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  1. Hello! We are actively looking for policy debate coaches in the West Michigan area. East Kentwood is one school seeking coaches. There are several opportunities within this school and other schools in the area. If you are interested, please email at: Ellen.Zwarensteyn (at) kentwoodps.org and visit www.kentwoodps.org to officially apply. East Kentwood is a competitive policy debate school dedicated to developing policy debate in Michigan while providing competitive experiences for our students locally and nationally.
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    Hello! Just an update on MOSSA. We are excited to have received essay scholarship entries and a few award nomination forms. The round robins were scheduled for this weekend. We will be taking entries until 5pm tonight. Without a few more, we will cancel the round robin for the weekend. It can be rescheduled or just hosted again next year. The community awards and scholarship will be given regardless of the tournament. Full invite with nomination/essay forms can be found at www.themossa.org Thank you, Ellen
  3. Hello, We are looking to hire a judge or two for the Homewood Flossmoor which is Friday - Sunday, February 25-27. If you are available, please email Ellen at Ellen.Zwarensteyn (at) kentwoodps.org Thank you, Ellen
  4. Information has been posted online at http://www.themossa.org Please come debate - coaches and students! A copy of the invite is below: Student Round Robin ~ Coaches Round Robin Community Banquet May 22, 2010 MOSSA cordially invites you to join us for the 14th annual Student Round Robin, 9th annual Coaches Round Robin, and our community banquet the weekend of May 22, 2010. We hope to provide a fun and ambitious community event. Time is allocated for a variety of activities and discussions to foster reflection, celebration and growth of our community. Why MOSSA? As a whole, we feel our debate community should reflect more on the individual participants and schools. We seek to acknowledge and celebrate the good in our community and continue to reflect to ensure we, as members of this community, grow as to increase debate quality and accessibility. MOSSA provides a fun way to conclude the season and help shape future generations of debaters, coaches, and community advocates. The Events: Student Round Robin. The primary purpose of the weekend is to combine competitive with creative and educational debates. We will feature 3 rounds of student competition. Coaches Round Robin. Calling all coaches and judges to return to the ring! One round will turn the tables on the coaches and students. As coaches/judges/innocent bystanders debate, the students will judge. Coaches may choose to challenge each other or challenge various judges. This event is intentionally fun and education while serving to raise funds for MOSSA’s scholarship and community banquet. Forums. During the traditional debate season, there is rarely time for students to formally gather and reflect on the community. MOSSA serves to provide an open forum for students to foster a community ethic in preserving, shaping, directing, changing the community from the student perspectives. Information is shared with the community through MOSSA’s publications and contact with other organizations. Forums also serve as a time to organize outreach efforts to mentor, encourage and increase participation in debate. Community Banquet. You are also invited to attend the MOSSA Annual Banquet. On Saturday, May 22nd awards will be given to honor programs and individuals who are making a difference in the community and at their schools. At the banquet, we will present these community awards along with the awards from the Round Robin. Please see the nomination form and return nominations asap. The MOSSA Journal. Bring articles and ideas for publication in the 2010 MOSSA Journal. Ideas from the forums may also be a springboard for article ideas. Student voices are encouraged. Location: The tournament will be held at East Kentwood High School in Kentwood, MI. The school is located just off of M-6 at 6230 Kalamazoo Ave; Kentwood, MI 49508. Maps can be sent upon request. Entries: Teams will be allowed entry on a first come first serve basis. Hybrids: Each hybrid team must receive consent in writing from their coaches and the tournament prior to entry. In addition, each team must be accompanied by an adult coach/chaperone at the tournament. Fees: Registration is $40.00 per team (both student and coach). We require a full judge per team. This means that each team entered is responsible for providing one judge to cover all preliminary and out rounds. (This should enable two judges in every round.) If you are unable to provide a full judge, then we can allot one for you at a cost of $100.00. Fees will be assessed 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday prior