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WHAT IS IN THIS ISSUE OF SWIFT *Debate Clinic Update *Membership Dues Info *Riggleman Award *Executive Comm. Election *Judge Certification Sessions *ICA Convention *IHSSA Coaches Convention *IHSSA Administrator Award * Contest sites and dates for 2022 And so much more, so let the new school year begin!




e waited all year for summer and now it is gone, however, it is time to look to the future and what great events we have with IHSSA this year. I know summer has left, but - yahoo! - the speech year is about to begin for us all! It is a GREAT DAY FOR SPEECH IN IOWA! To those of you who are coming to the IHSSA for the first time, I offer a warm welcome from a great organization and the best educators in the state. I hope your year will be one with great joy and excitement. To our “old” friends, welcome back! Your loyalty and dedication to the IHSSA and our office has made this organization one of the top speech groups in the country. Your support and help when Deb and I call for that extra hand has made our job enjoyable and gratifying. I send heartfelt thanks to all. So, once again, we start our journey and with another blink of an eye it will be contest season!! I know! You cannot wait!!


ith this first SWIFT you will notice several items that we are very excited about for the 2021-2022 year. Many of you came to the Judges/Coaches workshop in the virtual format this year again. What a great day it was to learn so many new ways to express comments in judging. This year we have a 2nd iteration of the re-invented State Debate Clinic. It is going to be virtual and have Simpson College debaters helping out. We are very excited about this because of what it can do for all of our new debate students. New debaters will be able to hear from college debate coaches who are leaders in the field and then actually work with Simpson College debate students who will help write new cases and start that new debate student down a very good path of success for the rest of the year. Please see more info in this SWIFT or on the IHSSA web site.


his year, membership cards were sent to the speech coach of each school and not the school administrator. Many times you have asked for this because the card would get lost or not paid. Be sure to take time to fill out the membership card and get it paid. If you did not receive a membership card contact the state office ASAP.


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oaches Convention on the 15th and 16th of October is going to be a great event. Be sure you are making plans to attend this

year’s convention at the Gateway Hotel in Ames. The Committee has worked hard on the planning and have many great sessions and speakers. For the new coach this is a must! If you know of a new coach, be sure to inform them that they must attend this important part of their training to be a strong and effective IHSSA coach. Plus, you will be able to earn credit again this year. Come to the convention and get 2 hours of credit. More about that on the IHSSA web site plus we will have the Official IHSSA convention guidebook app opening in late September.


f you would like a notice when SWIFT is new and posted please send us an e-mail and we will send an e-mail notice to you each time a new SWIFT is posted online. think we can all agree our IE or Large Group improv skills or spontanteous speaking skills were put to the test last year in our contest season. Whether you did in-person, vitural, or a combination of both you probably worked harder than you ever had worked before in doing IHSSA contest work. Yes, the year of IHSSA was unprecedented but the great thing was it still happened. WE HAD CONTEST when states all across the country were cancelling fine art events. We at the IHSSA found a safe way to make it happen for our students. You did it! You are still here, your school and students needed you and they need you again this coming year. Despite everything we had done, it was not a normal year and yet it was one of the best years that we have ever had in the IHSSA. More students experienced success in so many positive ways when everything around them was taken away. You as the IHSSA coach continued to provide a positive place for them to land. You made their lives fullfilled and provided hope and joy for so many. Going to the local school for contest was just what we needed in that time of hardships. It carried us through so many tough times. We enter a new contest season with challenges before us: professional, personal, and societal. However, I have great hope in what we together will accomplish this year. As the film Shawshank Redemption states, “Hope is a good thing, and maybe the best of things”. Let’s make that hope a reality this year.

