Clear Lake HS Speech & Debate
2929 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77058
Dear Coaches and Students:
The Clear Lake High School Speech & Debate Team extends an invitation to you and your students to attend our annual Clear Lake Falcon Classic TFA Invitational Qualifying Speech and Debate tournament on October 26th and 27th, 2018. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. As in the past, the tournament will be fairly small and we will be limiting entries to maximize the tournament experience for our competitors. Depending on the number of entries and the size of the events we may close registration prior to the deadline. Register EARLY! Please have your entry entered into JoT NO LATER than 3pm Monday, October 22nd, 2018. Our drop deadline is 3pm on Wednesday, October 24th - drops after this point will cost your entry fee. Drops on Friday, October 26th, will result in double the entry fee. We want accurate numbers, not fees, so please just be aware of the deadlines.
DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!
This year Clear Lake will be offering our 8th Annual TOC Bid in Congressional Debate for the TOP SIX placements.
To enhance the educational atmosphere for our squad members we will have a closed tab room. We will have qualified adult personnel running tab and the JoT program to assure a smoothly run tournament. Any questions or concerns will be handled by Mr. Nassif, Vicky Beard (judges), and Cecil Trent (tab). Absolutely no student competitors or parents are allowed in tab at any time. If the coach of record is not able to attend the tournament prior arrangements need to be made with Mr. Nassif. This proved to be a real problem in past years. It will not be tolerated this year!
We have wonderful news: CLHS is all together in one building again and the construction is mostly done! We still ask that you try your best not to arrive before 1:30, as we will not have any room to hold you until the commons is cleaned. Also, we must insist that students, judges, and everyone else avoid the few areas still under construction. Students found in an off-limits constuction area will be automatically disqualified from the tournament and risk their team's disqualification as well.
Please look at the schedule carefully. There will be four (4) rounds of debate. Three (3) will run on Friday and the fourth (4th) on Saturday morning. Coaches' Challenge will follow the 4th round. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at school or via email.
We are looking forward to a wonderful experience for you and your students. We promise good food, great concessions and a supportive competitive environment for all. We are fortunate at Clear Lake High School to have an active Debate Parent Booster Organization. They will be assisting with hospitality, concessions and judging, so please be sure to express your appreciation to them. We pride ourselves in our effort to provide one of the best coaches' and judging hospitality facilities in the great State of Texas as well as delicious and varied concessions for our competitors.
We must clarify that should a school decide to use laptops in the extemp draw or any debate round, Clear Lake High School will not be held responsible for lost or damaged laptops. Should a student decide to use a laptop in the prep/draw area, students must leave their computers in draw/prep while they are in the competition room and students will not be allowed back into the draw/prep area until extemp draw has been completed. Clear Lake High School will not provide power sources for laptop use. Finally and most importantly, under no circumstance should you ever unplug anything that's plugged into an outlet in a room just to power your laptop.
We are excited about this tournament and look forward to seeing you!
Aly Maknojia (NSDA Chapter President)
Amy Abraham (NSDA Chapter VP-Tournament),
Ryan Nassif (Director, Speech & Debate)
(t) 281.284.2089 (e) firstname.lastname@example.org