to the tournament. If any of these fees are at all a hindrance, please contact us. Fees should not preclude anyone from attending. Housing. We are trying to eliminate some of the usual tournament costs by providing housing for free to both students and coaches/judges. Participating students can be housed by local students, with coach permission. Coaches and judges are welcomed to stay at the reception during the Round Robin. Let us know of you housing needs prior to May 6th. There are several other hotels in the area. Contact us if you have any questions or desire hotel recommendations. Register soon! We look forward to seeing you! The members of MOSSA All Registration, Banquet Reservation and Award Nominations should be sent to: Ellen Zwarensteyn, MOSSA; 7096 Summit Hill Ct SE: Caledonia or East Kentwood High School; 6230 Kalamazoo Ave; Kentwood, MI 49508 Email: Ellen.Zwarensteyn@kentwoodps.org or ezwarensteyn@gmail.com Phone: (248) 321 4842 (cell) Schedule This schedule is subject to change and subject to the number of entries. Registration, tab, and the coaches’ lounge is located on the north side. Rounds listed by number indicate student rounds Rounds listed by letter indicate coaches rounds Saturday March 3, 2007 Refreshments: 9:30a.m. Round I: 10:00a.m. – Student Round II: 12:00a.m. – Student Round III: 3:00 p.m. – Student Round A: 5:00 p.m. – Coaches Banquet/Dinner Seating: 6:45 p.m. Awards and Community Banquet Registration Form Student Round Robin Entries: School(s) Coach/Director(s) Team One:* Debater 1 Debater 2 Judge(s) Judge Preclusions: ______________ (one judge per 2 person team) Email Contact(s): ____________________________ Phone Contact(s): ___________________________ *If hybrid, written permission from each student’s coach must be received. An adult coach/chaperone must be present. Please include any housing requests prior to May 18. Indicate any dietary restrictions here: ___________________________ Replicate this information for multiple teams. Teams are $40 an entry. Uncovered judges are $100 per team. Email us if you have any difficulty with the fees. Coaches Round Robin Entries: Team: Affiliation (if any): Debater 1 Debater 2 Email Contact(s): ____________________________ Phone Contact(s): ___________________________ Please indicate any student judges you will be bringing: Banquet Reservations: Please indicate any and all names who will be attending the banquet on Saturday evening. Participants debating (student or coach) have their banquet paid for by entry fees. People not participating in the round robin are invited to attend at a price of $20.00 per person. Please indicate names: Any dietary restrictions: Please return to: Ellen Zwarensteyn, MOSSA; 7096 Summit Hill Ct SE; Caledonia, MI 49316 or East Kentwood High School; 6230 Kalamazoo Ave; Kentwood, MI 49508 Email: Ellen.Zwarensteyn@kentwoodps.org or ezwarensteyn@gmail.com Phone: (248) 321 4842 (cell) Scholarship Money! MOSSA is proud to announce its annual writing contests! The winners of the contests will receive a minimum of two hundred dollars to go toward either debate institute or post-high school education. Winning essays will also be featured in the MOSSA Journal/Website. Eligibility. All high school debaters are eligible. A student may enter both essay options, however, will only be able to win one. There will be a separate winner for each essay option. Judging. Essays will be judged by a multi-person panel. The panel shall consist of persons from the academic, professional and debate communities. Winners will be announced at the community banquet. The Topics. Topic One. The first topic asks students to reflect on this year’s debate resolution and answer the following question: What action, if any, should the federal government take to assist persons living in poverty? Please take this opportunity to reflect and deliberate over this year’s topic and develop a sound policy proposal based on your assessment of this year’s resolution. Topic Two. The second option asks you to reflect upon the meaning of debate beyond your high school experience. Please begin with analysis of how debate has aided your learning within high school and what you will bring from your debate education beyond high school graduation. Take this time to reflect what value debate has to your personal development and what long-term impact it has had or will have on you. Length and Formatting. Essays should be no more than 2000 words long and they must be received by MOSSA before May 20, 2010. Your name should only appear on the cover page of your essay. Your name must not be on the actual pages of your essay. On the cover page, please include: title of essay, your name, grade, address, phone, email, school, school address, coach’s name, principal’s name. Your name should only appear on the cover page and not the essay itself. You may mail or email your essay address provided. Confirmation