CONTEST NOTES CONTEST DATES FOR 2022 Be sure to check in this issue of SWIFT or the web site for the dates of the 2021-2022 IHSSA events. Please communicate these dates to other individuals on your staff and to your students. If you plan for these dates now there will be less conflict during the year. 2022-2023 CONSTITUTION and BY-LAWS This was a rule change year for the IHSSA. The 2021-2023 Constitution and By-Laws Revisions will be published in the next issue of SWIFT. Please check the September issue for these important rule changes. However, if you can’t wait, they will be on the IHSSA web site at in early September. Please remember these changes for rules will now last for 2 years, through the 2023 contest season. The next changes will be in the fall of 2023. All schools will receive a supplement with the new changes for your constitution. Please throw away the previous pages that are now updated. We will also post on the web site the last dates for each page of your constitution when they were updated. ACT/SAT CONFLICTS IN THE 2022 CONTEST SEASON There ARE conflicts with ACT testing this year. Feb 12th and April 2nd are ACT testing dates. There is a conflict with SAT testing on March 12th, the same day as State IE’s. Please remember NO SPECIAL REQUESTS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR SAT OR ACT TESTING!!! Be sure to tell your students to take their test on another date. There are 3 other dates in the fall and another one in the spring. PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS NOW!!! MEMBERSHIP DUES PAID? Make sure your membership dues have been paid for the 2021-2022 school year. Membership cards were mailed from this office on August 20th . This year they were sent directly to the speech coach of each school. Please send in the dues in by November 15, 2021. After November 15, a $15.00 penalty is assessed. Remember, dues for the year are $50.00 for a regular membership and $25.00 for a Junior (9th grade) membership. Membership closes December 1st. We would like to encourage schools to get their Junior membership in at the same time as the regular membership. If you did not receive your membership card please contact Deb ( the State Office. If you know of a school that is not a member, please encourage them to join. We continue to work towards our goal to have every school in the state as a member of the IHSSA! If we can help encourage a school near you, please contact the State Office. 2021-2022 TOPICS FOR POLICY, L-D, AND PUBLIC FORUM Topics are posted at the following link: Many helpful links are included on their web site for the classroom educator, too!! A NOTE ABOUT USERNAMES AND PASSWORDS Welcome Back!! The usernames and passwords for the on-line forms and registration are the same as last year. If you do not have / remember / know your username and password, you can call the State Office 515-401-1833. Please keep your username and password handy, as you will be using it several times during speech season. If you have a new coach, be sure to share your information with them! Have a great year and feel free to call with questions and concerns anytime! MENTORING PROGRAM The IHSSA would like to help any fellow coaches who believe they would benefit from a mentoring program. All you need to do is give the State Office a call and indicate that you would like to have a fellow coach as a IHSSA QR patch mentor. The State Office will then contact a coach in your area and set up a mentoring program between the two coaches. If you would like to have more information on this subject, please call the IHSSA. If you are a new coach this would be VERY important for you to have a mentor

Please if you are new or newer coach contact Deb Robbins in the State Office for important information for you to have as a new coach. Her contact is or 515-401-1833. She in turn will send you a letter with important dates and information on how to register for contest and paying fees and so on. Please take a moment to contact Deb Robbins in the State office for that information.

IHSSA JUDGE CERTIFICATION SITES JUDGE CERTIFICATION FOR 2021-2022 Judge Certification sessions last for 1 and ½ hour. Please arrive 10 minutes before the starting time. You may attend any one of the following sites for Certification. If you cannot get to one of the following sites please contact the State Office 515-401-1834. If you are a certified judge a letter will be sent to you by the end of August with more info about certification. Please bring a pen or pencil and $5 certification fee for the year. VIRTUAL SESSION November 17, 7:00 p.m. virtual webinar for Experienced Judges recertification only (To attend this virtual session you must email the State Office and ask for the link for the session contact by November 15th ) IF YOU ATTENDED THE AUGUST WORKSHOP, THAT COUNTS AS CERTIFICATION IF YOU TOOK THE TEST. IN-PERSON SESSIONS If you attend one of the following sessions you will be required to follow what the local school has for mask mandates. Please check the web site ( for updates. SOUTHWEST Adel Shenandoah Des Moines

ADM High School Shenandoah High School DM East High School

Saturday, September 11, 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 2, 10:00 a.m.

SOUTHEAST Pella Williamsburg Monticello

Pella High School Williamsburg High School Monticello High School

Wednesday, September 15, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 28, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 9, 10:00 a.m.

Spencer Storm Lake Moville

NORTHWEST Spencer High School Storm Lake High School Woodbury Central High School

Wednesday, September 29, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 30, 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.

NORTHEAST Osage Postville Waverly

Osage High School Postville High School Waverly-Shell Rock High School

Wednesday, September 22, 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.

