On Saturday, February 4, 2017, the Crete Speech Team arrived bright and early to the high school to begin setting up for the 22nd annual Crete Cardinal Classic. The home tournament has been known to draw a significant number of schools, but this year was one for the record books. Beginning atin the morning more than 500 competitors from 30 schools poured into both the high school and middle school, making the 2017 iteration of the competition the largest in history.
This year the novice division, first-year competitors, and the varsity division were split between the two upper grade buildings. Novices competed at the middle school while varsity members competed at the high school. The more than 500 competitors entered in nearly 650 unique events and filled the building to the brim with successful speeches.
Added bonuses to the tournament this year were a live Snapchat geofilter, designed by Kristi Capek, and the ability to award qualification bids to the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC). The tournament was so large that 24 NIETOC bids were handed out in Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation and Duet Acting, as well as 18 NIETOC bids awarded in Persuasive Speaking.
The Crete Speech students, coaches, parents and team thank the many faculty and staff donors, as well as the ever supporting district administration and custodial staff, and all of the area businesses that were so gracious in helping put this on. The tournament could not have gone on without you!
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