We are a non-profit organization that strives to develop and elevate public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership skills in middle school students through speech and debate clubs and comptitive events.
Where:Lake Oswego Junior High
Address:2500 Country Club Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
The goal of the tournament is to give middle school students the opportunity to compete in a welcoming and educational environment. Each student can enter one debate format and one individual event (IE). If you have students who are only participating in IEs, they can enter both IE events. The events are loosely based on high school events. The times are reduced from the high school criteria, and students may present from note cards, papers, or electronic notes. Students will not be able to access the Internet during a round. Thanks to all the volunteers who made the tournament happen, there is no fee associated with this event. However, if you’d like to donate to help cover food for judges, facility cost, and cost of certificates, it would be much appreciated. Lunch and snack will be offered for purchase. All proceeds will be used to support the tounaments. This will be a fun event with an emphasis on positive recognition and encouragement for all participants. We hope you can join us.
Schedule of Events 9:30 - 10:30 Sign in, Judge Orientation
10:30 - 11:00 Round 1 Debate
11:15 - 11:45 Round 1 Individual Events
11:45 - 12:30 Lunch Break
12:30 - 1:00 Round 2 Debate
1:15 - 1:45 Round 2 Individual Events
2:00 - 2:30 Final round of Debate
2:45 - 3:15 Final Round of Individual Events
3:30 - 3:45 Awards Ceremony
Impromptu: Given three words, the student chooses one, prepares for one minute and then speaks for 1- 3 minutes.
Radio Commentary: The student presents from their written commentary about a recent event in the news. Timing is strictly followed: 2:30 -3:00 minutes. Students over or under time are docked one rank in the round.
Prose: The student provides an oral interpretation of a short story, parts of a novel, or other published work of prose. Timing is strictly followed: 2:00 -3:00 minutes including an introduction. Students over or under time are docked one rank in the round.
Public Forum Debate: 2-person team. Teams prepare original cases with evidence for both sides. Sides are assigned each round. We will follow these times (a bit different than high school): 3-3-2-3-3-2-2-2-3-2-2. 2 min prep in round. Topic: Resolved ~ Public schools should offer free lunches to all students.
Parliamentary Debate:2-person team. Teams will be assigned a side (Proposition or Opposition). The judge reveals a common knowledge topic to both teams. The teams prepare their cases in 10 minutes using only pen and paper and a dictionary. During the debate, each student speaks and during that speech, the opponent can stand to ask a question after the first 30 seconds but before the last 30 seconds. No questioning or new arguments in the rebuttals. This debate includes a time to set the case, a time to counterargue and a time to rebut and summarize.
Each student can enter one debate format and one individual event (IE). If you have students who are only participating in IEs, they can enter both IE events. Please register your teams by March 9th.
For questions and comments, please email OMSSSL2017@gmail.com Thanks, Oregon Middle School Speech and Debate League, The Tournament Committee
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