DEBATE TEAM/ GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL SPEECH

Group and Individual Speech


IHSSA (Iowa High School Speech Association) STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY: "THE PHILOSOPHY IS BUILT UPON THE BELIEF THAT NO FORM OF ACTIVITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT OF LEARNING TO SPEAK EFFECTIVELY." 

                                                        Contest Information for 2018-2019

Group Speech                                                                                              Individual Speech

Conference Meet at West Central:  January 12th                                 Conference Meet at ---------------:  February 18th                                                                                             District Contest at Postville  January 19th                                          District Contest at Maquoketa Valley: February 23rd
State Contest at Waterloo West: February 2nd                                  State Contest at Waldorf University:  March 9th      
All-State Festival at Iowa State Center (Ames): February 16th          All-State Festival at UNI (Cedar Falls): March 25th



Group Speech

Group speech takes place in the middle of January thru the end of March every year.  There are many different things you can do for group speech. 

At District Speech each event has one judge. If your event gets a "1" rating at District Speech, then it advances on to State Speech.  

At State Speech each event has three judges.  If you receive straight "1"'s from each judge and each judge NOMINATES you.... then you will perform at the All-State Speech Festival.

To be nominated as a non-performer OR perform for the All-State Speech Festival is a great honor!!



Musical Theater - A ten minute or less scene from a musical involving at least one musical number between two and six students performing. No costumes, lines memorized, and seven chairs and a table for set pieces.  Must wear shoes during the performanceStudents will utilize the skill of acting and dancing. May enter three groups in this category.

Readers Theater -  A twenty-five minute or less play performed without props, make-up, or costumes, with scripts, and using only chairs, stepladders, blocks, crates, steps, or risers. May enter 1 group consisting of two to fifteen students. 

Choral Reading - A fifteen minute or less reading and interpretation drawn from any form of literature .  All readers must read from scripts.  Students may use props, uniforms, costumes, and make-up. May enter 1 group consisting of three to fifteen people.

One Act Play - A 35 minute or less play performed on a stage with lights, costumes, and props.  The performers must memorize their lines. May enter 1- one act play consisting of one or more students. 

Ensemble Acting -  A 15 minute or less play consisting of two to six students.  The performers are not permitted to wear costumes and must have their lines memorized.  For props they are allowed up to seven chairs and a table. May enter three groups in this category.

Group Improvisation -  A team consisting of two to five students performing a five-minute or less skit.  A maximum of five chairs may be used for the performance.  A two-minute preparation time is granted to each team so they can choose the best possible scenario combination from a selection of situations. May enter three groups in this category.

Group Mime -  A seven-minute or less performance consisting of two to six students.  Six chairs may be used and recorded music without words.The performer may accompany his /her performance with or without recorded music without words.The title must be on a placecard for purposes of introducing the mime.... the time, place and decorations on the placecard are optional. No mime make-up will be worn. Performers are not allowed to operate the device used to start or stop the music. May enter three groups in this category.

Solo Mime - A performance of no more than 5 minutes.  The performer may accompany his /her performance with or without recorded music without words.The title must be on a placecard for purposes of introducing the mime.... the time, place and decorations on the placecard are optional. No mime make-up is to be worn. Judging will be based upon acting effectiveness, creativity, body control, movement and the ability of the performer to convey its intended message. May enter three contestants in this category.

TV Newscasting -  The team will gather their own copy of materials for news stories consisting of a variety of news articles. Regardless of selection of stories, the content must be based on actual news.Commentary on stories is allowed and may  or may not be biased. News stories are not restricted by time frame, and may be of historic nature. Total time allotted for commercials will not exceed 2 minutes. Total time of broadcast is limited to 10 minutes. No school identification will appear on the media format or recordings. May enter 2 TV News broadcasts consisting of two to fifteen people in each group. 

Radio Broadcasting - A minimum five minute and maximum six minute broadcast consisting of national, international, state, weather, and sports. Entries will also include a 30-45 second commercial or public service announcement of original nature. Selection of materials must be from within the school year. Each presentation must also include an original special feature written by a member of the news team. Teams members consist of 2-8 students per broadcast.  At least one student from each news broadcast team must attend contest to present the media. May enter two groups in this category. 

Short Film - The short film shall be original in nature, may be a remake of another person's idea or thoughts, and limited to 5 minutes in length. All material may be performed by students, claymation, animation, and/or objects. Judging will be based on effective storyline, technical aspects, acting, and overall presentation. May enter two groups consisting of 1-15 students in each group.


Individual Speech

Individual Speech takes place at the end of February every year.  

Like Group Speech, there are many different events that students can participate in. 

The same ratings are used from Group Speech and there are also District, State, and All-State levels in Individual Speech.  

