Competition Event - Sample Flow and Suggestions
3-5 performance judges
1 accuracy judge
your event- ideas:
of student competition during school open house
upload to local CCTV/ schooltube
all student competitors’ families the day before competition, to make sure they
invitations for each student to give out
and electronic invitations sent out to community
championship partners- ideas:
club does scoring
magazine club does food as a fundraiser
band organizes music
class does videotaping
class does program design/formatting
newspaper does photography
class does food as fundraiser
community cable connection
society as ushers and runners
class does invitations
for school championships- ideas:
board members, school officer, local business owners, local poets, past
parents, UNH/SNHU/PSU/KSC/NEC English professors, drama department teachers,
math/science teachers, newspaper editors/writers, lawyers, selectmen, town
students play music
shares bio info, gives info about the program, tells jokes
teachers, community members recite poems
of scholastic artwork
school students recite poems
class reads poems
ideas for school championship: (not mandatory)
and a rose
book store overstock gifts
Your Event Prep:
are seated in space, separated in some way from any audience members ( like
putting a reserved, empty row behind them)
Performance Judges have copies of scoring sheets and something to write with.
These judges do not need copies of the poems.
prompter is seated directly in front of presentation area for easy access for
judge is seated next to prompter, so that any prompting/accuracy scores are
accurate. Both accuracy judge and prompter have copies of poems that will be
are positioned in a room or space beyond view of audience and reciters.
(if you do them) have students’ names in order of presentation, include any
Emcee’ s Opening Intro:
process: classroom competitions, winners of those presenting at this school
championship, school champion and runner up will represent the school at State
Semi Final, then State Finals, ultimately NH Champ represents the state at
Nationals in DC
Judges and scoring team
any sponsors, school admin, fellow teachers, NH State Council on the Arts,
National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society
are judged on:
every word counts!
that there will be two rounds (or one, if that’s what you do)
introduces student by name.
walks to microphone, says name of poem and name of poet, recites poem
each student is finished, judges complete their scoring sheets
1 stands ready to gather scoring sheets from each judge
student is finished reciting, interlude music, or talking happens. This is to
give judges the pause to complete their sheets.
1 gathers all scoring sheets, and takes to scoring room.
2 gets in position, Emcee introduces next student.
continues until all students have completed round 1. Usually a 5 minute pause
becomes the “intermission” between rounds.
2 proceeds same as round 1.
round 2 is complete, there will be a few minute pause as scorers complete their
is great here, also reviewing how students were judged.
runner or other representative takes the results from scoring area/room to
good moment to have all competitors come on stage, get certificates (if that’s
what you do) and/or prizes, and applause.
states: “Results are final and confidential.”
do not have to give any order of finishing beyond the winner and the runner up.
to mention the next step for school champion and alternate- state semifinals.