Singing River Classic

2021 — Pascagoula, MS/US

Dear Speech & Debate Community,

It is our pleasure to formally invite you to attend the 2021-2022 Singing River Classic at Pascagoula High School. The challenges we faced in the past two seasons leave us especially eager and overjoyed to host you on our campus November 12-13.

Please review the MHSAA Covid19 protocols. Strict adherence to safety protocols increases the likelihood that we can continue to enjoy in-person experiences this year. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.


We will offer Novice & Varsity Public Forum, Novice & Varsity Lincoln-Douglas, and Policy Debates on Friday evening. Congressional Debate will be offered on Saturday. Students entered in Congressional Debate may not enter Individual Events. Students entered in other debate events may enter up to one Individual Event in Flight A and up to two Individual Events in Flight B. LD and PF will debate five preliminary rounds on Friday with elimination rounds on Saturday during Flight A. Policy will debate four preliminary rounds on Friday with elimination rounds on Saturday.


Individual Events will be offered in two Flights, A & B, on Saturday. Please visit the Mississippi Speech & Debate website for event rules and descriptions.

Flight A: Novice & Varsity Prose, Dramatic Interpretation, Duet Acting, Original Oratory, Program Oral Interpretation, Impromptu, and Expository Speaking*

Flight B: Novice & Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Novice & Varsity Poetry, Declamation*, Storytelling*, and Informative Speaking

*Expos, Story, and Dec are for 9th and 10th grade students only


The top three schools will be recognized in Speech Sweepstakes, Debate Sweepstakes, and Overall Sweepstakes. 


In the midst of dealing with the challenges of Covid19, last December our beloved middle school coach, Mr. Larry Bates, passed away. Mr. Bates was a wonderful teacher and mentor; he was passionate, encouraging, and kind. The Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 would like to honor his memory by awarding a junior or senior forensics student who exemplifies these qualities. If you would like to nominate a junior or senior student, please email to request a nomination form. All nominations must be received by November 5, 2021 by 2 pm.


Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to hosting you IN PERSON, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, very soon! 


Jessica Wilkinson,

Director of Forensics

Pascagoula High School

1716 Tucker Avenue

Pascagoula, MS 39567