will be sent upon receipt. Entry indicates agreement to publication within the MOSSA Journal. We hope you take this opportunity to turn this year’s debate topic into scholarship money! Please return to: Ellen Zwarensteyn, MOSSA; 7096 Summit Hill Ct SE; Caledonia, MI 49316 or East Kentwood High School; 6230 Kalamazoo Ave; Kentwood, MI 49508 Email: Ellen.Zwarensteyn@kentwoodps.org or ezwarensteyn@gmail.com Phone: (248) 321 4842 (cell) MOSSA Award Nomination Form MOSSA (Michigan Organization for Students in Speech Activities) recognizes debaters, teams and coaches who contribute to the debate community. To do this effectively and accurately, we ask for your help with the following information. Please nominate individuals and programs in the categories listed below. Please suggest other categories for presentation at the banquet. We appreciate input. Please return information prior to May 20, 2010. Nominations can include individuals from any school. The awards: Up and Coming Debater We understand how difficult the second year of debate can be for young debaters. This award recognizes someone who has completed her/his second year of debate and is debating again in high school next year. Keep in mind the characteristics of a successful debater who is ready for, or has made the transition into, competitive varsity debate. Most Improved Team (Novice and Varsity) We wish to recognize team members and coaches which have undergone significant changes within their program during the year affording them competitive success. Please nominate those programs, both novice and varsity, who demonstrate improvement and a deep commitment to future success. Joseph Hadeed Most Improved Debater In honor of Joe Hadeed who put much of his heart and soul into MOSSA, we wish to honor debaters who followed his lead and dedicated themselves to self and community improvement. This awards means a great deal to us at MOSSA as it serves to honor his memory and honor a senior debater who has demonstrated remarkable improvement throughout the year. Spirit of Debate This award is extremely important to MOSSA. This award will recognize those individuals who are competitively successful in debate and give back to debate and the community at large. This should be a senior debater who devotes time to debate, school and outside activities. The award will recognize someone who embodies the sprit of debate – balancing competition while being engaged in the community at large. Include information regarding extra-curricular activities, activism, character, performance in school, and commitment to success in debate. . Returning Debaters We recognize the importance of former debaters who return to give back to their community. Please indicate those who have helped coach programs. Include names, graduation year and high school of coaching. Please Include their current contact information as well. Lifetime Achievement We wish to acknowledge the teachers and coaches who have made a positive and significant commitment to debate. Please notify us of any coaches stepping down from their positions as teachers and/or coaches. Include all the information you feel is necessary for their recognition. Thank you in advance! Please return to: Ellen Zwarensteyn, MOSSA; 7096 Summit Hill Ct SE; Caledonia, MI 49316 or East Kentwood High School; 6230 Kalamazoo Ave; Kentwood, MI 49508 Email: Ellen.Zwarensteyn@kentwoodps.org or ezwarensteyn@gmail.com Phone: (248) 321 4842 (cell)
  5. The varsity rounds will occur in the Kirkhof center on Thursday and Friday. The novice rounds on Friday and Saturday and the varsity elims on Saturday will be at Lake Superior hall. A campus map can be found at http://www.gvsu.edu/tour/adaleweb.pdf
  6. Please send any final entries into gvsu.debate.tournament@gmail.com GVSU is brimming with excitement and ready to host a great tournament. Information about GVSU: http://websrv-gr.server.gvsu.edu/gvnow/index.htm?articleId=7BD59001-CDB5-CB5F-31D9AC3397F00DB4 Please see invite above for tournament details. Schedule: Day 1 – Thursday Day 2 – Friday Day 3 – Saturday 11:30am Registration Pairings Released 9:30am Round 4 9:00am Pairings Released 12:30pm Round 1 12:00pm Round 5 10:00am 1st elimination round 3:00pm Round 2 2:00pm Lunch Reception Remarks from GVSU Award Presentation 5:30pm Round 3 4:30pm Round 6 Elimination rounds to follow as warranted with Award Presentation Dinner Elimination Round Brackets Released PM Novice Two day tournament – 5 preliminary debates advancing to semi-finals or finals Friday Saturday 2:00pm Registration and Lunch Reception Welcome Remarks from GVSU 9:00am Round 3 4:30pm Round 1 11:30am Round 4 7:00pm Round 2 Break 2:00pm Round 5 4:30pm Elimination Round 7:00pm Elimination Round
  7. Please note - varsity is filling up fast. Please register asap to reserve your spot. There is more space in novice, however, we recommend emailing your intent to attend asap!
