Evanston Speak of The Devil Invitational

2022 — Evanston, WY/US

We cordially invite you to the 2022 Speak of the Devil Invitational tournament on Friday and Saturday, December 16-17 at Evanston High School.


We will be offering the following events:

Pattern A (HOPE pattern)

Humor (HI)

Oratory (OO)

Poetry (PO)

Extemp (EX)

Congress (CD)

Informative (IN)

Impromptu (IMP)

Pattern B (D pattern, plus POI)

Public Forum (PF)

Lincoln-Douglas (LD)

Policy Debate (CX)

Drama (DI)

Duo (DUO)

Program Oral Interpretation (POI)

  • In all HOPE pattern events, we will have three preliminary rounds. The debate events in the D pattern will have a 4th preliminary round.

  • Humor, Oratory, Drama, and Duo must be memorized.

  • Extemporaneous questions, both international and domestic, will be taken from the January, December, and November NFHS (link is in the monthly state newsletter) and NSDA questions (available on the NSDA website.)

  • For Debates, Extemp, and Congress, competitors may use the Internet subject to the NSDA Internet rules. We will provide WiFi access, but note that there is no guarantee that competitors can access material when they need it. An offline backup is strongly encouraged.


Registration will close at 9 a.m. the day of the tournament.

Please register early, as entries will be limited. Once limits are reached, entrants will be wait-listed. We will likely be able to accommodate all potential entrants, but space is limited.


All individual events will be assessed a $12.00 fee per entry. Partner events will be assessed a $18.00 fee per entry.


Students may double or triple at their own risk. Students doubling in extemporaneous speaking may not receive complete prep time. Students may double in any debate except for Policy, but risk forfeiture if they are more than 15 minutes late for their debate round (this is especially important with flighted debates.)

Debate Resolutions


Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in one or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity.


We will be using the November/December topic:

Resolved: The People’s Republic of China ought to prioritize environmental protection over economic growth.

Public Forum

We will be using the November/December topic:

Resolved: The United States’ strategy of Great Power Competition produces more benefits than harms.

Ties in debate will be broken by power of opposition first, followed by speaker points.


We will be using paper ballots for this tournament.


Trophies will be awarded to the top two finishers in each event. Third place will receive a medal. Finalists 4th-6th in individual events and Congress will receive a candy bar and a ribbon. Sweepstakes trophies will be awarded to the first and second place teams in Small School (1A/2A) and Large School (3A/4A) categories.


We will have dance cards indicating when each coach or accompanying judge will be scheduled. Coaches may be asked to judge during the course of the tournament. Accompanying judges are VERY welcome.

Contact Info

Katie Pollard - kpollard@uinta1.com

Clarissa Cole - ccole@uinta1.com

Rebekah McFadden - rmcfadden@uinta1.com

EHS Speech and Debate Coaches

We look forward to seeing you in Evanston!

Friday, Dec. 16

2:00-3:00 PM


3:30 PM

D Pattern - Round 1

5:00 PM

HOPE Pattern - Round 1 (extemp draw embedded)

6:30 PM

D Pattern -Round 2

8:00 PM

HOPE Pattern - Round 2

Saturday, Dec. 17

8:00 AM

D Pattern - Round 3

9:30 AM

HOPE Pattern - Round 3

11:00 AM

Debates- Round 4

1:00 PM

HOPE Pattern - Finals

2:30 PM

D Pattern - Finals

4:30 PM

Awards (tentative)