Middle Level Contests


Upcoming Middle Level Dates
  • L1 Baldwin-Woodvile
    January 25, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Baldwin-Woodville High School, 1000 13th Ave, Baldwin, WI 54002, USA

  • L1 St. Croix Falls MS
    January 29, 2018
    740 Maple Dr, St Croix Falls, WI 54024, USA

  • L1 Athens
    January 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Athens High School, 601 W Limit Rd, Athens, WI 54411, USA

  • L1 Tri County
    January 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Tri-County Middle School, 409 S West St, Plainfield, WI 54966, USA

  • L1 Laona
    January 29, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 8:30 pm
    Laona School District,5216 Forest Ave, Laona, WI 54541, USA

  • L1-Suring
    January 29, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  • L1-Franklin GB
    January 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Franklin Middle School, 1233 Lore Ln, Green Bay, WI 54303, USA

  • L1-WI Rapids
    January 30, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Wisconsin Rapids Area Middle School, 1921 27th Ave S, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495, USA

  • Invitational: EC Northstar
    February 1, 2018
    Northstar Middle School, 2711 Abbe Hill Dr, Eau Claire, WI 54703, USA

  • L2 Woodville
    February 1, 2018 @ 3:15 pm - 8:00 pm
    Viking Middle School, 500 Southside Dr, Woodville, WI 54028, USA

  • L1 Wild Rose
    February 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Wild Rose Middle & High School, 600 Park Ave, Wild Rose, WI 54984, USA

  • L1, Little Chute
    February 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Little Chute Middle School, 325 Meulemans St, Little Chute, WI 54140, USA

  • L1, Holmen
    February 5, 2018
    Holmen Middle School, 502 N Main St, Holmen, WI 54636, USA

  • L1, De Pere
    February 5, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    De Pere Middle School, 700 Swan Rd, De Pere, WI 54115, USA

  • L1 Hayward
    February 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Hayward Middle School, 10408 N Greenwood Ln, Hayward, WI 54843, USA

  • L1, Beaver Dam
    February 6, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Beaver Dam Middle School, 108 4th St, Beaver Dam, WI 53916, USA

  • L1, Eau Claire
    February 8, 2018
    South Middle School, 2115 Mitscher Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701, USA

  • L1, Glidden
    February 8, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 6:45 pm
    Chequamegon Middle School, 370 N Grant St, Glidden, WI 54527, USA

  • L2, Whitehall
    February 19, 2018
    Whitehall Memorial High School, 19121 Hobson St, Whitehall, WI 54773, USA

  • Invitational: Fall Creek
    February 19, 2018
    Fall Creek Middle School, 336 E Hoover Ave, Fall Creek, WI 54742, USA

  • L2-Wrightstown
    February 19, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Wrightstown Middle School, 450 School St, Wrightstown, WI 54180, USA

  • L2 Green Bay
    February 19, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Edison Middle School, 442 Alpine Dr, Green Bay, WI 54302, USA

  • L2, Dist 2 (NE Wis.), Waubeno
    February 20, 2018
    Wabeno High School, 4325 Branch St, Wabeno, WI 54566, USA

  • L2 Wild Rose
    February 20, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Wild Rose Middle & High School, 600 Park Ave, Wild Rose, WI 54984, USA

  • L2 Stevens Point
    February 22, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    P J Jacobs Junior High School, 2400 Main St, Stevens Point, WI 54481, USA

  • L2 Luxemburg
    February 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Luxemburg-Casco Middle School, 619 Church Ave, Casco, WI 54205, USA

  • L2 Durand
    February 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Assumption Catholic School, 901 W Prospect St, Durand, WI 54736, USA

  • L2, Little Chute
    February 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Little Chute Middle School, 325 Meulemans St, Little Chute, WI 54140, USA

  • L2, Beaver Dam
    February 26, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Beaver Dam Middle School, 108 4th St, Beaver Dam, WI 53916, USA

  • L2 Tri County
    February 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Tri-County Middle School, 409 S West St, Plainfield, WI 54966, USA

  • L2 Eau Claire
    March 1, 2018 @ 3:15 pm - 8:00 pm
    DeLong Middle School, 2000 Vine St, Eau Claire, WI 54703, USA

Any given student participating in WHSFA middle level contests may participate in one Level 1 contest and one Level 2 contest, plus any number of invitational contests.