  8. GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY DEBATE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES FEBRUARY 4-6, 2009 Dear Friends and Colleagues, We would like to invite your policy debate program to the Grand Valley State University Debate Championship Tournament. On behalf of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Communication, we welcome you to Grand Valley State University and offer a tournament designed to offer the finest competition and outstanding hospitality. Our vision for a state tournament offers time for students to mingle with other students, time for coaches to spend time with each other, and a luncheon to reflect and celebrate our community. All rounds and events will be hosted on the Allendale campus, located just west of Grand Rapids. Divisions For the February 2010 tournament we are offering one varsity division and one novice division. The varsity division will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The novice division will run Friday and Saturday. A school will be able to enter two squad units in each division. Teams This is not a typical 2 person event. Our philosophy celebrates being able to enter a tournament as an entire school with a few modifications. In each division, a school will have a maximum of two squads. These squads will correspond to the school’s colors. For instance, if the school East South Hampton entered and their school colors are red and blue, then there will be a East South Hampton Red and East South Hampton Blue. A school must choose which students will represent one color (in the example Red) and which will represent the other color (in the example Blue). A roster of who is debating on which squad must be entered at a date to be set prior to the tournament. Students may NOT substitute between colors – once a roster is set students cannot move between colors. Students may be switched within the roster of each color without limitation between rounds. Should both squads from a school qualify for elimination rounds, they shall merge and take on the better seed. In this situation, students from either squad could compete in the elimination rounds. This also means that all lower seeds would improve by one and that another squad would advance to the elims. A school may choose to enter as one school with one team (East South Hampton) and may substitute debaters without limitation between rounds. Special Note for 2010-2011. Grand Valley State University is committed to helping create opportunities for civic engagement in Michigan, and increasing participation in high school policy debate is one of our goals. Thus, we hope to make this end-of-the-season tournament an on-going event. We are also committed to creating a structure to the tournament so as to ensure a relatively fair allocation of resources, student population, coaching preferences, and/or experience. Having studied various structures, we believe that hosting a "packet division" is one way to increase participation and encourage schools to participate in this valuable activity. Teams in the packet division would use a set packet of evidence created by the tournament. There would be two divisions within both varsity and novice; there would be a packet evidence division in novice and varsity and an open evidence division in novice and varsity. This type of structure has been very successful at aiding the growth of debate in other leagues and around the country. During this year's tournament, we hope you'll share your thoughts about adding packet divisions for next year's championship. Fees Grand Valley State University is generously sponsoring team entries. The only cost to you is a per person cost. A $10 per person fee will be administered to all individuals including judges, coaches, parents, and students to cover costs of food and hospitality. Judges may be available to hire on a first-come, first-come basis. Judges in the novice division are charged $150 per squad unit and $250 per varsity squad unit. Please contact the tournament prior to January 15 if this fee is prohibitive. Tournament Structure - Varsity We believe the GVSU championships should be as enjoyable as possible given the competitive intensity. This structure should facilitate the best debates possible with adequate time for coaching and judging feedback. Below is a tentative schedule for the varsity division. Day 1 – Thursday Day 2 – Friday Day 3 – Saturday 11:00am Registration Pairings Released 9:30am Round 4 9:00am Pairings Released 12:00pm Round 1 12:00pm Round 5 10:00am 1st elimination round 2:30pm Round 2 2:00pm Lunch Reception Remarks