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[Student Affairs] 2019 NIFTy Invitation March 8 and 9!

admin_bil Post on 2019-1-4 03:28 PM |Show All Post

2019 NIFTy Invitation March 8 and 9!  

The 8th annual Nanke Invitational Forensics Tournament (NIFTy) is going to take place on Friday March 8th and Saturday March 9th  for a weekend of great debate, speech, food, and fun!  Before we get into more details, let's take a look back at NIFTy events of the previous years.

2018 NIFTy


2017 NIFTy


This year’s tournament will include multiple individual and partner speech events, as well as Parliamentary debate. Schools may submit teams of students competing in the Junior Varsity division [grades 7, 8, and 9] and Varsity [grades 10, 11, and 12].

Each participant must pay a tournament fee of $600 NT, which will cover the cost of Dinner Friday night, Lunch on Saturday, as well as all trophies, medals, and judges appreciation. While teams can be submitted by email as soon as possible, fee payment can be made in cash after arriving to IBST on Friday, March 8th.

In addition, schools MUST provide one judge for every team of 5 competitors. Judges are not required to be proficient or experienced in speech and debate. Rather we ask for enthusiastic individuals wanting to have some fun and help make the tournament a success!

Parliamentary debate teams will consist of 3 students. The first three speeches from each team are six minutes in length. At the end of these initial speeches, each team then delivers a “reply” speech of four minutes in length. This is delivered by either the first or second speaker on their team.

Speech competitors will be limited to competing in two individual and/or duo speech events. Speech includes: (1) Solo Interpretation; (2) Duo Interpretation; (3) Editorial Commentary; (4)Extemporaneous Speaking; (5) Impromptu Speaking ; (6) Original Oratory; and (7)Story-telling.

Note: This year, due to the tight debate schedule, the debaters won’t be able to compete in speech events.

Tentative schedule:


Friday  March 8




Supper  and Registration – 1st Floor Rocky Area




Welcome  and
Briefing – 3rd Floor  Auditorium




Round 1(Speech-Varsity; Debate- Varsity&Junior Varsity)




Round 2(Speech- Junior Varsity; Debate- Varsity&Junior  Varsity)


Saturday  March 9




Round 3(Speech- Varsity; Debate- Varsity&Junior Varsity)




Round 4(Speech- Junior Varsity; Debate- Varsity&Junior  Varsity)




Round 5(Speech- Varsity; Debate- Varsity&Junior Varsity)








Round 6(Speech- Junior Varsity; Debate- Varsity&Junior  Varsity)




NIFTy  Social Mixer - 3rd F Auditorium




Awards Ceremony - 3rd F Auditorium

B. Team Entry

To register teams or individual students for speech and debate, please email your roster to Sandy Hsieh
shan830th@ms.nnkieh.tn.edu.tw stating clearly the following(attachment):




Student Name

School Affiliation

Events entering (Speech/ Debate-Team Name)

Whether a Junior Varsity or Varsity  competitor




Sandy Hsieh


Debate-IBST 1




Ling Kuo


Debate-IBST 1




Colo Chang


Debate-IBST 1





Rebecca Chen


Impromptu Speaking




Rebecca Chen


Original Oratory


The registration deadline is Wednesday, February 27th, one week before the event. By February 27th, all participants must have registered for their chosen events.

Each school must supply an adult qualified to judge for the tournament. School’s bringing more than 5 contestants must supply 2 judges. Any school bringing more than 10 participants, must supply 3 judges,etc.  A school not bringing the necessary judges may find some or all of their participants disqualified (due to a judging shortfall). Judges need not have judged events previously.

C.Registration Fee and Payment

Each student must pay a fee of $600 NT in order to complete. This fee will cover the cost of dinner Friday night, lunch on Saturday, as well as all tournament expenses.

Team fees may be paid upon registration on Friday,March 8th.

D. Food and Accommodation

Upon request, we will provide a list(attachment) of nearby accommodations which can accommodate all participants within a quick drive of IBST. For questions regarding booking accommodation, please contact Sandy Hsieh shan830th@ms.nnkieh.tn.edu.tw for assistance. If preferred, participants can also find lodging in Tainan, and commute in Saturday Morning.

NIFTy will provide as part of the registration fee, dinner for all judges and contestants on Friday night,as well as lunch on Saturday. Within walking distance of the school, there is a 7-11 as well as several tea shops at the nearby Life Hub.

E. Getting to Nanke

Schools can arrive at Nanke in several ways. If they choose to take a bus, the Science Park and school offer ample parking. Schools can also take the HSR rail to Tainan (Shalun Station) and transfer to the local train headed toward Nanke (the train terminates at Nanke). Schools can also take the Fast (yellow) train or a bus to Tainan. A local train north goes back to Nanke. From the Nanke train station,you can take the Science Park free shuttle bus (on Friday only), a taxi, or simply walk the 15 minutes to IBST.

F. Awards

ALL participants will receive participation certificates. In addition, the tournament will award trophies and medals to forensics winners and top debaters.

For more information regarding the tournament schedule, debate format, or on specifics for the different speech events,please see the attachments below. Any other questions can be directed to Sandy Hsieh

2019 NIFTy Team Entry .doc (37 KB, 下載次數: 246)

2019 NIFTY Speech Information.doc (31.5 KB, 下載次數: 159)

2019 NIFTy Hotel Info.doc (33.5 KB, 下載次數: 144)

2019 NIFTy Debate Rules.docx (10.37 KB, 下載次數: 233)

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