We have expected huge high school speech meets at Corvallis High School every year. Well, due to COVID-19, not this year. The speech and debate competition has been taken online. A news release from Doug McConnaha at the Corvallis school said that judges will watch the competitors online as the students perform from across the state at their schools in live events. And, judges are still needed. Those who have judged these meets in the past are always amazed at the talent of the students performing in all sorts of speech and drama categories.

But now is the time to volunteer. The season is underway and the National Speech and Debate Association has established a specially designed site called Tabroom.com, that is like a Zoom or Google Meet. Judges are still needed, according to Doug and there will be training sessions for the volunteers, explaining how the online judging is planned. The weekend competitions will be this month. The host schools (virtually) are Miles City this Saturday, Corvallis on January 14-15, Divisional by Polson Jan 23, State competition hosted by Sidney on January 29-30 and the National Speech and Debate Association February 12-13.

Sign up for a free tabroom.com account. Go to tabroom.com and click “Sign Up” in the upper right-hand corner. Fill out the information, especially your cell number and email if you want automatic updates. But you're not done, yet.

Once you have created your account, then go to the Corvallis High School Google Form and enter the information and choose your options to judge.

Again, make sure you include your cell number and email for automatic updates. If you have questions, Doug McConnaha at Corvallis High School can help you.

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