SWIFT One of the best places to find out what the IHSSA Speech Coach needs to know is the montly publication SWIFT. The only place that publication is located is on the IHSSA website. Please be sure to take time to read SWIFT each month as there are many important items in each publication. One of the things we at the State Office hate to hear is, “I never knew that!”, when it had been in SWIFT for the last several months as a reminder. If you wish to receive a notification when SWIFT is new each month, please contact Deb (deb@ihssa) Robbins in the State Office and put ‘notification’ in the header of the email. In turn, the State Office will contact you with a notice to your email each time a new SWIFT is printed for your viewing.

IHSSA Fine Arts Administrator Award This award will be given to one Administrator at the Fall Convention. The award was developed by the IHSSA Executive Committee to recognize those administrators in Iowa who go above and beyond the call of duty for IHSSA. To receive this award an administrator must be nominated by their IHSSA coach. This nomination should be in letter form no longer than 2 pages and not less than 1. In the letter each coach should state the reasons why this administrator should be recognized as the IHSSA Fine Arts Administrator of the year. This person can be any administrator in your district ie: Supt., Principal, AD, Assistant Principal and so on. They also must be an active administrator at this time. Be sure to include details such as their position in your school district and examples of their work to make the IHSSA better in your school district. Deadline for application is September 27th. Letters of recommendation can be sent at this time to the IHSSA. Please indicate on the outside of the envelope that it is a nomination for IHSSA Fine Arts Administrator of the year. Be sure to honor those who have made your life better through their support!

Learning to Perform on Life’s Stage. Ta-dah! After the last year of pulling rabbits out of hats and shaping the course of classroom learning and performing in the IHSSA while standing on our heads and working technology magic, we now look forward to joining our road-show speech family at the 49th annual IHSSA Speech Coaches Convention! Our theme is “IHSSA: Learning to Perform on Life’s Stage”. Whether you are new to coaching or a seasoned ringmaster of the speech circus, the star-studded presenters in our 3-ring convention spectacle will dazzle you with resources for your classroom and for building and re-energizing your team. IMPROV 2.0! (oooh!) Learn to conjure a debate program out of thin air! (ahhhh!) Empower focus as you learn to use mindfulness teaching in your classroom or in your event teams! (cue applause) You will learn tricks and techniques for your classroom and speech team from so many distinguished ringmasters from around the state. We’ll also reconnect at the Hall of Fame banquet and dessert bar hosted by coaches from the SW district. As you raise the curtain on the school year, plan to join us October 15th & 16th at the Gateway Convention Center in Ames! There will be prizes for early registration before Oct. 1 and for those who attend the whole conference. Again, continuing ed/graduate credit will be awarded. Get into the act and register! Room Cut off Date for Convention is Oct. 1, 2021

Take HWY 30 into Ames, exit at 146 or Elwood Drive. Head south on Elwood Drive and then turn right or west on Green Hills Drive. You can see the Hotel from the HWY.

Parking is FREE all around the hotel... parking in the North lot for hotel West lot for convention


OCTOBER 15 and 16, 2021 GATEWAY HOTEL 2100 GREEN HILLS DRIVE AMES, IOWA 800-367-2637 / 515-292-8600 Online registration link for hotel is at PLEASE GO TO THE IHSSA WEB SITE TO REGISTER. ALL REGISTRATION IS ONLINE. THE REGISTRATION LINK IS OPEN NOW. IF YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE REGISTERING PLEASE CONTACT THE STATE OFFICE. When making your reservations with the Gateway Hotel, please be sure to let them know you are attending the IHSSA Coaches Convention. The Gateway Hotel will hold rooms until OCT. 1, 2021. Then, all unreserved rooms will be open to the public. You will, however, still be able to receive the IHSSA Con vention rate after the 1st if they have rooms. In some year many tried to get rooms after the deadline and had some trouble. IHSSA Convention Schedule Friday Oct 15

ROOM RATES: for the Gateway Hotel in Ames D o u b l e / K i n g $124, Executive King $124 Ex. Jr. Suite $124 Call 800-367-2637 / 515-292-8600 or onlinebook:https://reser-

Pre convention session 9:30 a.m. Lunch 11:15 a.m. Keynote 12:15 p.m. Sessions 1:15 p.m. District Meeting 4:30 p.m. HOF Banquet 6:30 p.m.