from GVSU Award Presentation 5:00pm Round 3 5:00pm Round 6 Elimination rounds to follow as warranted with Award Presentation Dinner Elimination Round Brackets Released PM Novice Two day tournament – 5 preliminary debates advancing to semi-finals or finals Friday Saturday 2:00pm Registration and Lunch Reception Welcome Remarks from GVSU 9:00am Round 3 5:00pm Round 1 11:30am Round 4 7:30pm Round 2 Break 2:00pm Round 5 4:30pm Elimination Round 7:00pm Elimination Round Judging Each school must supply ½ judge per squad entered in the tournament – a team entering two squads in a division may supply one full judge. There will be 1 judge per preliminary round and 3 judges per elimination round. All judges are obligated for all elimination rounds – we will release judges as soon as possible, however. That is, we will create panels for all possible final round pairings during the semi-finals and release those judges that cannot judge any final round combination. All judges will be assigned using Mutual Preference Judging. MPJ is a system that assigns judges to debate rounds based on preference ratings supplied by the coaches of the schools. Coaches must rate which judges are most preferred, preferred, or least preferred. The tab software will then seek to optimize the allocation of judges so that every round is judged by somebody that is most preferred. If it is not possible to achieve this for every round, the computer will assign judges that are preferred by both teams before it assigns a judge that is most preferred by one team and only preferred by the other team. Each judge must sign a statement of ethics and responsibility regarding conduct, language and intent. This, combined with a judge philosophy (which shall include the number of rounds judged on the topic), will certify a judge for the tournament. All judge philosophies must be available one week before the tournament for a judge to be entered in the pool. Should any judge behave in a way that violates the code of ethics, they will be removed and not paid for their service. Lodging There is not a tournament hotel per se. We have contacted the Sleep Inn in Allendale and secured a block of rooms at a reduced rate of $65 per night. This rate expires on January 21st but will remain available as long as open rooms remain. The Sleep Inn is the closest hotel to the campus. The address is 4869 Becker, Allendale, MI 49401 and the phone number is 616 892 8000. The next closest hotel to Allendale is the Rodeway Inn Coopersville. It is about 9 miles and 20 minutes from the Sleep Inn. Their regular rate is $60 per night. The address is 1040 O’Malley, Coopersville, MI 49404 and the phone number is 616 837 8100. For those teams wishing to stay closer to Grand Rapids, the nearest hotel to Allendale is the Hampton Inn North at 500 Center Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544. The phone number is 616 647 1000. Their typical rate is $95 per night. This hotel is about 25 minutes from Allendale. If you’re looking for the downtown Grand Rapids feel, the most affordable hotel is the newly-renovated Holiday Inn at 310 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids MI, 49504. Their quoted rate is $112 per night and the phone number is 616 235 7611. This hotel is also about 25 minutes from Allendale. Hospitality Currently, the tournament is scheduled to provide lunch on Friday, and breakfast & lunch on Saturday. The rounds on Thursday and early Friday will be held in the student center, with easy access to a food court. Additional details about hospitality, parking, and registration will be provided upon entry. Registration Please send all registration information or questions to gvsu.debate.tournament@gmail.com. Registration should include the typical information about number of teams and judges. Additionally, because the fees are per person, we would like receive information about all persons attending the tournament so we can get an accurate count for catering and other meals. We sincerely appreciate your consideration, Danielle Wiese Leek, PhD Assistant Professor School of Communications Grand Valley State University (616) 331-8090 Email: gvsu.debate.tournament@gmail.com
