Tournament Status: Tournament Completed

Welcome to the home page for the 2015 L.A. County Orator's Cup II (3rd-12th Grade) tournament hosted by Haddon Ave E.S.; 10115 Haddon Avenue, Arleta 91331 (CA) on Apr 4, 2015 for Various students.

A 3-in-1 Tourney—an “L.A. Open” for 3rd-12th grade speakers (public/private). No school/league fees/requirements!
$10 per event for 3rd-5th Grade ($15 for 6th-12th), increasing to $15 per event for 3rd-5th Grade on Fri., March 20th ($25 for 6th-12th).
No-Penalty Cancellation Deadline on Sun., March 22nd at 11:59 PM! Entries & Fees are "frozen" starting Mon. March 23rd, so that we may accurately order trophies. [Edit alert! Please read the blog announcements below! The Early Bird registration and fee finalization dates have been moved forward four days, starting with Early Bird rates now ending on Tuesday the 24th!]

Please join us for the second year of the vaunted Orator's Cup Tournament. Last year's inagural marked the epicenter of speech talent in Los Angeles, with students from every corner of CA coming to leave an endelible mark of talent and camaraderie. Last year's big winners were Aiden Chavez of Nova 42 Academy (Elementary Division Champion), Aiden Shev of New West Charter School (Middle School Division Champion) and Jane Irons of Marlborough High School (High School Division Champion, Team USA Debate Member and recently accepted to study at Yale University).

This year, piggybacking on the success of the inaugural Principios Invitational in Fall 2014, we are switching venues to continue supporting the historic establishment of the first speech and debate curriculum at an LAUSD elementary school. Proceeds from Orator's Cup II will help establish a 4th-5th Grade speech team at Haddon Avenue Elementary, due to start competing in Fall 2015. Come join us to celebrate your forensic excellence, learn, have fun and lay the groundwork for a more diversified future of speech in Los Angeles all at the same time!

Multiple-entry contestants bear the responsibility of delivering ALL speeches WITHIN the time allotted each round.
Each Division’s top speaker will win an additional Orator’s Cup trophy & the honor of having the 2015 AWARD NAMED FOR THEM!
Bring 1 judge for EVERY 1-4 entries (teens not allowed to judge Open Div.). The missing judge fines are high to encourage you to bring your own judges instead of making us hire one.
The fine will be $15 (3rd-5th) to $25 (7th-12th) for EVERY uncovered entry! This adds up extremely quickly and everyone is encouraged to get judges to avoid "sticker shock!"

WIth the exception of Congress/Extemp events (which may only be double-entered with another IE in Pattern A), all other events may be part of a pattern triple entry. However, double and triple entry students assume ALL risks! NO rounds will be held up because a student failed to perform all three or two events within the 75 minutes allotted for each round. In addition, students who wish to be considered for the Orator's Cup must pay an additional $8 to offset the extra tabbing and unique costs of a Division trophy. This additional fee is triggered by signing up for the "Cup Candidate" non-event in the unscheduled Pattern C. Even though it is theoretically possible to compete in six IEs through triple entering in both Pattern A & B, candidacy for the Orator's Cup prize will be limited only to the points you earn for your performance in your best four events (to prevent the few who can afford to pay for six events from holding a total points advantage).

Registration ONLY ensures your place on the waiting list! In the style of the Berkeley national tournament, you are NOT officially registered for The Orator's Cup until your fees are received! Thus, even if you were the first to register, you are vulnerable to being bumped and even eventually told there is no more space if other schools pay before you. Please pay one of the following two ways:

Paypal payment to Principal Richard Ramos: rramos@crsassociates.net

Check or cash deposit at any Citibank branch to Velasquez at this account number: 40014920066 (email receipt to me)

Note well! Not ALL events listed are guaranteed to be held! Events will be closed or collapsed contingent upon low early interest/registration, so you will help keep your favorite events open by your early registration in them. You will be reimbursed if your event is eliminated and/or given an option to continue if your event is collapsed. Congress Bills will be posted two weeks to 10 days before April 4th. Event descriptions will come out soon, but rest assured we are giving students a chance to prepare for State and National competition, so you may infer the time limits and rules from State and Nationals (with the exception of our 75 minute, single-topic Congress sessions)

P.S. In response to parent requests, all Elementary Division awards will go first at the Awards Ceremony, followed by Middle School Division and High School Division at the end.

