are once again hosting the Winter Warm-up with two goals in mind: first, to introduce students to speech and debate competition; and second, to give a starting point for more advanced competition at later tournaments.

We will be offering short events (1-3 minutes each) that can be prepared quickly and easily. Students should use notecards. The following events will be offered: Pet Peeve/Young Activist, How-To, Campaign, Poetry/Prose Reading, and Modified Impromptu. Detailed rules for these events are available on the subsequent pages.


Student competitors are asked to dress casually in school clothes. No suits and/or ties please. Judges will be instructed that students were told not to dress up.

Burnett is located at 850 N. 2nd Street near the Highway 87, Taylor St. exit. Park in the Hedding Street Parking lot. Registration will be in the school cafeteria (which adjoins the parking lot) from 11:30 to 12:00 PM, followed by an opening assembly. Students may enter up to two events and will have three rounds in each event. The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4:30 and the tournament should be over before 5:00 PM.

There is a charge of $10 per student for tournament entry. Refreshments are complimentary for all students, teachers, and judges. Judges will be Coast Forensic League high school speech and debate students.

We are using Joy of Tournaments for registration and tabulation. Entries will be due 
by Monday, November 26, 2018.

Chaperone Regulations:

We expect a large number of students to attend our tournament; consequently, adult supervision is essential to ensure the safety of all participants. Schools must provide one adult chaperone for every ten participants. Their names and phone numbers must be provided at check in. Schools are also required to provide a letter identifying chaperones by name and authorizing them to supervise on behalf of the school. This letter must be a letterhead and signed by an administrator.


Each independent entry must have an adult chaperone on campus at all times. Please contact the tournament director for further information. 

Questions about the tournament should be directed to 
We are looking forward to seeing you on December 8th, as Burnett makes middle school speech and debate history once again in Silicon Valley!

Gay Brasher
Leland Speech and Debate

Christina Castro
Burnett Academy

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