  9. This is where we are: Brother Rice CH (Michael Crowe & Evan Hebert) Cadillac GJ (Alex Gerding & Devin Johnson) Cadillac WRV (Jessica Weaver & Roberson/Verhagen) Dexter HK (Lukas Hosford & Matt Kaas) East Kentwood BC (Devon Boone & Shantel Clark) East Kentwood BG (Brandan Bilski & Brandon Gafford) East Kentwood BS (Rochelle Bullen & Rayquel Scroggins) East Kentwood BaGr (Abby Bartlett & Gurgen Grigoryan) East Kentwood GJ (Anthony Gibson & Jennifer Johncock) East Kentwood GS (Taylor Graham & Taylor Sanchez) East Kentwood LO (Cody Leedham & Mitchell O'Brien) East Kentwood MP (Ricky May & Troy Patton) East Kentwood MS (Albrei Mudry & Ben Smale) East Kentwood MT (Austin Millard & Zachary Tew) Eisenhower BM (Amanda Barnes & Sydney Machesky) Eisenhower GM (Ryan Miller & Justin Gawronski) Eisenhower KM (Garrett Kohler & Michael Manning) Eisenhower M (Albert Ma & Albert Ma) Forest Hills Central AA Groves D (Alesia Dunlap & Alesia Dunlap) Groves GK (Nick Glover & Austin Kue) Groves KP (Hannah Katz & Margeaux Phillips) Groves NS (Carina Nikoriak & Ellen Searle) Groves SS (Eli Sherman & Holly Sterling) Mona Shores DH (Alex Dippel & Ricky Hall) Mona Shores GBS (Serena Gale-Butto & Morgan Schwing) Mona Shores GP (Sam Grimm & Haley Perkins) Mona Shores MJ (Audrey Maxson & Emma Jones) Mona Shores MW (Scout Morton & Abby Wilson) Mona Shores SW (Tyler Slamkowski & Kyle Willson) Mona Shores WW (Travis Wheeler & Donna Wilcox) Traverse City Central BC (Clark Belanger & Evan Cover) Traverse City Central BG (Amanda Burns & Alex Gill) Traverse City Central BQ (David Blesh & Kevin Query) Traverse City Central BS (Connor Becker & Katie Stanton) Traverse City Central CH (Kennedy Cullen & Brandon Henton) Traverse City Central CT (Erin Cover & Niki Tubacki) Traverse City Central FP (Daniel Fedor & Mike Payne) Traverse City Central HT (Sophie Hutchison & Skylar Thompson) Traverse City Central TW (Nick Thomas & Andy Wynkoop)
  10. We are so excited to host the EK debate invitational this weekend. We wanted to ensure everyone received the most up to date copy of the invite - including our special activities for the weekend. Please note - we are starting earlier on Friday so teams can have an extended dinner (with special events) and get home Friday at a reasonable hour. Special Events Include (Get ready....) - Pumpkin carving contest - Tub Toss - Guess the cards in the file (our version of guess the # of m&ms in a jar) - Other events There will be time during dinner for coaches to talk. Dinner and Lunch basic items will be provided for by the tournament. Additional snacks may be purchased. ___ Invite ______ Dear Debate Colleagues, The East Kentwood Debate Tournament cordially invites you to East Kentwood for a weekend of debate. Please reserve the weekend of October 16-17, 2009 and join us. We aim to provide a fun environment for quality and educational debates. DIVISIONS We will feature five preliminary rounds of two-person Novice, Junior Varsity, and Varsity switch-side policy debate. The tournament recommends that Novice debaters be in their first competitive year of debate and Junior Varsity competitors be in their first or second year of debate. The tournament will also host four rounds of Saturday-only four-person Open debate. Teams composed of the same two debaters for all rounds and from the same school will be eligible for elimination rounds. All debaters that compete in all rounds will be eligible for speaker awards. All rounds will occur at East Kentwood High School. AWARDS Personalized certificates will be awarded to the top ten speakers in each division and to the teams advancing to elimination rounds. We hope to award some specialized school awards to the schools traveling the furthest and bringing the most competitors. Several other events throughout the weekend may also warrant special awards. SPECIAL EVENTS During our extended dinner time, we will host a series of fun, competitive events. Pumpkin carving, tub toss and guess the number of cards in a file are a few of this year’s special events. Appropriate prizes will be awarded! REGISTRATION AND DEADLINES To register, send an e-mail to ekdebate@gmail.com with contestant names and judge information. Entries are due the Wednesday prior to the tournament at 4:00pm. Registration fees will also be frozen 4:00 PM on the Wednesday before the tournament. We may be able to take additional teams after the deadline if space permits. If entries warrant, we will send out mutual preference sheets. Preference sheets are due 9:00 AM Friday morning. FEES & JUDGING The entry fee is $60 per two-person Varsity or Junior Varsity entry and $60 per four-person Open entry. A half-judge is required for every two debaters. Schools who cannot provide judges may hire from the tournament for $90 per half-judge in the two-person divisions or $120 per full-judge in the Saturday-only division. Judges are committed to one round beyond their school’s elimination. Please contact the tournament if the entry fees are a barrier to your team’s participation. FOOD Meals for students, judges, coaches