Orator’s Cup II Schedule - Saturday, April 4th, 2015 (any changes will be posted/e-mailed)

7:30 - 7:45    Judge Orientation
7:45 - 7:55     Round 1 Judging Assignments
 8:00 - 9:15    Round 1 - Pattern A (Congress, SpAr, HI, OA, TI, Storytelling, Expos, Extemp)
9:30 - 10:45   Round 1 - Pattern B (Impromptu, DI/Prose, OI/Declamation, OO, Duo, OPP)

11:00 - 11:30  Brunch Break
11:30 -11:40   Round 2 Judging Assignments
11:45 - 1:00   Round 2 - Pattern A
 1:15 - 2:30    Round 2 - Pattern B

 2:40 - 2:55    Semi-Final/Finals Round Judging Assignments
 3:00 - 4:10    Semis - Open SpAr; Finals - Open Extemp.,Storytelling, Thematic;
                       Middle Congress, Expos; Elementary Congress, Storytelling
 
4:20 - 5:30    Semis - Open & Middle Impromptu; Finals - Open Duo, OI/Declamation;
                       Middle Declamation, Original Oratory; Elementary Impromptu, Declamation

5:40 - 5::50     Final Round Judging Assignments

6:00 - 7:15     Finals - Open SpAr, Open Impromptu, Middle School Impromptu

7:45 - 8:30     Awards Assembly

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The Orator's Cup administration may publish pictures or videos of its competitors for educational and promotional (non-profit) purposes. We intend to film certain final rounds and post them or excellent performers within them on YouTube or other forms of social media and video-sharing sites. The intent would be to promote the tournament and/or deconstruct its exemplary speeches/speakers.
By entering and competing in the Orator's Cup, you hereby give consent to the administrators of the Orator's Cup tournament to...
(a) interview/film/photograph/make a video reproduction of you or any member of your team or its entourage.
(b) use your name and school/club affiliation...
(c) use your original speech materials...
...in newspapers, magazines and other print media, on television, radio, and eletronic media (including the "internet") and/or in mailings for educational and awareness campaigns.
This consent is given without expiration, and future uses do not require additional permission.

Tournament Documents

  1. 2015 High School Congress Legislation
  2. Haddon Ave. ES Campus Map
  3. 2015 Judges Instructions
  4. 2015 ES and MS Congress Legislation
  5. Zodiac Grill Food Truck Menu
  6. Insignia which will be affixed to all medals & trophies
  7. 2015 Printable Schedule & Address
  8. 1st-3rd Trophies, Medal, Orator Cups Pic

Tournament Links:

  1. Middle School Rules
  2. Driving Directions!
  3. High School Rules 1
  4. High School Rules 2

Blog Posts

  1. Pattern A triple-entering except with Congress/Extemp
  2. SpAr drops Stanford style, now triple-enterable!
  3. Middle School Duo merged with Open Duo
  4. Middle School Extemp merged with Open Extemp!
  5. The 4 High School Congress bills from State posted
  6. Formula for Determining Division Master Winners
  7. Only pay by deposit or PayPal after Tues. March 24!
  8. We are NEARLY AT CAPACITY. Finalize adds/drops NOW
  9. Continuously updated list of payments received!
  10. Elementary and Middle School Legislation Posted!
  11. Continuously updated prelim & out-rounds schedule!
  12. Zodiac Grill Food Truck Menu Posted!
  13. Elementary Expos subsumed into Middle School Expos
  14. $4 Day-long Parking Passes to be sold early on 4/4
  15. Printable Schedule and Address posted!
  1. Academy of Higher Learning (Tarzana, CA)
  2. Argumentation and Communication Leadership Academy (Orange County, CA)
  3. Bridges Academy 1 (Studio City, CA)
  4. Cypress High School (Cypress, CA)
  5. El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, CA)
  6. Elite of Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  7. Haddon Avenue Elementary School (Pacoima, CA)
  8. iLEAD North Hollywood (Van Nuys, CA)
  9. Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (Los Angeles, CA)
  10. NEI Education (San Diego, CA)
  11. Nova 42 Academy (Pasadena, CA)
  12. Olive Vista Middle School (Sylmar, CA)
  13. Perfect Score Academy (Granada Hills, CA)
  14. Reseda High School (Reseda, CA)
  15. Velasquez Academy (Canoga Park, CA)
  16. windward (los angeles, CA)
  17. Woodbridge High School (Irvine, CA)