Warhawk Invitational

2023 — Nampa, ID/US

The 2023 Warhawk Invitational

Welcome to the 2023 Warhawk Invitational presented by Ridgevue High School in Nampa. We are excited to host you on our campus on Friday and Saturday, February 3-4, 2023.

Speech Events Friday, February 3, 2023

We will offer all 14 IHSAA speech events. We will run 3 rounds and students may double-enter unless they are in a draw event (Radio, Retold, and Extemp) or Panel. There will be medals for 1st through sixth place in each event. These, in addition to debate and sweepstakes awards, will be awarded Saturday at the end of the tournament.


3:00 pm-3:45 Teams and Judges Check-in in Cafeteria

3:45pm-3:55 Judge's Meeting in Judge's Lounge (Room 573)

4:00 pm-5:30 Draw and Round 1 – all Speech events

5:30 pm-7:00 Draw and Round 2 – all Speech events

7:00 pm-8:30 Draw and Round 3 – all Speech events

Debate Events Saturday, February 4, 2023

We will offer 4 prelim rounds and a gold/silver round of debate (CX, LD, PF). There will be 3 sessions of Congress and a finals round.

There will be gold and silver medals for all debate events, plaques for best speaker, gavels for top P.O.s, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place plaques for sweepstakes winners. The awards assembly (which will also include awards for Friday's speech events) will be Saturday evening at the end of the tournament.


7:30 am-7:45 Teams and Judges Check-in in Front Entry

7:45am-7:55 Judge's Meeting in Judge's Lounge (Room 130)

8:00 am-10:00 Round 1 – CX, LD, PF

8:10 am-10:30 Session 1 – Congress

10:15 am- 12:15 Round 2 – CX, LD, PF

11:00 am-1:20 Session 2 – Congress

12:30 pm-2:30 Round 3 – CX, LD, PF

1:50 pm-4:10 Session 3- Congress

2:45 pm-4:45 Round 4 – CX, LD, PF

5:00 pm-7:00 Round 5 – CX, LD, PF (finals)

4:40 pm-7:00 Session 4- Super Congress

7:30 pm-8:15 Awards Assembly (Speech and Debate) - Auditorium


Entry fees will be $8 per person per event.

1 judge covers 5 speech entries and 4 debate entries. Please be sure to provide judges who are capable of judging the events in which your students will participate.

For $100 per judge per day, Ridgevue will provide judges for those schools who cannot provide their own. Please let me know as soon as possible if you will need a judge. Judges are limited.

We ask that you do your best to make any changes prior to the drop/add deadline. There will be a $25 Nuisance Fee charged for any drop/add after Wednesday, Feb 1 at 5:00 pm MST.

Please make checks payable to Ridgevue Debate and mail to: 18800 Madison Road, Nampa, ID 83687. Thank you!

Rules and Topics

Event Rules: For information regarding the IHSAA Rules and Regulations that we follow for this tournament, please see the website at idhsaa.org under the "activities" tab.

Extemp Draw: We will use the NFHS questions from February 2023 for this tournament in prelims, where students may choose from either International or United States extemporaneous questions in draw. We will use the NSDA February questions in the final round.

Panel Discussion Topics: To what extent should people adapt their speech and behavior to avoid offending others? What should be done to prepare children for the difficult realities of life? Could the actions of citizens significantly reduce crime?

Radio and Retold Draws: Students will be given a page from a newspaper for Radio prep and 3 children’s books for Retold prep.

Congress Legislation: District 3's Spring Legislation packet for prelims and January 2023's NSDA practice docket for finals.


We will offer concessions. There are no food options near our campus, so we hope your students will take advantage of our offerings or make sure they bring their own. We plan on having pizza, hot dogs, salad, fruit, bottled water, juice, soda, chips, granola bars, muffins, carrot sticks, doughnuts, candy, frozen gogurts, and other snacks.

Pizza ordered before the day of the tournament will be $16 per pizza (18" Costco pizza freshly baked in our ovens) instead of the $18 we will charge on the date of the tournament. To order, please email shelly.gering@vallivue.org with your order and the time you'd like it to be delivered (or let me know that you'll tell the cook when you're ready to have it cooked). If desired, orders by coaches may be paid at the same time as the entry fees.

For judges and coaches, we will feed you dinner (pizza) Friday and a light breakfast (muffins, boiled eggs, and fruit) Saturday followed by tacos for lunch and chili for dinner. We will also have snacks and beverages available throughout each day in the judges' lounge.


The heat will be on, and we will have reliable wifi.

Please have school buses drop off students in the student parking lot on the north side of the school off Linden Rd and enter the school through the door on the north side. Judges may park in the front lot on the west side of campus. Registration for teams and judges will take place in the cafeteria on the northwest corner of the school. The judge's meeting will be held in the judge's lounge, which is in the lecture hall (off the southheast end of the cafeteria).

If you have any questions, please contact tournament host, Shelly Gering, at shelly.gering@vallivue.org or by phone at 208-570-7029. The students, team, coaches, and administration of Ridgevue look forward to welcoming you.

Best regards,

Shelly Gering