Festival ManagersSpeech Contests
This page is meant ONLY for festival managers. If you wish to register your team’s entries, please visit “Speech Contests” in the “Speech” menu above.
The state office sends evaluation sheets to subdistrict and district festivals, unless they opt-out to photocopy their own by declining them in SpeechWire at least two weeks prior to their festival. Hosts may select their own colors, but should they wish to use the state office’s color scheme, that can be found below.
SpeechWire allows festivals to schedule contests, and generate schedule assignments for each student. It also prints master ballots for each adjudicator, each round — with contestants pre-printed, so adjudicators copy score totals from individual evaluation sheets. Contest manager/host can enter scores as ballots are turned in, and tabulated results are reported automatically for purposes of determining advancement from subdistrict to district and from district to State. The WHSFA provides SpeechWire, free of charge, to all subdistricts and districts. Festivals are encouraged — but not required — to use SpeechWire to schedule and tabulate; however, all festival hosts/managers must use SpeechWire to report to contestants advancing to the next festival level.
We offer a free online course that will walk festival hosts/managers through the basics of what plans, preparations, and steps they need to follow to run a successful contest (including step-by-step details on using SpeechWire). Visit: WHSFA Professional Development (click “Speech Contest Management” course to enroll).
Photocopying Forms - Colors
|High School Categories||Color Paper||Middle Level Categories||Color Paper|
|Extemporaneous||Tan||Eight Minute Persuasive||Pastel Blue|
|Four Minute Informative||Canary||Four Minute Informative||Canary|
|Group Interpretive Reading||Salmon||Moments in History||Cherry|
|Moments in History||Cherry||Non-Original Oratory||Gold|
|Oratory||Pastel Blue||Play Acting||Canary|
|Play Acting||Canary||Poetry Reading||Lilac/Orchid|
|Poetry Reading||Lilac/Orchid||Prose Reading||Pastel Blue|
|Prose Reading||Pastel Blue||Readers Theatre||Salmon|
|Public Address||Salmon||Solo Acting||Ivory/Cream|
|Radio News Reporting||Green||Special Occasion||Gray|
|Special Occasion||Gray||Adjudicator Guidelines||Turquoise|
|Ballot (SpeechWire generates)||White|