Approximately 400 students from 25 high schools from across Missouri will be coming to Monett High School for the 53rd annual Priscilla Bradford Speech Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
Named for Monett's longtime speech teacher and founder of the tournament, the Priscilla Bradford competition is one of the longest running tournaments in Southwest Missouri.
Events in the tournament include both foreign and domestic extemporaneous speaking, prose/poetry, storytelling, humorous interpretation, dramatic interpretation, duo interpretation, Novice and Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Novice and Varsity Public Forum Debate, Student Congress, and Quadrilon (where students compete in Dramatic Interp, Humorous Interp, Extemporaneous Speaking and Poetry). This event was created by Priscilla Bradford.
The two-day event will be run by members of the Monett High School speech and debate students, who are not competing. The Monett students coordinate and schedule the various rounds, help in timing and conduct the administrative work.
Around 200 volunteer judges from the community are being recruited to name winners in the 520 rounds, leading to prizes in all the major speech divisions.
On Friday, competition will start at 3 p.m. and continue until around 9 p.m. First and second rounds in all events will be held. On Saturday, competition will resume around 8:00 a.m., as third and fourth rounds are held for those events that have extended eliminations, semi-finals and finals. The final debate rounds will run around 6 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held at 5 p.m., at which time debate quarter-finalists will be recognized.
|The Priscilla Bradford Traveling Trophy will be awarded to the school that wins the most points during the two-day event for A entries only.|