The Apollos Practice Tournament is Dec 15!
We have decided to take on a practice tournament each year so that students have the motivation to finish and polish their speeches before the break. This saves family vacations, sanity, and about 20 pounds of stress in each household. Hopefully each of you has taken advantage of this great opportunity to get going and get some good feedback now. Definitely we are all on board to help. Students, even if you have a conflict for part of the day, please ask Mrs. Beall what you can do to help! Parents, this is a great chance to learn to judge well and learn to run a tournament. Block out the 14th as well for set up unless otherwise notified.
This week during the first hour of speech, Mackenzie Palmer will meet with the new-to-NCFCA students to go over tournament preparation. She will cover all you need to know to be prepared as we enter tournament season! Don't miss this!!
New students should NOT sign up for coaching until the 4:00 slot this week.
Continue working on finalizing and memorizing speeches.
Practice Impromptu speeches.
Work on Apologetics cards and practice giving speeches.
Sign up for coaching below.
As Mrs. Marchand and Gideon are displaying, it is time to get your professional on! Do not wait. The day before is way too late.
DRESS CODE POLICY NCFCA’s dress code is intended to glorify Christ, to promote professionalism, and to maximize the focus on the development of ideas and communication skills. Required for Competition and Awards Ceremonies (Business Professional) Gentlemen Ladies Option 1: Suit Dress shirt and tie Dress shoes Option 1: Pant suit or skirt suit (hemline to middle of knee) Dress Blouse (or top) Dress Shoes Option 2: Sport coat Dress shirt and tie Dress slacks Dress shoes Option 2: Suit-type jacket Dress pants or skirt (hemline to middle of knee) Dress blouse (or top) Dress shoes Option 3: Dress (hemline to middle of the knee) Sleeveless dresses require a suit-type jacket. Recommended for Check-In or Social Activities (Modest Casual) Gentlemen Ladies Options: Sweaters, sweatshirts, shirts, t-shirts Pants, jeans, shorts Casual shoes Options: Sweaters, sweatshirts, shirts, t-shirts Pants, jeans, or long skirts/shorts/dresses Casual shoes Never Acceptable All Competitors Short shorts/skirts/dresses Shirts that are low-cut, fail to cover the midriff or have spaghetti straps Inappropriate content, see-through fabric, or tight-fitting pants/shirts A student who is out of dress code is not permitted to compete. Failure to adhere to the dress code will result in a warning and requirement to change into compliant attire. No accommodations will be made if the student misses a round due to the need to change clothes. If a second violation occurs during the season, disciplinary action such as loss of round or rank will be determined by the National Adjudication Team. In the unfortunate event of a third violation within the season, the student will be disqualified from the tournament. A further violation will result in disqualification from NCFCA competition for the remainder of the season.
Uhhhhh, you might think it is funny, but memorization is no laughing matter! Don't memorize until you've had your speech looked at numerous times, then go crazy. Use any technique you want, but get that thing memorized in chunks! You should be able to say it perfectly, with a sibling or friend checking your every word, three days before the tournament at the latest. Then you should say the whole thing every time you brush your teeth. (OK, I'm making this up, but you do need to go through it a ton of times!)
Please notice a slight change this week. There will be no Extemp at 3:40, so all of the 3:20 & 3:40 slots are for Platform/Interp. If by Thursday morning you see that these slots are still blank, you can go ahead and take them. If the last slots in each room happen to be empty, we can all end a little early, so think about that as you choose slots (but don't let that stop you from signing up!!) Please let me know of any potential absences so we can make any adjustments. SIGN UP
We will take an hour next week to eat and be happy about Jesus coming to earth and dying for our sins. He didn't do this in order to create a time for parties, but rather to save us from the mess and pain of this life. Celebration is a good response though, eh? GOOD NEWS! For the death he died he died to sin, once for all! (Rom 6:10) As we read in team policy, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." (Eph 2:8-9) YYaaayyyyyy!!!!!
You'll hear later what you should bring, but start thinking now about delicious, non-nut food.