Tournament Status: Tournament Completed

Welcome to the home page for the 2018 Locomotive Invitational tournament hosted by Laurel High School (MT) on Jan 13, 2018 for High School students.

Laurel High School cordially invites you to the Laurel High School Speech, Drama and Debate Tournament on Saturday, January 13, 2018.




Please fill out the pre-registration survey is you have not done so already so that we can start planning for rooms and judges for this large tournament. This is not a binding registration; we would just like an estimate of the number of competitors we will be accommodating.


Registration will be at Laurel High School between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM. An entry fee of $5.00 will be charged for each participant. Registration must be submitted online at by 4:00pm Friday, January 5th, 2018. NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Changes (drops/adds) to registration can be made until Thursday, January 11th online. After that, please email drops to


Each school may enter up to three entries in each event. A drop fee of $5.00 will be assessed for each contestant dropped after 4:00pm on Friday, January 12th. If you have drops after the online registration closes, please email them to Liz at as soon as possible or you can leave a message for her at 406-546-4798


MHSA Rules:


  • AA Schools will only be allowed to register JV/novice competitors in Speech and Debate and will need to follow class A tournament rules. Coaches, please familiarize yourselves with any differences between AA and A event rules.



Double Entry will be allowed for class A and AA only.



Concessions will be available at the high school for either cash or PO. If you use a purchase order at concessions, please have a typed list of competitors to give to the concessions manager but there are also several fast food places close to the school.  Lunch will be provided in the hospitality room for judges, coaches and drivers.



As of right now, Drama and Debate events will be held at Laurel Middle School (725 Washington Ave) and Speech will be held at Laurel High School (203 E 8th St). All final rounds will be held at Laurel High School. There will be a commons area for students at each building. Students should be in the designated commons area when not in rounds. Remember contestants may not be in competition rooms unless a judge or coach is present. At the end of the tournament, please ask your students to pick up their area. The awards assembly will be in the high school auditorium at approximately 4:30 pm.  



Tabbing assignments will be in your registration confirmation email. I will do my best to accommodate tabbing requests but I ask that you please tab what you are assigned to. I may ask assistant coaches to fill in for any judges that don’t show the day of competition.



There will be three preliminary rounds and finals in all. The schedule for the day is:


Individual Events Extemp Draw     Debate


       8:30      8:00       8:00

     10:00      9:30     10:00

     11:30    11:00     12:00

       2:30      2:00       2:30


Awards Assembly will be at 4:30 at the High School Auditorium.

All final rounds will be at Laurel High School.

Extemp Draw will be in Room 206 at Laurel High School Extemp topics will be created with the NFHS December Topics in mind.


All events will be conducted in accordance to the MHSA Handbook.


LD topic will be the January/February:

Resolved: Plea bargaining ought to be abolished in the United States criminal justice system.


Policy topic is: 2017-2018 Topic
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.


Public Forum topic will be the January/February:

Resolved: Spain should grant Catalonia its independence.


If you have any questions, contact Liz at 406-628-3953 during the day or 406-546-4798 in the evening.

(Voice mail will be available if I am out.)


We hope to see you January 13th! Happy Holidays!


Laurel High School Forensics:

Head Coach: Liz Schwartz

Assistant: Dan Johnson

Assistant: Doug Andersen

Assistant: Dan Porisch

  1. Baker High School (Baker, MT)
  2. Beaverhead County High School (Dillon, MT)
  3. Belfry High (Belfry, MT)
  4. Belgrade High School (Belgrade, MT)
  5. Billings Central Catholic High School (Billings, MT)
  6. Billings West High School (Billings, MT)
  7. Bozeman High School (Bozeman, MT)
  8. Broadus High School (Broadus, MT)
  9. Colstrip High School (Colstrip, MT)
  10. Columbus High School (Columbus, MT)
  11. Culbertson High School (Culbertson, MT)
  12. Custer County District High School (Miles City, MT)
  13. Dawson County High School (Glendive, MT)
  14. Fergus High School (Lewistown, MT)
  15. Forsyth High School (Forsyth, MT)
  16. Fromberg High School (Fromberg, MT)
  17. Hardin High School (Hardin, MT)
  18. Havre High School (Havre, MT)
  19. Huntley Project High School (Worden, MT)
  20. Joliet High School (Joliet, MT)
  21. Laurel High School (Laurel, MT)
  22. Park High School (Livingston, MT)
  23. Plentywood High School (Plentywood, MT)
  24. Powell High School (POWELL, WY)
  25. Red Lodge Public Schools (Red Lodge, MT)
  26. Roundup High School (Roundup, MT)
  27. Shepherd High School (Shepherd, MT)
  28. Sidney High School (Sidney, MT)
  29. Skyview High School Silver (Billings, MT)
  1. C - Open LD (31)
  2. C - Open Policy (12)
  3. C - Open Pub.-Forum (13)

Total Debate Entries: 56

Pattern - Event - (entries)

  1. A - Open Dramatic-Interp (39)
  2. A - Open Extemp (13)
  3. A - Open Humorous-Interp (36)
  4. A - Open Impromptu (28)
  5. A - Open Informative (31)
  6. A - Open Memorized-Public-Add (21)
  7. A - Open Oratory (20)
  8. B - Open Classical-Duo (19)
  9. B - Open Dramatic-Duo (14)
  10. B - Open Dramatic-Solo (31)
  11. B - Open Humorous-Duo (22)
  12. B - Open Humorous-Solo (29)
  13. B - Open Pantomime (10)

Total IE Entries: 313

Pattern - Event - (entries)