Improvisation - The student will draw two situations and three characters in which he/she has 3 minutes prep time to create a skit in their mind.  Then the student has up to 5 minutes to act out the skit using two of the characters and one situation. A single chair may be used any way a student deems necessary and appropriate. May enter three  contestants in this category.

Storytelling - The student must retell a story from memorization using good facial expressions and changes in tone and volume of voice. (Children's literature, science fiction, classical literature, fables, mythology, etc..) An introduction may be given; however, it should be given standing. Time is limited to five minutes.  The storyteller MUST sit on a stool AFTER the introduction; however, the stool may NOT be used as a prop. May enter 3 contestants in this category. 

Interpretive Reading Poetry - Student must read a poem  or a collection of poems using good facial expression and changes in tone and volume of voice. This is limited to six minutes.  This is an interpretive category, NOT acting. May use original poetry. Selections do not need to be memorized. May enter 3 contestants in this category. 

Acting - A student must memorize an eight minute piece (or original material) and act it out using no props or costumes.  A single chair may be used. Material may be dramatic or humorous in nature OR a combination of both. The selection may be a monologue. May enter six contestants in this category. 

Radio News Announcing - Students are given news wire and have 30 minutes to organize a four to five minute news bulletin. It may include state, national, international, sports, weather, and a commercial. May enter three contestants in this category.

Public Address -This is the presentation of another person's material that argues, persuades, moves or attempts to convey understanding of human experience. The speech must have a purpose beyond pure entertainment.  This is a speaking category, NOT acting. Prepare the presentation in such a manner that it communicates to the audience the ideas of the author. Material will not be of an original nature.  You must include an introduction, which must include the author. Notes, not to exceed 50 words, may be used and must be given to the judging chair at the conclusion of the speech. Presentation is limited to 8 minutes. May enter three contestants in this category.

Review - Time is limited to an eight minute speech in which students can review movies, books, music, concert, tv series, drama work, etc. Electronic devices may be used, but hard copy notes or a manuscript must be given to the judging chair at the conclusion of the speech.  Visual and audio aids may be used. May enter three contestants in this event.

Original Oratory - This is an original speech limited to eight minutes in which students deliver a persuasive or inspirational speech to the audience using no visual aids or costuming. Notes or a manuscript may be used. Students may read from an electronic device, (Ipad, kindle). The hardcopy manuscript must be given to the judging chair at the conclusion of the speech.  A lectern may be used. May enter three contestants in this category. 

Spontaneous Speaking -  Students pick three topics and have three minutes to prepare a five minute speech over one of the topics. Topics will be of a nature to encourage the student to take a stand or position. Student may bring a blank piece of paper, pencil, and blank notecards to the performance room. Student may use notecards. May enter three contestants in this category.

Solo Musical Theatre - The length of the performance will be limited to one song no longer than 5 minutes.  The selection may be from a movie or musical. The student will NOT give the introduction. The contestant needs a copy of their score (hard copy or digital) if the score includes dialogue. One chair will be provided.   Costumes and/or props are not allowed. Students will utilize the skill of acting and singing, and/or dancing. ALL lyrics must be memorized. The student will NOT give an introduction. Performers must accompany their performance with recorded music without words. A CD player must be used and provided by the contestant. Music will be operated by a another student/coach NOT wearing identifiable school apparel.  May enter three contestants in this event. 

Interpretive Reading Prose - One or more selections of material limited to six minutes, including both comment and reading.  Selections will not be memorized. Emphasis is given to projection of thought and emotion, arrangement of material, control of bodily activity, rhythm, pronunciation, and voice interpretation. May enter three contestants in this category. 

Literary Program - At least one poetry and one prose selection relating to a common theme limited to 8 minutes, including both comment and reading.  Selections will not be memorized.  Selections must be arranged to develop a theme (a pattern of ideas from the selections) or give emphasis to an overall message.  Props and/or visual aids are not allowed. May enter three contestants in this category.

Expository Address- An original speech written by the contestant on any subject appropriate for presentation. Notes, not to exceed 50 words may be used and given to the judging chair at the conclusion of the speech. This is a speaking area, NOT an acting area. The speech can be persuasive or entertaining, but MUST be informative. Time limit is no more than 6 minutes. Audio and/or visual aids may be used. Contestants are granted a 2 minute set up time or 5 minutes setup time for computer aided technology equipmentMay enter three contestants in this category. 

After Dinner Speaking- An original written speech limited to 5 minutes. May be informative, impressive, inspiring, or entertaining. The story should be enlivened with stories, anecdotes, quotations, puns, witty remarks, and humorous local and personal references. It should emphasize good feeling, good will, pleasant associations, and may include spontaneous and impromptu thoughts. Notes not to exceed 50 words may be used and given to the judging chair at the conclusion of the speech. May enter three contestants in this category.





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