2019 E. L. Meyers MLK Tournament
Dates: 3/30/2019

TWENTIETH ANNUAL

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING OPEN

SPEECH & DEBATE TOURNAMENT

SPONSORED BY THE HIRTHLER FAMILY

 

March 30, 2019

 

 

EVENTS

 

 

Policy Debate:  

Two person teams shall be prepared to debate both sides of the national topic: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States. Double entry is not permitted. The preliminary rounds of the event will be held at the Dr. David Kistler Elementary School and elimination rounds will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School.

 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate:

One person teams shall be prepared to debate both sides of the national March-April 2019 Lincoln-Douglas topic. Double entry is not permitted. The preliminary rounds of the event will be held at the Dr. David Kistler Elementary School and elimination rounds will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School.

 

Public Forum Debate:

Two person teams shall be prepared to debate both sides of the April 2019 public forum debate topic.  Double entry is not permitted.  The preliminary rounds of the event will be held at the Dr. David Kistler Elementary School and elimination rounds will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School.

 

Parliamentary Debate:

Three person teams shall be prepared to debate both sides of the following resolution: Resolved: This House believes that no one ever lost a buck underestimating the intelligence of the American public. This event will follow the Pennsylvania High School Speech League rules for Parliamentary Debate. Double entry is not permitted. The preliminary rounds will be held at Dr. David Kistler Elementary School and elimination rounds will be held at E.L. Meyers High School. To the extent that registrations warrant, any impromptu rounds will use the PHSSL recommended impromptu topics.    

 

 

Congress: 

Bills may be submitted for use at the Tournament. Registrants will receive a packet of bills to be considered at the Tournament. Any bills which you wish to be considered at the Tournament must be received by Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  No bills submitted thereafter will be considered for the Tournament’s agenda. If you had submitted a bill for the January 19, 2019 original tournament date, those bills will be included in the packet, unless you ask us to withdraw or modify it. No bills submitted thereafter will be considered for the Tournament’s agenda. Bills may be sent by mail to Borland & Borland, 11th Floor, 69 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18701; by e-mail to kborland@borlandandborland.com; or, by fax at 570-822-9894.  Double entry is not permitted.   All rounds of the event will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School.

 

Crisis Management:

Contestants will act in the role of press officers and be presented with factual scenarios to which they need to respond on behalf of their employer/client.  The scenarios for the day will be distributed to the competitors the morning of the tournament. Each competitor will be given a maximum of four minutes to present his or her statement. At the conclusion of the four minutes, the contestant will be questioned for three minutes by a person acting in the role of a reporter, who will not have seen the written scenario and is questioning based solely on the competitor’s statement.  The competitor will be judged by a judge who has seen the written scenario based upon honesty and how well the competitor served the interests of his or her employer/client.   Double entry is permitted.   All rounds of the event will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School. Visit the team’s website at www.meyersspeechandebate.com to see examples of crisis management scenarios from past tournaments.

 

Declamation:

Contestants will present an interpretation of a speech not of their own creation.  This event is open to students in the seventh through tenth grades.  Use of manuscript is not permitted.  Time Limit: 10 minutes.  Double entry is permitted. Competitors may not use the same speech for both Dr. Martin Luther King declamation and declamation.  All rounds of the event will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Declamation:

Contestants will present an interpretation of a speech or sermon delivered concerning the cause of social justice and civil rights.  This event is open to all students.  Use of a manuscript is permitted.  Time Limit:  10 minutes.  Double entry is permitted. Competitors may not use the same speech for both Dr. Martin Luther King declamation and declamation.  All rounds of the event will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Extemporaneous Commentary:

Contestants will choose from three topics each round and will deliver commentary from a seated position.  The topics will relate to the legacy of Dr. King; current issues or concerns which relate to Dr. King’s work or beliefs; and, the heirs to his mantle.  A staggered draw will begin one half hour prior to competition.  Time Limit: 7 minutes.  Double entry is permitted with any event except any debate event or extemporaneous speaking.  All rounds of the event will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School.  Visit the team’s website at www.meyersspeechandebate.com to see examples of commentary topics from past tournaments.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Original Oratory:

Contestants will deliver a speech of his or her own creation concerning Dr. King, his legacy, or an issue or concern which relates to his work or beliefs.  The use of notes or manuscripts is permitted.  Contestants must have a full manuscript of the speech available. Time Limit: 10 minutes.  Double entry is permitted.  Competitors may not use the same speech for both Dr. Martin Luther King original oratory and original oratory.  All rounds of the event will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Original Poetry:

Contestants will deliver a reading of poetry of his or her own creation related to or inspired by the life or legacy of Dr. King, or issues or concerns with which he has been identified.  Use of manuscript is mandatory.  Time Limit: 10 minutes.  Double entry is permitted. Double entry is permitted.   All rounds of the event will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School.