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Breakfast 7:30 a.m. SWIFT sessions 9:00 a.m Sessions 10:00 a.m. Judge Certification 12:30 p.m.

A more complete schedule with times and session titles will be posted in the next SWIFT and online in September.

Friday night Hall of Fame Banquet is a time to dress up a bit. We suggest Business Dress. See you there!

You will be able to earn 2 graduate credit hours at the IHSSA Coaches Convention. Look for info in this Sept. issue of SWIFT or online now.


RICHARD RIGGLEMAN YOUNG SPEECH COACH AWARD The Richard Riggleman Speech Coach Award was established to recognize young IHSSA Speech Coaches. The award consists of $1,000 per year, renewable for two consecutive years, for a total of $3,000. Contact the State Office for forms and they must be in by September 29th. The recipient must be a second or a third year teacher as of the start of the 2021-2022 school year and active in IHSSA activities. Those interested may contact the IHSSA State Office for an application. The award will be presented at the annual IHSSA Speech Coaches Convention. The profile of the recipient should reflect the following disciplines: (1) must be in a second year residence of teaching at an Iowa school participating in the IHSSA; (2) show a commitment to coaching speech, large group events, individual events, and/or debate; (3) demonstrate excellence in the coaching of speech; (4) have past experience competing in high school or college speech; and (5) present a scholastic record with an emphasis in speech courses. The Riggleman Award is the first of its kind that has been established with the IHSSA. Mr. Riggleman was an active IHSSA coach for over 30 years and was inducted into the IHSSA Hall of Fame in 1994. The IHSSA is extremely grateful to Mr. Riggleman for his generous and continued support of the Iowa High School Speech Association.

REMINDER! When making payments please put on the check what event that check is for. This is just a reminder to help in our bookeeping and also will help with you and your PO work at your schools.

Home of the Judge/Coaches Workshop & IHSSA State Offices (Craig was the only one at the office this year!) THANKS..... To all who attended the 28th Annual Judges/Coaches Workshop this August via the zoom meeting. Approximately 185 judges and coaches attended from across the state that day and several watching the video later. It was an informative and exciting day put together by the Judge Certification Committee. Gratitudes to the presenters for their wonderful contributions as workshop leaders. They were: Paul Yeager, IPTV Dennis Doyle, IHSSA Hall of Fame/Judge Jennifer Burton, IHSSA Judge Teresa Jackson, Iowa Central Community College Special Thanks to Jason Eslinger of the IGHSAU for his work in setting up this truly wonderful event. Of interest for the day - Paul Yeager was on his way to do work for IPVT at the Iowa State Fair and have a corn dog, Dennis Doyle and Jennifer Burton both did their presentations from out of State, and Teresa Jackson even performed for us and sang during her presentation. Talk about a group who really worked to make this happen for all of our judges. We had several comments that stated the morning treats at home were not as good as the ones you received when the workshop was in person. We can all work on that for the future. Thanks to the Judge Certification team of Mark Morehead, Gehlen Catholic; Dirk Waller, CB Abe Lincoln; Vince Hrasky, Tri-County; Lisa Phyfe, Waverly-Shell Rock; and Stacy Hansen, WDM Valley. Their work in putting together this positive event is outstanding. Please send suggestions to them or the State Office if you wish to have an area that you would like to see and hear about in 2022!

Quick Note from Deb and the IHSSA Welcome Back!! Just a reminder to make sure your fees are paid from last year. There are some schools that still need to pay their fees from the 2021 contest season. I have written e-mail reminders to those schools. Thank you for your attention to these matters and have a great year!!


NORTHWEST Denison-Schleswig Manson NW Webster SC East

LARGE GROUP SITES: DISTRICT SOUTHWEST NORTHEAST Centennial Cascade Clarke Waterloo West CB Abe Lincoln Hampton-Dumont



NORTHWEST Kuemper Catholic Sibley-Ocheydan Newell-Fonda Lawton-Bronson Woodbury Central


SOUTHEAST Monticello Ottumwa Montezuma Pella CR Kennedy

SOUTHEAST Marshalltown North Scott Tri-County Central City Grinnell

For Registration.....Just a friendly reminder to please print two copies of each registration for contest and turn one copy into your business office to send payment to the IHSSA. If the name of the contest could be on the payment it would be greatly appreciated. Happy Contest.


