It is our pleasure to invite you to the Twenty-Second Annual Saints Classic Speech and Debate Tournament, to be held on our North Campus on October 19 and 20, 2018. Since 2010, over three dozen schools representing seven states have been on our campus at least once. We would love to have you join us for a weekend of high-caliber 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 – As was the case in 2017 and due to having been granted Top Six bid status for the Kentucky Tournament of Champions, we will not be having separate House and Senate divisions as was done until 2016.
In 2010, we were awarded the honor of being named 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:
· Computer set sides for all rounds of Public Forum Debate, with Pro always speaking first.
· 7 minutes of prep time for Policy Debate.
· Congress competition with preliminary sessions on Friday and a supersession Saturday morning. We will be moving our “scenario” to the Supersession this year.
· 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 2017 award being presented to Tanner McGee of Oak Grove 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.
While we have added a significant amount of building space on our campus since the first Saints Classic in 1997, we still have some genuine limitations in terms of the number of competition spaces that we can access. Once those spaces are filled, we will need to close the tournament. To that end, we also have some initial entry limitations that we ask you to take note of as you prepare your entry for competition.
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 601-566-9893
Ruthie Taylor: email email@example.com, Cell 601-918-8582