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12/4 Tournament Info

Here is the information you need for Saturday’s tournament at Neuqua!

Who’s going?

The tentative roster can be found here. Everyone is competing! Please let me know if there are any problems!

Be at Neuqua (main building) at 7:15a!

Because we have to clean up afterwards, don’t expect to be finished until 8:00p.

Extemp and Radio?

You will prep once in prelims and once in finals.

Food situation?

Those who have paid the Pushcoin fee can fill out this form if you would like lunch delivered to you.

11/20 Tournament Info

Here is the information you need for Saturday’s tournament at Thornton Township High School!

Who’s going?

The tentative roster can be found here. Please let me know if there are any problems! (Only competitors will be allowed to get on the bus because of space restrictions.)

What time should you be at Neuqua?

The bus leaves at 6:00a. (Yes, that’s very early. I know.)

When will it end?

We should be home around 7:00p.

Extemp and Radio?

Extemp will prep once (and again for finals) with the first round double-judged.

Radio will prep once (and again for finals) with the second round double-judged.

Food situation?

Those who have paid the Pushcoin fee can fill out this form for Thornton if you would like breakfast and lunch delivered to you. (Your category leaders should have sent this to you already!)

Concessions will also be available at the tournament. If you want to do that, $10 should be more than enough to bring.

11/13 Tournament Info

Here is the information you need for Saturday’s tournament at Wheaton North and Downers Grove South High School!

Who’s going?

The tentative roster can be found here. Please let me know if there are any problems!

What time should you be at Neuqua?

Both buses leave at 6:30a. Be there early! 6:15-ish to be safe.

When will it end?

Wheaton North: We should be home around 6:30p.

Downers South: We should be home around 3:00p.

Extemp and Radio?

Wheaton North: Extemp will prep three times and again for finals. Radio will prep at home the day before. If you make finals, you will prep at Wheaton (so bring materials).

Downers South: Extemp will prep three times (with 45-minute preps). Radio will prep at home the day before.

Food situation?

Please pay for Pushcoin (search for “2021-22 Neuqua Valley – Speech Team Tournament Food”) if you would like breakfast and lunch delivered to you.

Once you have done that, fill out the appropriate form for Wheaton North and Downers South so we know what kind of sandwich to bring you.

Otherwise, food is on your own, and there’s no guarantee of snacks. (Wheaton says they may have concessions if you’d like to bring about $10.)

11/6 Tournament Info

Here is the information you need for Saturday’s tournament at York High School!

Who’s going?

The tentative roster can be found here. Please let me know if there are any problems!

What time should you be at Neuqua?

Buses leave at 6:30a. Be there early! 6:15-ish to be safe.

When will it end?

We should be home around 6:30p. But you can make phone calls when we have a more reliable arrival time.

Extemp and Radio?

Extemp will prep twice at the tournament and once for finals.

Radio will prep at home the day before. You will use that prep for finals if you make it.

Food situation?

We will do our best to provide you with breakfast foods and snacks, but you are on your own this week for lunch! Bring your own drinks, too. There will be nothing available at the school for safety reasons.

The team has been posted here!

Congratulations to everyone who made it and many thanks to the more than 110 of you who tried out. It’s never easy choosing from so many of you (especially when there’s a limit to how many we can take and everything is a bit chaotic this year), and if you didn’t make it, we hope you will consider trying out again next year. We unfortunately had to make a lot of difficult cuts!

Due to the high level of interest, coaches will not be available to discuss your auditions on an individual basis.

To those who made it, three things:

1) The first full team meeting is THURSDAY afternoon at 2:30p in room B229. This meeting is mandatory and will last until about 5:00p. If there are any problems with attending, you *must* contact Mr. Mehta and your Category Leader(s).

2) All Category Leaders will have a meeting (over Zoom) on Tuesday. Details will come your way soon.

3) You and your parents must read this packet, sign the appropriate forms, and pay the Activity Fee (see below)! You will not be allowed to enter the room on Thursday without these items.

4) I need you to pay the Activity Fee for Speech, and the instructions are below:

– Log on to http://www.pushcoin.com
– Select the webstore
– Click on the activity (Speech Team)
– Add it to the wallet
– Pay via credit card or e-check

5) Please join this Remind group so we can send you reminders/alerts.

Thanks for your cooperation and congratulations to everyone!

