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 HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS - IHSFA

INTERPRETATION (ACTING) EVENTS

Drama or Humorous Interpretation
Students memorize selections from plays, short stories, essays or novels. The speakers’ selections will have two or more characters telling a story. Each selection cannot be longer than 10 minutes. Each student speaks as an individual.

Duo ★
Two speakers work together presenting a selection from a play, short story, or novel. Each speaker must do at least one character. Duo students may either memorized selections or read selections from a manuscript. Each duo program cannot be longer than 10 minutes.

Programmed Oral Interp ★

Students create and perform a program focusing on a single theme that uses multiple types of sources (poetry, scripts and prose).

Prose
Students prepare a prose program. The program must be a short section taken from a novel, short story, or essay. The program must be at least 5 minutes long. The program is read from a manuscript. Each student speaks as an individual.

Poetry
Students prepare a poetry program focusing on a single theme. Program must be 5-10 minutes long and include 2 or more poems. Poems must be written by someone other than the reader and be published. The poetry is read from a script. Each student speaks as an individual.

Original Performance
Students write and perform their own material. Students may write poems, brief stories, plays, or essays. The performance may be read or memorized. Students may work as a duo team or as an individual speaker.

Nationally qualifying event

ARGUMENTATION EVENTS

Extemporaneous Speaking ★
Students give speeches up to 7 minutes long answering a current issues question drawn and prepared at the tournament. Students use major news magazines as sources for the speeches they prepare. Students may enter divisions focusing on either international issues or United States issues. Each student speaks as an individual.

Discussion
Students participate in a round-table type discussion using a Socratic Seminar format. Students receive artifacts prior to the tournament but do not receive guiding questions until they reach the round.

MASS MEDIA

Broadcasting (Radio)
Students present their material over a microphone to a judge in another room. Some material is prepared ahead of time, other material is prepared at the tournament, and other material is impromptu. Broadcasting contestants present newscasts, commercials, editorials, and on-the-spot newscasts. Each student speaks as an individual. 


PUBLIC ADDRESS EVENTS

Original Oratory ★
Students write a speech focusing on individual concerns or an issue they find interesting or important. The speech cannot be longer than 10 minutes. Speeches should be memorized and each student speaks as an individual.

Impromptu
Students are given a word, a quotation, or a current events question. Students may use up to one minute to  prepare and then give a speech up to 5 minutes long. Each student speaks as an individual.

Informative Speaking★

Students write a speech informing the audience about a topic they find interesting. The speech cannot be longer than 10 minutes. Speeches should be memorized and each student speaks as an individual.