High School Speech Contestant Rules Concern

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CategoryContestant Name(s)Title/TopicVideo URL/LinkNature of ConcernNature of challengeRule(s) violatedOffice use
Poetry ReadingNessiah FannStoriesyoutube.com
  • Other

Original poem recited by memory without the use of scrip

3. Material is to be read from a paper manuscript with optional use of a reading stand provided by the student
pg 35

Adam contacted coach for future reference. No action to be taken.

Group Interpretive ReadingElizabeth Davis and Anna LeBoutonStreet Smartsyoutube.com
  • Other

The speakers are not social distanced and they appear to inadvertently touch at 5:06 and 5:54.

page 23, Rule 5 b.

No action to be taken.

Informative SpeechShrishrika M PattaswamyHindu Hate Crimesyoutube.com
  • Usage of script where not allowed

It appears that the student is reading the speech from notes posted behind the camera. It becomes most noticable at the end of the speech when speaker is looking very high and to right. She also never refers to notecards during her speech.

Page 27 WHSFA handbook. Use of one notecard.

No action to be taken.

Informative SpeechSariah TeubertFoster Children
  • Other

Cannot access works cited page via Speechwire

Page 27: In addition to citing sources in the speech, the coach of the contestant must hand submit a printed list of works
cited in MLA or APA format when registering the contestant to the adjudicator prior to speaking; adjudicators
will return the list to the contestants by the end of the round. When no list is provided, the adjudicator will
deduct two points; the list should support what the student orally cites in the speech, but adjudicators should
only evaluate actual spoken citations and may not deduct points for formatting.

Jacobi asked adjudicator to note penalty in e-ballot.

Group Interpretive Reading267E3 Wyatt Jensen, Raegan Davis, Ella Tretsven, Blake Neuenschwander and Stella JohansenThe Book With No Picturesyoutube.com
  • Other

I wanted to notify you to see if this is indeed a problem (maybe it's not). I was assigned the Group Interp listed above for both the District and State competitions. My concern is that I'm not sure it is fair to have the same judge do both. I can't find a rule that states it can't be done, but I just wanted to check. My concern with this piece is that it is a 4:19 performance with a 1:02 introduction. In my opinion, that is just not enough time. I felt I was very generous at District, but shouldn't be at State. The video is dated Feb. 17, so it is the same video for both District and State. I scored both as I felt it deserved at the time. Maybe I am being biased, and I don't want that to affect anyone's scores. Thank you for your attention and your consideration to this matter.

Not sure if it is a rule violation.

Jacobi reassigned to avoid any issue.

Play Acting246H1 Hailey Allender-Pautz and Hailey VanRensHailey & Haileyyoutube.com
  • Other

Students did not follow rule #5b. They did not stand 6 feet apart nor did they not touch each other. Face masks were also missing. Within the first mintute, students were standing side to side during intro and at 0:30 they shook hands.

Rule 5b. Page 33.

No action to be taken.

Moments in Historyall contestants except onesee question below
  • Other

All contestants except one do not cite any sources in their speech presentations. One, 148F2 Morgan Larson, does an excellent job of incorporating citations. None of the others did. Is this not a requirement? I mentioned it in most of their feedback but did not penalize them in my points at all. Just wanted to check with you regarding how significant this rule is, or if it's meant to be loosely applied. Thank you!

From page 29 of the Speech Handbook, Rule 6: "In addition to citing sources in the speech," which is emphasized in bold and underlined. Further referenced in Criteria for Evaluation, point 2.
Is flexibility offered regarding what an appropriate need is to cite a source? Thanks for taking a look. Best wishes.

Jacobi advised adjudicator to take this into account in deducting points and offering comments.

Prose Reading164K1 Katrina PrankeA Streetcar Named Desiregoogle.com
  • Usage of script where not allowed

The presenter reads a transition from her manuscript (2:05-2:13).

