Out-of-State Traveling Opportunities
MHS Speech offers optional opportunities for team members to have unique, fun, and educational speech experiences outside Minnesota. Only team members in national categories (Drama, Prose, Duo, Humorous, Oratory, and Extemp. Speaking) are eligible to attend out-of-state-tournaments. Students are expected to pay for their own expenses at these tournaments.
One of the most exciting trips is to the oldest, most prestigious university in the United States - Harvard University in Boston Massachusetts. Harvard hosts the largest speech tournament in the country over Presidents' Day weekend in February. Our team attends this tournament every-other-year (on odd-numbered years). Teams from many states make the trip to learn from and compete against top-notch competition. In addition to the unique competitive experience, students also get to take in the splendor of the Harvard campus with rounds held in the historic, grand, classrooms that only Harvard can offer. See below for Harvard pics!
There are also two national tournaments that team members in NFL categories can try to qualify for: NFL Nationals and the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC). Team members who qualify may be expected to pay for some of their own expenses but the Speech Boosters will help as well.
The National Forensic League National Tournament is held in June and students must place in the top 3 in their category at the Minnesota NFL Southern District Qualfiying Tournament (Nat-Quals we call it) in March to qualify. www.nflonline.org
The NIETOC is held in May and students can qualify by reaching a set-standard at two selected NIETOC "bid" tournaments or through an at-large process. Our team tries to attend as many bid tournaments as possible to give team members a chance to qualify for the NIETOC. www.nietoc.com
2013 NIETOC Bid Tournaments:
Jan 4-5: Millard North HS, Omaha, Nebraska
Jan 19: Chanhassen HS
Jan 25-26: Schwan's Speech Spectacular!
Feb 1-2: Duluth Denfeld HS, MN
Feb 15-19: Harvard University
April 19: Minnesota State Speech Tournament, Blaine, MN
2013 NIETOC: May 10-13, San Antonio, Texas
Harvard Travelers 2011, Touching the foot of John Harvard!
At the 2012 NIETOC in San Francisco!