ML Speech Contest Resources

Quick Access #

WISDAA orders SpeechWire for our official WISDAA festivals, to push registration data for scheduling and tabulation.

Training Course

This free course walks festival managers through planning and preparing festivals, as well as using SpeechWire.

Request Contest #

Middle Level hosts/managers must first request to host festivals by clicking the button to the right and completing the request form. Once approved, you may return to the form at right to access SpeechWire login information (which also will be emailed directly to you).

Inclusive Contests: Best Practices #


The National Speech & Debate Association has a number of free diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) resources for contests, including an Inclusive Tournament Checklist, Gender Neutral Restroom Best Practices, Pronoun Usage Best Practices, and Belonging and Inclusion Station implementation guide.

Please review contest checklists in the Middle/High School Speech Handbook, which specifically references checking accessibility requests made in SpeechWire by coaches for contestants and/or adjudicators.

Another consideration, helpful for students, coaches, or adjudicators who are neurodivergent or need a quiet place to pray, is a quiet room.

Accessing Registration Data #

Before the state office “pushes” entries/adjudicator data from initial statewide registration to festivals, managers can review registration status and entries by festival by clicking buttons for the two status screens below (the state office will email contest managers the password to access the screen).

Arranging WIFI Access #

Managers interested in making WIFI must accessible by adjudicators must first confirm their school has a public/guest WIFI network, or can make one available during the festival.

Adjudicator Electronic Evaluation #

Managers of WISDAA Speech contests have the ability to optionally enable electronic evaluation (e-ballots) in SpeechWire. Adjudicators who wish can evaluate electronically; others can still complete paper forms.

  1. Managers should check with school IT personnel for any special instructions for connecting, and communicate to coaches and their adjudicators ahead of the festival.
  2. Please tell coaches that adjudicators who are interested should bring a laptop/tablet.
  3. Once you start your festival, adjudicators who want to will log into with the email listed on the Judge dashboard in your SpeechWire manager, access their rounds, type their evaluations and award points. You won’t even have to tabulate their results; they will come in automatically.

Printing Forms #

WISDAA sends evaluation sheets to high school subdistricts and districts; middle level 1 and 2 festivals. Toggle-open the information to see a key to colors. If you need to run more copies, you do not need to match; this is just for reference to help sort different categories (and unfortunately, there are not enough unique colors from our printing supplier to differentiate all categories, anyway).

Contest hosts/managers will print paper ballots (sheet with entry information for each round/section/room) directly from SpeechWire.

Photocopying Forms – Colors

Middle High Category Paper Color
Demonstration Speech Pastel Green
Extemporaneous Speech Pastel Gray
Farrago Goldenrod
Group Interpretive Reading Pastel Salmon
Impromptu Cosmic Orange
Informative Lunar Blue
Moments in History Pulsar Pink
News Reporting Pastel Green
Non-original Oratory Goldenrod
Oratory Terra Green
Persuasive Speech Terra Green
Play Acting Pastel Canary
Poetry Reading Pastel Orchid
Prose Reading Pastel Blue
Public Address Speech Sunburst Yellow
Radio News Reporting Pastel Green
Solo Acting (Humorous/Serious) Pastel Ivory
Special Occasion Cosmic Orange
Storytelling Pastel Pink
Adjudicator Guidelines Re-Entry Red
Ballot (SpeechWire generates) White
speech forms inventory

Manual Scheduling #