The presenter reads a transition from her manuscript.

Verified by Jacobi.

Group Interpretive ReadingLeah Hutchinson, Rachel Yelk and Gracie BergemanThis Could Be Youloom.com
  • Wrong genre of literary material
  • Other

The script is from a drama/play for the screen - YouTube video - and is prohibited. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9v_bUMqFHg

Page 23. 2. The script may be a cutting, a complete work, or a script compiled from a variety of sources, including prose,
poetry, or essay – or a combination of these forms – but drama (play for theatre, screen, or radio) as source
material is prohibited. A copy of all source material must be available for inspection.

Adam inquired with coach re: material.

Persuasive/Oratory SpeechSarah Zuge #4 254G2Voting Systemyoutube.com
  • Other

folded piece of paper used for notes
see 4:02 in the video

one 4 times 6 notecard permitted

No action to be taken.

Impromptu SpeechJack Taylor, 189T1Has unrest in United States strengthened critics of America abroad?youtube.com
  • Ext/Imp/Radio material not correct

This student's selected prompt ("Has unrest in United States strengthened critics of America abroad?") does not match with any of the impromptu speech topics that are found in the reference document.

Page 25. The state office will share topic prompts..
Instructions: Contestants should have spoken on one of the questions below. This is provided to adjudicators for reference. (This comes directly from the Google Doc posted by the State Office.)

Discussed with coach. Wrong prompt administered; not penalizing student.

News Reporting/RadioKelsey MickRadio
  • Ext/Imp/Radio material not correct

I believe that she used a commercial that was not supplied by WHSFA: Menards, 11% off, "Save big money at Menards" jingle

"Commercials will be supplied with script material, which the student may use as written or may be edited/embellished to further enhance the product or service, but no material may be added... Only WHSFA supplied news and commercial(s) may be used" (41).

Demonstration SpeechTatum TimmBearded Dragons
  • Other

The topic of this demo speech was bearded dragons, and the contestant actually had a bearded dragon in a tank behind her as part of the backdrop for her speech.

On page 17 of the handbook, rule #5 for the demo speech prohibits the use of animals as props.

The contestant did not ever take the animal out of its tank and the contest was virtual, so I'm not sure this is a violation. (Can they have a live animal as a visual?) I thought I'd check, though, in case the contestant advances or does this speech in person.

Moments in HistoryRebecca Lynn80’s Fashion
  • Other

Used a smart board presentation as her prop.

Rule #2 off Moments in History scoring sheet back- 2. Visuals are optional, but may not be worn. Mechanical sound and lighting are not allowed. The use of digital
presentations, videos, and other projection is not allowed.

Poetry ReadingSophia SimonsonDesire
  • Usage of script where not allowed

There was no script that was in the screen of the recording. There possibly was a script off screen that she seemed to move but it gave her a unfair advantage to gesture freely with both hands which other competitors holding their script would not have.

page 37
rule 3
Material is to be read from a paper manuscript with optional use of a reading stand provided by the student.

Poetry ReadingRebecca GottliebProse entry in a poetry section
  • Wrong genre of literary material

Speaker #6 in my poetry round-- Judge 22704 Rebecca Gottlieb: Rd. 3 POET 9:02 AM (Section A) -- was presenting a prose selection, but I only have the poetry rubric (though I know they are similar).

I don't believe this is an intentional or even unintentional rules violation, rather that the student was mis-assigned. She should be reassigned to a prose round.
Or, I would be happy to evaluate her with a prose rubric (as a separate "round" with only one student in it) -- but I do need the prose rubric.
In any case, she should not advance to District under the Poetry category.

Prose ReadingElyse JacobsonThe Daily Life of a Cell Phone User
  • Wrong genre of literary material

The student is submitted in prose, but they deliver poetry the whole time.

