Happy Valentine’s Day from NIETOC!

2018 NIETOC Duo Finalists
The world of competitive speech is one driven by stories…stories that touch our hearts, challenge our minds, and tickle our funny bones. The goal of the NIETOC Board is to provide our tournament attendees with an “Experience” that reminds us why we do this activity and why words matter. We strive to bring both heart and humor into a weekend celebration of those who give so much of their lives teaching and sharing the power of the spoken word.
It is hard to believe that we will be hosting our tenth annual tournament in a few months. We are grateful for all of you who have joined the NIETOC family and helped us learn and grow over the past decade. We appreciate the wonderful conversations with fellow educators, the incredible performances by your students, and the memorable laughs with colleagues from around the country.
Please take a moment to read the words of wisdom shared by Conor Sherry, one of last year’s national champions about why, now more than ever, humor matters. After all, as the great American writer and humorist Mark Twain once quipped: “The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”
We hope that you and your team will have the opportunity to join us for our 2019 competition in Omaha, Nebraska, where we will do our best to create three days of education and competition that will make you feel, think and laugh.
-Matt Heimes, President

this video
to find out why.
Qualifying Methods
Students may qualify to attend the 2019 competition in one of the following ways:
  Automatic: Semifinalist/Finalist at 2018 NIETOC, NCFL, NSDA national tournaments OR Top 3 at 2019 state tournaments.
  Bid: Students must earn two bids in that event at the NIETOC-designated bid tournaments during the 2018-19 season and/or during the 2018 & 2019 post-seasons.
  At-Large: Students must have three tournament final round placements (from any tournaments) that accumulate to a total of 10 or below. We will process at-large entries as room allows following the acceptance of automatic and bid applicants.
  Bonus: Each school is granted two bonus entries in Duet Acting (as long as one of the actors is already qualified to attend) and one bonus entry in POI (as long as the school has other qualified entries).
Please find specific details about all options on our website and at SpeechWire.
Important Links

Interested in hosting the NIETOC? Click above to complete an application for 2020, 2021 or 2022. Due Date: March 31
The NIETOC Board seeks your suggestions for workshop topics and presenters. Click link above to share your ideas!
NIETOC Seeking Tournament Ads
Whether you recognize your competitors or advertise next year’s invitational tournament, we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to promote your program. All copy-ready ads should be sent to:
no later than April 10, 2019. The cost of available space is listed below:
FULL PAGE = $150     HALF PAGE = $75   QUARTER PAGE = $50       
The Power of One Voice

The moment I walked onto the final stage at NIETOC and took a deep breath, I realized that my voice really does matter, and I have a duty to be a voice for the voiceless. NIETOC was also a turning point in my passion for HI. As an HI competitor, you can sometimes feel like you are just making people laugh. It’s easy to feel overshadowed by the more political or dramatic events. But before the HI final round, Mr. Robert Shepard spoke to the finalists and made me realize the importance and power of humor. I realized that, with the current state of the world, making people smile could change their day or their lives. After NIETOC, I took more pride in spreading a message through humor. I learned that if you truly care deep down in your heart about what you are saying, it doesn’t matter what event, what emotion, or what place you get; you are going to have an effect on people. It’s because of tournaments like NIETOC that we get the opportunity to fulfill our human duty.” 
Conor Sherry
Archbishop Mitty HS, California
2018 Humorous Interpretation Champion
The Embassy Suites & Courtyard Complex by Marriott Omaha-LaVista will serve as our tournament headquarters. These two hotels are connected by the conference center where our coaches breakfast, tournament registration, opening ceremony and workshops will take place. Rooms are available for $139 at Embassy and for $119 at Courtyard (breakfast included). The convention center is about 25 minutes from the Omaha airport and about 15 minutes from Millard North HS.
Book your rooms via our

website reservation page.
Nebraska Welcomes
Although our new state slogan may indicate otherwise, the Cornhusker State is looking forward to hosting the 10
anniversary tournament. We hope you join us at Millard North High School in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 10-12, 2019!