Speech & Drama
Speech & Drama

Speech & Drama Announcements

Recent Speech Ruling (March 2017):
After the conclusion of round one it was brought to the Host Site Invitational Manager’s attention by the judge’s chair (and a parent that was originally scheduled for inform - who ended up judging HI) that our inform and oration panels were stripped of the adult and replaced with an additional senior college credit student). Several coaches asked about the panels and at the time I knew we had 4 students and the adult. We had scheduled panels for our Rounds 1 and 2 Inform, Oration rooms that consisted of 1 parent and 4 college credit seniors not enrolled or competing in forensics - with the parent ballot to be the "official score" and the other four ballots scored by the cc seniors but not used in the tabulation of the tournament and returned to the students competing. Each CC speech student was issued ballots and the parent judge was to use the competitor ballots as normal. It took quite some time to receive results for round 1 for inform and oration as we were trying to ascertain what happened with round 1. We chose to utilize the scores the panel provided. We subsequently removed the cc speech students from the panels round 2 and only used adult judges. Looking at what happened we will not be continuing this practice. It was well intended for the competitors to receive more feedback and the cc students to see quality speech pretensions.

KSHSAA Ruling: Total the events in question with round 2, 3, and finals judges, and re-submit the qualifiers to the KSHSAA.

2016-17 Speech & Drama Rule Changes

Changes adopted by the KSHSAA Executive Board and published in the 2016-17 Debate, Speech & Drama manual:

1. Permit electronic reading devices for prose and poetry by adding the following language to the manual.

  • Section 3 Selection (a) “Printed” shall be interpreted to mean the printed manuscript, a typewritten copy, or a word processed copy. The use of a printed manuscript on an electronic reading device or tablet computer is allowed. (e) No properties shall be allowed, including electronic or computer-generated sound effects or visuals.

2.Add a new grievance procedure for the State Championship by adding the following language to the manual (as a new section G):

  • G. When the list of titles (for performance at State) comes from KSHSAA, any coach with a protest regarding publication or genre has until the Tuesday noon before the Saturday of the State Tournament to file that protest with the tournament manager. For the challenge, the coach must provide some proof of non-compliance with publication guidelines or event guidelines. To prove publication and/or genre compliance, the responding coach need provide only one source of verification. The decision of the grievance committee will be rendered within 24 hours of filing and shall be considered final.

Definition of Published
Selections must come from literature that is published and copyrighted. “Published” literature shall be defined as any material that is available to the general public with the exception of original material published by local high school publications such as a newspaper, literary magazine, or yearbook. Scripts from the Internet are acceptable if they include:

  1. A receipt or photocopy of the receipt of purchase for the complete work from commercial sources, or
  2. Proof of current Internet source’s existence, such as its inclusion on an electric-reader or indication of valid URL. [Continue]


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Speech Champions







Overland Park-Blue Valley HS

Kansas City-Sumner Academy HS

Kansas City-Piper HS

Norton Community HS

Ellis HS

Jetmore-Hodgeman County HS













[Previous State Champions]


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