Imperial to host first speech tournament
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Students rehearsing in the hallways. Judges testing stop watches. Coaches rounding up speakers.
That will be the scene at the Chase County Speech Invitational at Chase County Schools Saturday. CCS is hosting the first contest of the school year.
Coach Jill Bauerle is in charge of the invitational. She said Tuesday that 6 schools were comfirmed early this week to attend. More may be added.
Paxton, North Platte St. Pat’s, Hershey, Wauneta-Palisade, Perkins County and CCS are sending about 100 entries, with the majority being from Perkins County and Paxton.
Bauerle said she has about 20 students in speech, but not that many will perform. “We are just not ready and a few will be out of town as well,” she explained.
Each student competes in two rounds, both in the morning, with the top point-getters going to finals in mid-afternoon.
The first round begins about 8:30 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend the contest. However, persons are asked to not enter classrooms during a speech.
Awards will be presented around 4 p.m.
The different categories cover a wide range of speeches.
Oral Interpretation of Poetry consists of pulling several poems together with a theme. The speaker may use a manuscript and the speech must be between 6 and 8 minutes long.
Oral Interpretation of Drama consists of an interpretation from a manuscript and must be an original cutting of a play. It involves 3 to 5 people and must be no more than 15 minutes long.
Serious Prose and Humorous Prose must be no longer than 10 minutes. The speeches may be memorized or given with a manuscript.
In Persuasive Speaking the speaker attempts to move the audience to a way of thinking. A manuscript may be used and the speech must not run over 10 minutes.
During Extemporaneous Speaking, the student picks a topic provided by the NSAA and researches it in the school library. The student then has 7 minutes to give the speech, using a 4x6 card.
Two actors are involved in Duet Acting. Using only one table and two chairs, they narrate and can change parts, with a 12 minute limit.
Visual aids may be used in Entertainment Speaking. The speaker may use a 4x6 note card and has 8 minutes to please the audience.
Informative Speaking is extemporaneous. The speaker may use visual aids and a 4x6 card.
If a student runs over the specified time, points are subtracted from the point total.