Nats19 Finalist Information
High School Information
Instructions for High School Student Finalists and Special Award Recipients
All speech finalists (OO, USX, IX, INF, HI, DI, DUO, POI) must attend the National Speech Finalists’ Sound and Light Check at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday in the Lone Star Ballroom of the Sheraton. ALL STUDENTS MUST BE IN COMPETITION ATTIRE.
During the National Awards Assembly, finalists can opt to sit in their designated special seating near the front of the venue (see attendant) or with their team at the start of the awards ceremony. In advance of their event being presented, students receiving and award will be directed by the emcee to stage right or stage left. When called up, they will come on stage to receive their awards and then move backstage for special host gifts. Champions receive their award and will take an individual photo, sponsor photo, and coach photo on stage before going backstage for additional photos. All high school event champions must be backstage by the end of DI awards to prepare for the Circle of Champions. All students appearing on stage must be in competition attire.
All High School Duo finalists are invited to a short meet and greet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday in the Chaparral Boardroom on the 38th floor of the Sheraton. Please be on time!
Awarding of Student Trophies
High school student award winners and their coaches are recognized on stage during the High School National Awards Assembly in the order that follows. Champions and bowl winners in all events and their coaches will have professional photos taken on stage and backstage after receiving their awards. All students appearing on stage must be in competition attire.
Middle School Champions
Local Host Committee Recognition
Tab Chair Recognition
Board of Directors Recognition
District Leadership Award Winners
School Achievement Awards
Speech Schools of Honor
Debate Schools of Honor
Speech Schools of Excellence
Debate Schools of Excellence)
School of Outstanding Distinction
William Woods Tate, Jr., National Student of the Year
Karl Mundt Trophy
Ted Belch Coach Award
Senate Top Presiding Officers
Senate Leadership Bowl
House Top Presiding Officers
House Leadership Bowl
President’s Bowls (Info, USX, IX, OO – final round winners)
Bruno E Jacob Trophy
Albert Odom Commendation
Program Oral Interpretation
Interp Bowls (Winners of the Interpretation final rounds)
Circle of Champions
Additional Student Awards
Top Policy speakers placing 1-14, Policy teams 7-14, Public Forum teams 7-14, and Lincoln-Douglas debaters 7-14 will be awarded trophies on stage after their respective final rounds.
Top Worlds speakers 1-14 and Worlds teams 5-8 will be awarded trophies on stage after the World Schools Debate final round on Thursday afternoon.
Congressional Debaters Placing 1-14, Top POs, Leadership Bowls
The top 14 Congressional debaters in the House and the Senate should attend the National Awards Assembly on Friday to receive their award on stage.
Four-Time Qualifier Awards will be presented during the National Awards Assembly on Friday.
Speech semifinalists should attend the final round of their respective event to receive their award on stage following that round.
Middle School Information
Awarding of Middle School Trophies
Middle school student award winners are recognized on stage during the Middle School Awards Assembly in the order that follows. Champions will have professional photos taken backstage after receiving their awards. All middle school main event final round champions are recognized on stage at the start of the High School National Awards Assembly.
Informative Speaking finalists
Extemporaneous Debate finalists (top four)
Extemporaneous Speaking semifinalists and finalists
Duo Interpretation semifinalists and finalists
Storytelling semifinalists and finalists
Humorous Interpretation semifinalists and finalists
Impromptu Speaking semifinalists and finalists
Dramatic Interpretation semifinalists and finalists
Declamation semifinalists and finalists
Original Oratory semifinalists and finalists
Poetry Interpretation semifinalists and finalists
Prose Interpretation semifinalists and finalists
World Schools Debate top 5 speakers
World Schools Debate semifinalists and finalists
Policy top ten speakers
Policy non-advancing quarterfinalists, semifinalists, and finalists
Congressional Debate non-placing finalists and placing finalists
Lincoln-Douglas top ten speakers
Lincoln-Douglas quarterfinalists, semifinalists, and finalists
Public Forum top ten speakers
Public Forum non-advancing quarterfinalists, semifinalists, and finalists
Circle of champions (all main event award winners)
Students in quarterfinals of speech events who do not advance to semifinals will pick up awards outside of tab beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday. They must be picked up before 12:00 p.m. on Friday.
Semifinalists and finalists in speech will receive their awards on stage.
Students in double octafinals and octafinals of debate events will receive their awards in round. Students in quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals will receive their awards on stage.