Welcome to the home page for the 2020 Sunrise City Showdown tournament hosted by Sidney High School on Jan 3-4, 2020 for High School students.

Status: Tournament Completed


Sidney High School cordially invites you to the Sidney Speech, Drama and Debate Tournament on January 3rd and 4th, 2020.


Registration will be at Sidney High School Office on Friday between 2:30- 3:30 PM. An entry fee of $5.00 will be charged for each participant. Registration must be completed on forensicstournament.net by Monday, December 21, 2019.

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 4:00 pm on Thursday, January 2, 2020. If you have drops, please call Christy at (406) 478-3643 or email them to her at christypierce@gmail.com.

MHSA Rules:

All events will be conducted in accordance to the MHSA Handbook with the FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS:

· Coaches may be asked to judge.

· Policy debate ballots will be the “old” ballots rather than the NFL ballots.

· Dual Entry will be allowed when possible.

Topics: We will be using the January/February topics for LD and Public Forum.

Policy Topic will be: “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States.”

The December Extemp questions will be used.


Lunch will be available for students at Sidney High School for $6.00. Lunch will be served from 11:30 to 1:30 in the cafeteria. The menu: taco in a bag, fruit snacks, cookie and a drink. School purchase orders will be accepted at registration and tickets will be issued. For schools that do not provide meals for their students, students will be able to purchase lunch. Please include an estimated number of students who wish to pay cash for lunch on your registration form. Lunch will be provided in the hospitality room for judges, coaches and drivers.


Speech events will be held at Sidney High School, and Drama events will be held at the Middle School. All finals will be held at Sidney High School. The gym will be the commons area for contestants in both the High school and the Middle School. Students should be in the commons area when not in rounds. There will be a wrestling tournament at 5:00 on Saturday so we will ask all contestants to move their belongings to the cafeteria after Finals. The awards assembly will be in the Sidney High School Cafeteria at approximately 5:00 pm.


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

              Individual Events         Extemp Draw              Debate

Friday:           4:30                             4:00                        4:00

                      6:30                             6:00                        6:30

Saturday:       8:30                             8:00                        8:00

                     10:00                            9:30                       10:00

                     12:00                           11:30                      12:00

                      2:00                             1:30                        2:00

Debate will be a round-robin of the first 3 rounds, with the fourth round being a quarter final. Final placement will be determined by win/loss record and points.

Awards Assembly will be at 5:00

Extemp Draw will be in Room 209 at the High School.

AWARDS: Sweepstakes trophies will be awarded for first in Speech and in Drama

in A, B & C classes. Medals and ribbons will be presented to individual finalists.