2020 Horace Mann Elementary Speech Tournament
Dates: 2/1/2020

Registration has CLOSED. For any inquires about adds/changes/drops, email both Peter and Yangyang (pete.h.chong@gmail.com and yangyangxxlai@gmail.com).

Dear Teacher / Coach,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the second annual Horace Mann Elementary School Speech Tournament on Saturday, February 1, 2020! We are continuing a tradition of offering elementary speech competition on the first Saturday of February for years to come. The tournament will be held at the beautiful Horace Mann Elementary campus, 55 North 7th Street, San Jose, California 95112. Parking is available behind the school, accessible from North 6th Street. There is also street parking along North 6th and 7th streets. This tournament is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. In addition to Elementary School Congress, we will also be hosting a Novice Middle School Congress for 6th–8th graders who have not participated in a high school tournament. 

We are hosting this elementary tournament with three goals in mind: first, to introduce students to speech and debate competition; second, to give a starting point for more advanced competition at later tournaments; and third, to expose students to different styles of events. 

We will be offering events that can be prepared before the tournament as well as spontaneous events that can be prepared quickly and easily at the tournament. The following events will be offered: Cold Reading, Campaign, Young Activist, How-To, Poetry Prose Reading and Student Congress. 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 told that students were instructed to avoid dressing up.

There is a charge of $20 per elementary school student and $25 per middle school student for tournament entry. Checks should be made payable to Horace Mann Elementary. Drops made at the tournament will not be refunded. No-shows will also still be required to pay their outstanding balance. Refreshments and a pizza lunch are complimentary for all students. Judges will be Coast Forensic League high school speech and debate students. Presiding officers for Student Congress will be Coast Forensic League congressional debate competitors and varsity middle school competitors.

We are using Joy of Tournaments for registration and tabulation. Entries are due by Tuesday, January 28th, 2020. Fees apply to any drops made after Wednesday, January 29.

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. Chaperone 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 on a letterhead and signed by an administrator.

Each independent entry must have an adult chaperone on campus at all times. Please contact Peter Chong and Yangyang Lai, the tournament directors (pete.h.chong@gmail.com; yangyangxxlai@gmail.com), if you have any other questions about registration.

Questions about the tournament should be directed to gbrasher@sjusd.org.

We are looking forward to seeing you in February as Horace Mann makes history in Silicon Valley!

Claudia Corpus Gay Brasher Leanne Bellmer and Lidia Cisneros Horace Mann Elementary Principal Leland Speech and Debate Director Horace Mann 5th grade IB Teachers


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