IOWA HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH ASSOCIATION 51st ANNUAL DEBATE CLINIC Simpson College / IHSSA Hosting (Held in the Virtual format) October 2, 2021 SCHEDULE OF THE DAY 10-10:15 Why Debate? Welcome by Tim Sheaff, Dowling Catholic Debate Coach 10:15-11:00 Basics of Public Forum Debate. Learn the mechanics of Public Forum from coaches and students in an interactive workshop. Handouts and examples will be provided! Spencer Waugh, Simpson College Debate Coach 11:00 BREAK 11:00 -11:30 “How To” Hints for each speech in Debate, Spencer Waugh, Simpson College Debate Coach Kirk Kelloway, CAM (Director of the WILD Debate League) 11:30 Q & A, Spencer Waugh ,Simpson College Debate Coach Case Writing Workshop (optional) Simpson College Students will be on hand to help any students who want to help a student get started on drafting a case.


Get these dates to your students, parents, and administration so you can plan for these dates next year! Web link for all Unified Dates for 2021-2026

SE District Ex. Committee Election Election will be held this coming fall for the position on the Ex. Committee for the SE district of the IHSSA. Ballots will be sent out after Labor Day. If you have an Administrator who is interested in serving on this Committee please have them contact the IHSSA State Office. We will be glad to give them details and responsibilties that are needed for this position. Kevin Seney of Grinnell, has served and is running for re-election for the postion.

We are very excited about this newer format for the Clinic. This event will be held in the virtual format. Please contact the State Office for the webinar link. Students and Coaches both are encouraged to register for the event. Perhaps you could bring all of your Debate students together and view the event at school or watch it at each of your own environments? The choice is yours this year. What a great opportunity for you as new debaters or coaches to actually work with someone to help you find your way in this exciting activity. We thank Spencer Waugh and his staff and students at Simpson College in making this a positive way to start someone in Debate. THIS CLINIC IS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER DONE DEBATE ACTIVITIES OR THOSE WHO ARE JUST STARTING… EVERYONE IS WELCOMED. Coaches, students and even judges are welcome to register for this webinar. Please pass this on to your students!!! Contact the State Office for the link for the Clinic webinar set for October 2, 10:00 a.m. When: October 2, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time Topic: IHSSA State Debate Clinic Register in advance for this webinar by contacting for the webinar link

Questions please contact: or 515-401-1834

IHSSA HALL OF FAME SCHOLARSHIP The 31st - 34th IHSSA Hall of Fame Scholarships have been awarded. This is the second year with 4 recipients given the IHSSA Hall of Fame Scholarship award. The 2021 recipients are Jazlyn Smith, Independence; Erica Heiselman, Pleasant Valley; Elizabeth Vance, Dallas Center-Grimes; and Elizabeth Ellis, Washington High School, Cherokee. All were involoved in many aspects of the IHSSA, doing Large Group and Individual Events; many performed community service; and participated in other theatre and speech opportunities. All were performers at the All-State Festivals. In fact - an interesting fact this Spring - all were nominated as All-State Speakers for the LG and IE All-State Festival from mini state contests from across the state. The awarded students we not only active in their school but also had outstanding participation in community events and groups. All 4 recipients were selected from many entries across the state of Iowa after lengthy deliberation by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The Hall of Fame members would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s scholarship process. All applicants are congratulated for their fine work in IHSSA activities.

Erica Heiselman, Pleasant Valley & Coach Christina Myatt Elizabeth Ellis, Washington High School, Cherokee & Coaches Jaylene & James DeVos Jazlyn Smith, Indepedence & Coaches Gina Homan & Carole Franz Elizabeth Vance, Dallas Center-Grimes, Presenting award Brad Nesbitt IHSSA HOF

IHSSA Info Web site e-mail phone # 515-288-9741(main) Toll Free (new) 888-985-6547 Direct Craig 515-401-1834 Direct Deb 515-401-18339 Address IHSSA 5000 Westown Parkway Suite 150 West Des Moines, Ia. 50266 Office hours 8 - 4:30 M-F Deb will take lunch from 12:00 -1:00 and Craig will take lunch from 1:00 - 2:00.

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