2024 State Speech Information


Important notes for preparing for the State Speech Festival, April 19-20, 2024.

Registration Confirmation #

Schools have until Wednesday, April 10, 2023, to re-register/confirm on SpeechWire for the WISDAA State Speech Festival.  All schools must log in, add adjudicators (or acknowledge the $200/uncovered adjudicator) and complete the Confirm Entries step. Schools also may pre-order merchandise directly within SpeechWire; however, placing such an order does obligate the school to that financial commitment. To begin, click the button to Access SpeechWire and log in, or if logged in, click the Registration icon.

T-Shirts/Merchandise #

Schools are encouraged to pre-order through SpeechWire (you can generate a separate merchandise invoice right from the order page); individuals may purchase directly on our website, but no T-shirts will be shipped before the State Festival. No merchandise will be released at the festival without payment (or a school purchase order). There will be a limited inventory on-hand at the festival, so pre-order by 12 Noon on Monday, April 1 to guarantee 2024 shirts.

Virtual Option #

The Virtual timeslot may be requested for entries through the re-registration/confirmation process in SpeechWire; Extemp/Impromptu/Radio materials will be posted Monday, April 15 on the State Festival SpeechWire Information page (link to be posted closer to the festival); videos are due Monday, April 22, and adjudication will happen April 24-26 (only one video is required; for Storytelling, select one of the three stories). Schools with virtual entries must provide adjudicators or pay $200 for each uncovered adjudicator.

  • Radio, Impromptu, Extemp materials posted Mon. 4/15/24
  • State Video Due: Mon., 4/22/2023
  • Adjudication: 4/24-4/26
  • Evaluations released Sat., 4/27/2024

Social Media #

Whether you operate your own social media for your team or your school/school district does, please tag @wispeechdrama when you promote your team qualifying to State, as well as traveling to and participating at State! We will have a new WISDAA backdrop at the festival, and even some fun “photo booth” props, so come ready to promote all the great things your kids are doing! Hashtag for the event: #wisdaaspeech

Day-Of Protocols #

Contestant itineraries with buildings/rooms will be blasted Thursday, April 18. This is to allow us to be as accurate as possible; sending out information too soon forsakes our ability to adjust for drops and other issues and can foster confusion. 

Adjudicator itineraries will not be sent ahead of time; this is to ensure adjudicators check in and allows us more flexibility to make adjustments. As was the case before the pandemic, adjudicators will be asked to report to a central building to retrieve their assignment and materials. In lieu of an in-person meeting, we will be sending detailed reminders to adjudicators and inviting question submissions, and will be answering those.

Schools should pick up pre-ordered merchandise at the headquarters building (those details will be shared closer to the festival.

Guests #

Guests (such as family/friends of contestants) are welcome; however, coaches must inform students it is their responsibility to inform family/friends when and where (building + room) they are performing. To protect students’ privacy, festival staff will not share such information with individuals other than head coaches of record. Additionally, guests may not record (photo, film, audio) in any contest rooms. See further details, including address and map, at

Schedule #

State Speech Schedule #

Round → Fri 3:30pm Fri. 5:30pm Fri. 7:30pm Sat. 9:30am Sat. 11:30am
Arrive; pick up T-shirts, etc. students may gather at ___________ 2:15pm 4:15pm 6:15pm 8:15am 10:15am
Adjudicator packet pick-up; location: ____________ 2:30pm 4:30pm 6:30pm 8:30am 10:30am
Extemp/Radio contestants report to: ________ 2:45pm 4:45pm 6:45pm 8:45am 10:45am
Students may start reporting to rooms (enter once adjudicator is present) 3:15pm 5:15pm 7:15pm 9:15am 11:15am
Round begins 3:30pm 5:30pm 7:30pm 9:30am 11:30am
Claim medals (see instructions below); location: ________ After round After round After round After round After round

Maps #

Will be posted in early April.

Adjudicator Information #

Will be posted in early April.

Adjudicator/Rules Concerns #

Adjudicators, coaches, or contestants with questions or concerns about adherence to rules may bring those concerns to _____. Concerns pertaining to adjudicators must be filed online, following the festival (see button).

Claiming Awards (Medals)​ #

After the round, the coach or one adult brings evaluation sheets for verification (in case they haven’t been tabulated yet) and to collect awards at ___________. For students whose adjudicators evaluated them electronically, those scores will immediately appear in your State Speech Festival Registration area on SpeechWire (click “View scores” icon) and electronic evaluations will be released to schools by time slot, once all adjudicators from that time slot have completed their rounds.

Advancing to the State Festival is an achievement and earning awards beyond that represents rigorous standards. Coaches of four-year gold medalists should immediately claim the special medallion! Schools not retrieving awards at the festival for their team will be assessed a $25 handling fee, unless they have entries already participating in the virtual division.

Electronic Draw Instructions #

Important Dates #

  • Monday, April 1 (12 Noon): T-Shirt Pre-Orders Due
  • Friday, April 12: Final invoice and confirmation of entries
  • Monday, April 15: Extemp/Impromptu/Radio materials posted on SpeechWire (virtual)
  • Wednesday, April 17: Information sent to adjudicators (in-person)
  • Thursday, April 18: Contestant itineraries with rooms
  • In-person: Paper adjudicator ballot pickup/e-ballots released 1 hour prior to round
  • Monday, April 22: Reminder of videos due
  • Tuesday, April 23: Information for adjudicators (virtual)
  • Wednesday, April 24: Adjudication assignments
  • Saturday, April 27: Virtual evaluations/results released
  • Thursday, May 2 (5pm): Adjudicator appeals due
  • Monday, May 6: Announcement of school/team awards
  • Tuesday, May 7: Adjudicator appeal outcomes sent
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Updated on 01/24/2024
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