Middle School Speech Tournament

Welcome to the Tournament Information site! It is designed for speech team directors, coaches, students, and parents to become fully informed about all aspects of the Archbishop Murphy Middle School Speech Tournament. The various tabs and documents will open with a single click and let you read, review and print a PDF of the document(s). You can also go to the Downloads & Handouts Link to quick print or download all of the documents you will need.


"Archbishop Murphy High School is thrilled to host our 3rd annual AMHS Middle School Speech Tournament. The mission statement of AMHS calls for the formation of Christlike leaders who will transform the world. Our students are frequently challenged to articulate their thoughts with the spoken word—we see this as a key necessity and trait of leadership. Our school has a long tradition of supporting speech tournaments at our partner parish schools and now we look forward to gathering talented and passionate students on our campus to exhibit their skills. We look forward to celebrating and presenting awards to the courageous young men and women who will participate in this tournament. On behalf of everyone at AMHS we thank you for challenging yourself and representing your school and your family." - Steve Schmutz, President AMHS

"It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Middle School Speech Tournament at Archbishop Murphy High School. Speech is a life skill transferable to all professions and vocations. The ability to communicate ideas in a clear and intentional manner is a calling card for an exceptional leader. The mission of Archbishop Murphy High School centers on the formation of Christlike leaders for the transformation of the world. We firmly believe that this bold goal is made more accessible to students through a strong ability to communicate. The work done by the middle school speech competitors is admirable and impressive. We are so excited to make our campus available to showcase the skills of the young people who have a passion for speech. Many of our current employees at AMHS were at one time speech competitors. As such, I have a great appreciation for all of the hard work that goes into a speech, and how rewarding the experience can be. We are so excited to meet you, and to hear what you have to share with us."- Alex Crane, Principal AMHS

"Effective speech and debate skills are crucial in today's modern society. We need all young people to understand the importance of exchanging ideas rooted in logic, passion, ethics, and respect. That's why this speech tournament is so valuable. It honors the hard work, passion, and persuasive abilities of exceptionally talented young people. As the head coach of the mock trial program, I'm honored that tomorrow's leaders are coming once again to Archbishop Murphy High School to share those talents!" - Roger Brodniak, Social Science Department Head, Mock Trial Director



Click HERE to register your team

Registration and Fees:

  • All entries must be received by 11:59 pm, Friday, Jan 18, 2019.
  • Additions, subtractions or substitutions after the registration deadline can create significant scheduling disruptions. Although we understand some issues are unforeseeable, please try to avoid registration changes after the deadline. Our goal is to deliver round/room assignments upon your arrival!
  • The registration fee is $50.00 per school plus $5.00 for each individual event entered. Payments can be made by check to AMHS attn: Middle School Speech. Schools may submit one payment per team.
  • Participation is limited to 20 participants per school with a maximum of 40 events.
  • Please ask each of your team members to bring two non-perishable food items.
  • A PDF Registration Worksheet Link will be available for download. We ask that you please print it out, fill in the requested information and mail it with your check to: Archbishop Murphy High School


Welcome Speech Teams!

February 9, 2019 is about you. You will be on the campus of Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School performing at our 3rd annual Middle School Speech Tournament. You will be showcasing your incredible talent for speech and communication and listening and watching your peers perform to perfection. It is a special competition because it is about you presenting an idea, a writing, or an opinion that you are passionate about.

We share in your passion. At Archbishop Murphy High School, we are passionate about our school's commitment to each student individually and the powerful force that comes when we gather together to make a difference in our own lives and in our community.

We are looking for the best and the brightest and we want you! We partner with our students to tap into their unique potential. We know you are serious about pushing yourself to be your best and we are here to push those limits with you. We are a fun-filled community that embraces The Wildcat Way - Faith at our core, Excellence in all that we do, and Respect for all.

On tournament day, as you experience our campus, meet our student volunteers, and begin to get a sense of what we are all about, we hope you will consider Archbishop Murphy High School as your school of choice.

You will also find links here to our Open House, scheduling a Shadow Visit or Private Tour, and information on Middle School Murphy Night. Check us out!

We hope you have a great tournament. We look forward to meeting you in person.

- Shannon Reese, Director of Marketing and Communications, AMHS

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Questions? Contact speech@am-hs.org