See above

Solo Acting SeriousEllie Shelley-BregantiniRock Scissors Paper
  • Usage of script where not allowed

Speaker appeared to be reading her script from an electronic device. At one point, she moves her hands towards the camera and it appears she is scrolling on a computer to find her place.

Speech Handbook page 43
Rule #3 "The presentation must be memorized."

FarragoKyra PhillipsPerfectionism
  • Usage of script where not allowed

A paper manuscript was not used but rather a computer screen was used as almost a teleprompter. I marked down one point for this understanding that this is virtual and a reading stand is allowed. I marked down the balance of this category because it seemed as if her last 3 transitions were being read from her screen and not memorized.

Page 21 - Rule 2 of Farrago evaluation sheet

Moments in HistoryKelsi CameronJeffery Dahmer (1980s)
  • Usage of script where not allowed

The speaker had a large black paper for the presentation. As I look in the rule book, I see that there should only be a 4x6 notecard. A fair amount of the speech seemed to have been read from a manuscript that was on the black paper. This was a virtual entry, so that is what it appears to be in the video.

"The speech may be presented from memory or extemporaneously with limited notes on one or both sides of one 4x6 paper notecard. Students should not recite from a word-for-word manuscript..."

Handbook Page 29
Rule #4

Solo Acting SeriousRose Waddell"I Have a Dream" Speech
  • Wrong category

The piece selected is a historic speech. It does not appear to be a piece of drama selected nor does is seem to be adapted to a dramatic format. The piece is of "quality material" but is not acted, it is recited (more closely aligned to a piece of memorized prose).

The category description for Solo Acting Serious on page 43 of the WHSFA Handbook states the piece must "a cutting from serious or humorous drama or other literature adapted to the dramatic format."

FarragoAnkica MontgomeryThe Power of a Strong Today
  • Usage of script where not allowed

At the 2:10 - 2:14 mark in the video during a transition which should be memorized Ankica appears to be reading from notes on her script.

pg. 21 Rule #1 An introduction -written by the student and presented without the use of notes-

News Reporting/RadioAdrienne Romo, Emma Bradley, and Henry Westergaard0442 Adrienne Romo, Emma Bradley, and Henry Westergaard
  • Can't play/hear/access video

It says the video is not able to play since it is in the owner's trash.

Can't view video

Special Occasion SpeechSavannah PionkeUnknown
  • Wrong category

The occasion she is speaking on is not stated, it does seem like she is doing a book review however that is not one of the occasions for Special O this year.

Pg. 45
2. Prior to the presentation, the participant is to announce which of the situations has been chosen. This
announcement must be brief and is not considered part of the speech on which the student will be timed and
evaluated

2021-22 Situation Topics (choose one)
1. A press conference about a public health issue
2. A roast of a celebrity or fictional character
3. A speech to present a posthumous award or honor
4. An anniversary speech to commemorate an event at a school

News Reporting/RadioAlex MamonovRadio News Reporting
  • Ext/Imp/Radio material not correct

Several news pieces and commercial was not from script for round 3.

Rule 1 from handbook: Different materials of 15-20 minutes in length will be provided for each round.

This was round 3. I inspected the round 3 material packet due to Rule 3 states that no materials can be added. When it was a different commercial than in the WHSFA round materials, I knew I was also correct aboutthe other news articles that were unfamiliar.

News Reporting/RadioV22M1 Alex MamonovRadio Wrong Material?
  • Ext/Imp/Radio material not correct

Items used do not appear to be consistent with the material noted, though he does say this is round 1. Perhaps video was not updated from subdistrict?

Using provided material

FarragoEmma BreuerPeace
  • Usage of script where not allowed

Reading from script during introduction/transition; takes place from 13 sec - 47 sec on video

Rule book p. 21 Rule #1 an introduction -written by the student and presented without the use of notes.

FarragoEmma BreuerPeace
  • Usage of script where not allowed

Read from script during introduction/transition at opening of the presentation. It is at 14 sec. through 47 sec. on the video.