 

Dramatic Duo Interpretation:

Contestants must use a single selection from a dramatic work, which may be serious, humorous, or both. Time Limit:  10 minutes.  Double entry is permitted.  All rounds of the event will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School.

 

Dramatic Performance:

Contestants will present an interpretation of material of literary value from a single published script of a fictional or non-fictional work, but not poetry.  Use of a manuscript is not permitted.  Time Limit: 10 minutes Double entry is permitted.  All rounds of the event will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School.

 

Extemporaneous Speaking:

Contestants will choose from three topic questions each round.  A staggered draw will begin one half-hour prior to competition.  Time Limit: 7 minutes.  Double entry is permitted with any event except any debate event or Dr. Martin Luther King commentary.  All rounds of the event will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School.

 

Oral Interpretation of Prose and Poetry:

Contestants will deliver an interpretive reading of material of literary value from a prose work and from poetry, in alternating rounds.  Selections from plays and other dramatic works are not permissible.  Time Limit:  10 minutes.  Double entry is permitted.   All rounds of the event will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School.

 

Original Oratory:

Contestants will deliver a speech of his or her own creation.  The use of notes or manuscripts is not permitted.  Contestants must have a full manuscript of the speech available.  Time Limit: 10 minutes.  Double entry is permitted.  Competitors may not use the same speech for both Dr. Martin Luther King original oratory and original oratory.  All rounds of the event will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School.

 

 

Program Oral Interpretation:

Contestants will deliver a program of oral interpretation of thematically-linked selections chosen from two or three genres:  prose, poetry, drama (plays).  The use of a manuscript is required.  Time Limit:  10 minutes.  Double entry is permitted.   All rounds of the event will be held at the E. L. Meyers High School.

 

Rules:

The rules of the National Catholic Forensic League shall apply, except for public forum debate, program oral interpretation and policy debate, for which the rules of the National Speech and Debate Association shall apply; parliamentary debate, for which the rules of the PHSSL will apply; and, except for the special Dr. King events and crisis management. 

 

Tabulation rules for all speech events will be as follows:

 

For events breaking to semi-final rounds the total ranks in FINAL ROUND only will be used. Tie breakers will be judges’ preference, then reciprocals.

 

For events not breaking to semi-final rounds cumulative ranks from the three preliminary rounds and the final round, if any, will be used to determine the winner. Tie breakers will be judges’ preference (if there is a final round), then reciprocals, then number of 1s.

 

 

Novice Definition: 

 

A novice is any student in the seventh through tenth grade or any student in his or her first year of forensic competition.  

 

Registration Deadline: March 27, 2019

 

Fees:
Parliamentary Debate, Policy Debate

& Public Forum Debate $20.00 per team

Student Congress  $10.00 per entrant
Individual Events
(including Lincoln-Douglas & Duo) $10.00 per slot

Checks should be drawn to the order of "Meyers Speech & Debate"

Special MLK Discount:

 

Registration Fees for students entered in the special MLK events will be discounted by 50%. This includes MLK Original Poetry, MLK Original Oratory, MLK Commentary, and MLK Declamation. Drop fees will not be subject to the discount.  

Drop Fees: By March 27, 2019 No Charge

By March 28-29, 2019 $ 5.00

On March 30, 2019 $10.00

Drop fees are in addition to the registration fee for that student. 

 

 

Judging Information:

 

Policy Debate: one judge per two teams (or fraction thereof)

 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate: one judge per two debaters (or fraction thereof)

 

Parliamentary Debate:  one judge per two debaters (or fraction thereof) - will be in individual events (speech) pool

 

Public Forum Debate: one judge per two teams (or fraction thereof) - may be in individual events (speech) or separate public forum pool

 

Individual Events (including Congress): one judge for every six slots (or fraction thereof)

 

Judges Can be Hired for:

 

Policy Debate $75.00

Lincoln-Douglas $35.00

Individual Events  (including 

    Parliamentary & Public Forum

    Debate)             $25.00 


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