and observers will be provided by the tournament. Snacks will be available at a reasonable cost. TRAVEL East Kentwood is located at 6230 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Kentwood, MI, 49508 M6 and Kalamazoo is the nearest highway intersection. Parking is available in the north central lot the days of the tournament. Registration will occur in the main foyer by the commons. LODGING There are several hotels within minutes of the tournament. Holiday Inn Express (877) 531-5084 – 6569 Clay Ave, Grand Rapids, MI, 49548 Amerihost Inn - (616) 827-9900 - 7625 Caterpillar Court, Byron Center, MI 49315 Comfort Inn - (616) 957-2080 - 4155 28th St., Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Super 8 (formerly the Exel Inn) (616) 957-3000 - 4855 28th St., Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Fairfield Inn (616) 940-2700 - 3930 Stahl Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 SCHEDULE Please note that we are starting a bit earlier on Friday . Wednesday, October 14 4:00 Fees Frozen Friday, October 16 9:00 Judge Prefs Due (if number of entries warrant) 11:30 Coach Gathering? (tba) 12:30 Registration 1:00 Pairings 1:30 Round 1 3:30 Round 2 5:30 Dinner, Events, & Forum 7:15 Round 3 Saturday, January 10 8:00 Pairings 8:30 Round 4 10:45 Round 5 12:30 Lunch 1:00 Quarters 3:30 Awards 3:45 Semis 6:00 Finals Coach Gathering We look forward to seeing you in October! Thank you, The East Kentwood Debate Team Pete Battey, Tournament Director ekdebate@gmail.com (616) 308-6786 Ellen Zwarensteyn, Director of Debate ellen.zwarensteyn@kentwoodps.org (248) 321-4842
  11. MOSSA will be hosting several events this year. Possibly an alternative state finals tournament as well. Discuss.
  12. Hey all - the activity and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated. What MOSSA has done is decided to postpone the event until later this spring. We didn't have the commitment we needed to host the event and (even though we bought the snacks) will host something later on - if the teams are there! We will still be announcing and sending awards as part of our mission and promise! Keep writing that you are interested - and it will happen later this spring!
  13. Hello, I am trying to gather data about what teachers and doing to accommodate for their time away from school (and the debate travel schedule). I am collecting data to see if there are schools that provide extra release time for debate coaches or do something to compensate for the time. So if you are in a district that compensates you for your time (extra prep, class schedule choice,etc.) please write back and let me know. Also, if you are on staff as a full time debate person, indicate that as well. I will try to compile results (and my proposal) for others to use in the future. Thank you, Ellen Zwarensteyn Ellen.Zwarensteyn@kentwoodps.org
  14. MOSSA - STUDENT & COACH DEBATES! It's that time again! Students, find those arguments you wanted to debate all year! Coaches, get ready to debate! The MOSSA is here! The Michigan Organization for Students in Speech Activities is hosting its annual round robin this Feb 29-March 1 at Case Hall at Michigan State University. A few highlights: Student round robin Student forum - published to THE MOSSA.ORG for statewide reading. Coaches' debates - thats right - students get your coaches to debate and you, yes you, get to judge those debates. And... the highlight The Community Awards Please nominate your peers for the MOSSA Community Awards. It means a lot to us as a community to celebrate and honor those who embody excellence in the activity. Please take a few moments to vote... Plus scholarships FIND ALL THIS AND MORE AT... http://WWW.THEMOSSA.ORG JOIN US!!!
  15. It's that time again! Students, find those arguments you wanted to debate all year! Coaches, get ready to debate! The MOSSA is here! The Michigan Organization for Students in Speech Activities is hosting its annual round robin this Feb 29-March 1 at Case Hall at Michigan State University. A few highlights: Student round robin Student forum - published to THE MOSSA.ORG for statewide reading. Coaches' debates - thats right - students get your coaches to debate and you, yes you, get to judge those debates. And... the highlight The Community Awards Please nominate your peers for the MOSSA Community Awards. It means a lot to us as a community to celebrate and honor those who embody excellence in the activity. Please take a few moments to vote... Plus scholarships FIND ALL THIS AND MORE AT... http://WWW.THEMOSSA.ORG JOIN US!!!
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