Middle Level FAQs

How do Middle Level contests work?

In education circles, middle level is a universal term encompassing middle schools, junior high schools, intermediate schools/K-8 schools with grades 6-8 as the focal point for participation in forensic Speech contests. WHSFA has two progressive levels of contests we offer for middle level students:

  1. Level 1: The official festival a student participates in. S/he must earn at least two grades/scores of “A” to move on to Level 2 (receiving a commemorative certificate for that achievement. Otherwise, s/he earns a participation certificate.
  2. Level 2: The second and final official contest a student participates in. S/he must earn at least two grades/scores of “A” to receive a blue ribbon; otherwise, s/he earns a red ribbon.

Any given student can only participate in one official Level 1 and one official Level 2 contest per school year. Schools also may participate in invitational, or “practice” contests, which are run independently of the WHSFA, but often use the WHSFA’s contest categories, rules, and evaluation sheets. Those do not count as official, however, and there is no limit to how many a school may participate in. Schools are not required to attend a specific contest in their geographic region, and some contests are limited in how many schools/entries they can accept, because their facilities may not accommodate everyone interested in attending. In those cases, we recommend other schools step forward to host contests as well.

Where and when are contests?

Visit the Speech Contests, Theatre Contests, Debate Contests, or Middle Level contests pages for a list by date, including locations. Please note: each local area sets its own schedules, so the State Office posts these on our website only when we have been notified.

How do I register for contests?
Visit the Speech Contests, Theatre Contests, or Debate Contests pages for a button/link that will take you to the online registration platform for registering. Each of those pages also will contain tutorial information on how to register. Most Middle Level contests handle registration directly through email, although some have moved to using SpeechWire; contact the host for more information (host contact information is available when clicking a particular contest in the Middle Level upcoming dates calendar.
What is the middle level entry limit?

While we used to have entry limits for each middle level category, the Middle Level Advisory Committee recommended abolishing this beginning with the 2015-16 school year. That said, we do encourage schools to distribute their entries across different categories to maximize the educational experiences students receive.

How do I host a festival?

Please review the PDF handbook for your particular activity, which has a number of resources and suggestions. We also compiled a Theatre Festival Manager Info page, as well as a Speech Festival Manager Info page, with instructions on using the SpeechWire contest management website/software.

How do I suggest a change to rules?

Each summer, advisory committees for each activity meet to review the previous contest season and propose changes to the Board of Control. Contact us with concerns and/or suggestions, and we will forward these to the respective committee(s).

Who makes copies of evaluation sheets for middle level festivals?

The state office provides these for official Level 1 and 2 festivals; however, festival managers may request a stipend in lieu of these copies, when completing the festival materials request form (see the Middle Level Contests page for more information).

Can homeschool or online school students participate?

Homeschool students may either participate with an area public or private school,** or as part of a homeschool association that joins the WHSFA.

**WHSFA supports the local school district policy for interscholastic athletics/academic contests. For example, if a home-schooled student is allowed to join the basketball team, a home-schooled student may participate in Theatre, Speech, and Debate activities.

Here is the official policy from the WHSFA’s Constitution/Bylaws:

SECTION III: Membership

Wisconsin homeschooled/online/virtual school students:

  1. Conditions: Students must be members of a homeschool association or enrolled full time in an online school. They cannot participate individually, unless as part of their attendance-area school district, if the school district allows participation.
  2. Procedures:
    1. Homeschooling associations may apply for membership by registering and paying the yearly dues. Online/virtual schools headquartered in Wisconsin may apply under the same conditions.
    2. As members, their students are eligible to participate in all WHSFA events in the District/Section where the homeschool association is located. Students living in Wisconsin who are enrolled in online/virtual schools that are members of WHSFA may participate in the subdistrict and district festivals in which the online/virtual school is located.

Festival Hosts/Managers

WHSFA provides SpeechWire — online registration, scheduling, and tabulation software — free of charge to Middle Level festivals. Complete the form below only if you did not request SpeechWire in the “Reserve a date” form, above.