Dear MBST Community,
It saddens me to announce that due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, the 2021 Margie Burke Speech Tournament will not be held this year.
Our team has explored various options for hosting a Covid safe tournament for our speakers and judges alike; however, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to forgo the event in 2021.
Thank you for your continued support of the Margie Burke Speech Tournament. We look forward to seeing you all in 2022!
Leslie Davalos Bergholt
Margie Burke Speech Tournament Director
2020 MARGIE BURKE SPEECH TOURNAMENTThe annual Margie Burke Speech Tournament, open to all Marin County 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 8:00am to 4:00pm at Ross School.
This is the largest middle school speech tournament in the County. Each school may send up to twenty-five students to the tournament. Each student may enter up to three events, choosing from:
1. DRAMATIC INTERPRETATION
3. ORIGINAL PROSE & POETRY
4. PERSUASIVE SPEAKING
Descriptions of the events are in the Speech Rules and Instructions. Each student will be assigned to a room in which he/she will present his/her speech before a panel of judges. First, second and third place standings are determined by the ranking in each room. There are no semifinal or final rounds. Students are expected to commit to the events they select and are asked to fill out a Statement of Commitment, requiring signatures from the student, parent and teacher. Changes or withdrawals seriously inconvenience all participants and tournament organization.
FEES: ENTRY FEE OF $35 PER STUDENT (A school check for the total number of participants is requested.)
JUDGES: EACH PARTICIPATING SCHOOL MUST PROVIDE 3 JUDGES AND 1 ROOM MODERATOR; usually parent or teacher volunteers. This is a strict requirement for your school participation. Your help is essential to the success of the tournament!
AWARDS: All students receive a Certificate of Participation. First, second and third place medals are awarded to the winners from each classroom contest. Ties are possible. A Grand Champion, 2nd Champion and 3rd Champion trophy will be awarded for each grade level. Grand Champions are based on cumulative points achieved in the tournament. Entering two or more events (up to three events permitted) enhances a student’s chances of winning a Grand Champion trophy.
Please contact MBST Director, Leslie Davalos Bergholt, firstname.lastname@example.org,
with questions and for more information.