Handbook p. 21 Rule #1 An introduction-written by the student and presented without the use of notes

Impromptu SpeechBrennan Martin"Life is to be lived, not controlled"
  • Ext/Imp/Radio material not correct

The recording submitted does not address a prompt offered for this districts tournament

Rule 12. g. On page 8

Impromptu SpeechJohn KinzlerNo one can make you feel inferior without your consent
  • Ext/Imp/Radio material not correct

The recording submitted does not address a prompt offered for this districts tournament

Rule 12. g. On page 8

Group Interpretive ReadingDaisy Hernandez, Shayna Graf, Madelyn Parker,Driving a Car

***The transition between the first and second piece is not memorized and is read straight off of the script itself. This is a direct rule violation.

Introduction/Transitions. Page 24 of handbook.

Informative SpeechTimber DentN/A
  • Can't play/hear/access video

When I went to click the video, it said "Access Denied".

No-Show.

Poetry ReadingNicole KurszewskiPoetry
  • Other

Was reading from the book instead of using a paper manuscript.

Page 35
Rule #3 Material is to be read from a paper manuscript with optional use of a reading stand provided by the student.

Prose ReadingMicole GentryMalcolm X speech - Ballot or the Bullet
  • Wrong category

This performance is memorized and the contestant moves throughout the speech.

This performance is memorized and the contestant moves throughout the speech.

Impromptu SpeechJohn KinzlerHe who sings scares away his woes.
  • Ext/Imp/Radio material not correct

This is not a topic listed on the round 3 options.

Good grief - I'm so sorry but we just got back from spring break and I don't have time to evaluate all of these and look this up. I'm not sure! 🙁

Impromptu SpeechJohn KinzlerHe who sings scares away his woes.
  • Ext/Imp/Radio material not correct

This is not a topic listed on the round 3 options.

Good grief - I'm so sorry but we just got back from spring break and I don't have time to evaluate all of these and look this up. I'm not sure! 🙁

Demonstration SpeechTyler ThielImpromptu
  • Ext/Imp/Radio material not correct

Tyler was handed an entire list of all the topics. He was supposed to draw three from an envelope and THEN choose the one he wanted.

Error in procedure.

FarragoLizzie SchneiderLizzie Schneider-Forensics-Prose
  • Wrong category

I judged it as Farrago & then re-judged it as Prose. I then realized that girl in the video was NOT the one that I just clicked on from my judging entry, 118C1 Victoria Lyons for the WHSFA State Speech Festival 2022 VIR-FARR Rd. 1 Sect. C assignment. The title under the video indicated that it was Lizzie Schneider-Forensics-Prose. Lizzie's piece got put under Victoria Lyons/Farrago. I judged Lizzie's piece as prose.

Rules of Farrago, page 21

Persuasive/Oratory SpeechAnna KransThe Gender Pay Gap
  • Usage of script where not allowed

The contestant may potentially be reading from a manuscript that is placed behind the camera while filming their presentation. The evidence I have is as follows.

1) The contestant recites certain long and complicated citations and quotes with perfect accuracy. And there are some speech patterns that indicate reading off of a script instead of being rehearsed and recited from memory.

2) The contestant does not read off of an allowed 4x6 notecard, despite the above piece of evidence.

3) The contestant begins the video with their gaze focused to their bottom-left, and as the video progresses their gaze gradually shifts to the center, and at the end is focused to their bottom-right. Very seldom does the contestant's gaze focus directly on the camera.

I have not let this suspicion affect how I filled out my e-ballot for this contestant.

Rule 4 of Oratory Speech on Page 31 of the handbook states "The speech may be presented from memory or extemporaneously with limited notes on one or both sides of one 4"x 6" paper note card. Students should not recite from a word-for-word manuscript."

CategoryContestant Name(s)Title/TopicVideo URL/LinkNature of ConcernNature of challengeRule(s) violatedOffice use
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