(Last updated: Aug. 28)

If you’re new to the team, you should come to ONE of the following informational meetings:

Monday, Aug. 30 at 2:30p in the Main Building in Room B210!

Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 2:30p in the Birkett Freshman Campus Forum Room (H128)!

Auditions will take place for Varsity members on Wed., Sep. 1 (starting at 3:15p) and for everyone else on Wed. and Thurs. Sep. 1-2. All new members can sign up for an audition slot right here.

Everyone will need to read the audition packet and fill out The Form! All of that information can be found right here.

If you’re wondering what you may be reading during auditions, that packet can be found right here. (You don’t need to memorize this. We’re only posting this so you’re not surprised at auditions!) Auditions will take place in B223.

We will post the new team members on this site by Friday night, Sep. 3.

If you’re unable to make it to the audition date, or you have any other questions, please contact Coach Mehta.

For anyone interested in attending the Wildcat Speech Team (IN-PERSON) Summer Camp, all the information you need is below!

The camp is for current team members, incoming freshmen, and anyone else in high school or middle school interested in learning more about public speaking. We will be following all district COVID requirements regarding masks, vaccines, etc. (Details to come later this summer!)

Important things to note:

  • The camp will take place August 2-5 from 8:00-11:00a each day. (There is no camp on Friday!)
  • We will have separate tracks for new and returning campers so that everyone is working on the skills that will most benefit them
  • The cost is $140 and all checks should be made out to Wildcat Speech. (Students will bring the check to Camp on the first day.)
  • Your participation in this Summer Camp does not automatically guarantee you a spot on the 2021-22 Neuqua Valley Speech Team. It will, however, make you a better public speaker, and that is a skill you’ll be able to use on and off the team!

If you are interested in attending, please fill out this form as soon as possible! (We’ll be in touch with you at the end of July with more details.)

If you have any other questions, let Coach Mehta know.

Can’t wait to see you in the fall!

Here are the videos from Sectionals. These videos are only for your personal use, to send to family and friends. They are not listed in the YouTube directory and you can only watch them if you have the links.

DDA — Sarojshree Janaki and Michael Amato
DI — Ella LaBarre
ES — Rohan Jaiswal
HDA — Rishika Gaddamanagu and Henry Scriven-Young (4th in State)
Info — Megan Rajan (2nd in State)
IS — Emily Liu
OD — Vedika Ranjan
OO — Yashas Sardesai
Poe — Vedika Ranjan
PR — Erin Alcott
RS — Sarojshree Janaki
SOS — Aditi Vadakath (State Champion)

11/7 Tournament Info

Here is the information you need for Saturday’s tournament at York High School… but really on Zoom.

Who’s going?

The tentative roster can be found here. Please let me know if there are any problems!

Do I need to dress up?

Nope. You will submit one video which will be used for the entire tournament. The tournament is entirely asynchronous (nothing will happen live) except for awards.

When is my video due?

All video URLs must be sent to Mehta by 5:00p on Friday.

Limited prep?

Extemp and Impromptu will receive topics on Thursday evening.

The team has been posted here!

Congratulations to everyone who made it and many thanks to the more than 100 of you who tried out. It’s never easy choosing from so many of you (especially when there’s a limit to how many we can take and everything is a bit chaotic this year), and if you didn’t make it, we hope you will consider trying out again next year. We unfortunately had to make a lot of difficult cuts!

Due to the high level of interest, coaches will not be available to discuss your auditions on an individual basis.

To those who made it, three things:

1) The first full team meeting is Monday afternoon at 3:00p over Zoom. This meeting is mandatory and will last until about 4:30p — if there are any problems with attending, you *must* contact Mr. Mehta and your Category Leader(s).

2) All Category Leaders should log in at 2:30p on Monday (before the team meeting) to chat about a schedule moving forward.

3) I need everybody to join this Google classroom. (It has a Health Form and information about Remind.)

4) [Update: Pushcoin is working now!]

I need you to pay the Activity Fee for Speech, and the instructions are below:

– Log on to http://www.pushcoin.com – Select the web store
– Click on the activity (Speech Team)
– Add it to the wallet
– Pay via credit card or e-check

5) You and your parents must read this packet, sign the appropriate forms, and pay the Activity Fee! You will not be allowed to enter the room on Monday without these items.

Thanks for your cooperation and congratulations to everyone!

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