(402) 310-4153 Info@nietoc.com

Bringing the best and brightest students  together…

The National Individual Events Tournament of Champions brings the nation’s best and brightest students and teachers in Oral Interpretation and Public Address together to participate in a Tournament of Champions.


For Teachers and Coaches:

The NIETOC will provide helpful workshops, networking opportunities with programs nationwide, and the opportunity to judge some of the best performances in the nation.


For Students:

NIETOC will provide an educational workshop focused on improving speaking skills, excellent competition and a chance to meet speech competitors from all over the nation.

Welcome to The NIETOC!

The NIETOC offers competition in Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Duet Acting, Original Oratory, Informative Speaking, Program of Oral Interpretation, and Extemporaneous Speaking. Champions in main events and the overall individual performer will receive scholarships. The Josephine Mamie Dukes Outstanding Teacher Award will be presented to an outstanding coach. Students may double enter in one flight and single enter in the alternate flight, in order to compete in a maximum of three events. The NIETOC is designed to give competitors an amazing competitive experience, with its student-centered schedule, competitive costs and minimal judge requirements. 


Then. Now. Tomorrow!

Details and Rules

This is where you will go to see how to qualify, find out more about our policies, entry fees, and deadlines, and learn how to become a bid school, etc.

Am I Qualified?

Click here to search for your name and see if you are qualified for any upcoming tournaments. Each competitor must have AT LEAST TWO BIDS per event in order to qualify 

2023 -2024 Bid School By State

Click here to view our current Bid Schools listed in alphabitical order by state. If you would like to become a bid school, please fill out the form located further down this page.

2023-2024 Bid School By Date

Click here to view our current Bid Schools listed in chronological order by Date. If you would like to become a bid school, please fill out the form located further down this page.

How Can I Qualify 

Option 1

Automatic Qualifier* — To automatically qualify for the NIETOC, students must meet one of the following criteria:

A – Semifinalist or Finalist at previous year’s NIETOC, NSDA or NCFL tournaments in the same main event for which they are currently registering.  (Contestants in NCFL Dramatic Performance would have to declare as either HI or DI, depending on the piece that was performed.)

B – Top three finish at current year’s state tournament (if held prior to entry deadline).

Option 2

Bid Qualifier* — To qualify via the Bid System for the NIETOC, students must earn two bids in a given event at NIETOC-designated tournaments throughout the country.

A – Regular Season Bids — The list of tournaments at which students can earn bids is posted on the NIETOC website.

During with the 2020-2021 competitive season, bids are gained at the following levels:

0-19 contestants = FIRST PLACE BID

20-34 contestants = FIRST, SECOND & THIRD PLACE BIDS

35-50 contestants = FINAL ROUND BIDS

51-70 contestants = SEMIFINAL ROUND BIDS

71-99 contestants = QUARTERFINAL ROUND BIDS

 100 + contestants = OCTAFINAL ROUND BIDS

The following adjusted criteria have been established for the determination of acceptance of tournament bid applications, beginning with the 2018 NIETOC Tournament.  In the event that the tournament reaches maximum room capacity, the following criteria will be taken into account, on an event-by-event basis, when accepting bid applications:

1.  Best two bid ranks earned

2.  Total number of bids earned

3.  Total number of entries in the event where bids were earned

4.  Contestant’s entry in another main event at this year’s NIETOC competition

5.  Contestant’s or contestant’s school attendance at least year’s tournament

B – Post-Season Bids — Contestants receive one bid for each of the following:
>One bid earned by being an Octafinalist or Quarterfinalist at previous year’s NIETOC in that event..
>One bid earned by being a Finalist at previous year’s state tournament in that event..
>One bid earned by being a Finalist at current year’s state tournament in that event.. We will also extend a bid to semifinalists at the current year’s state tournament if there are more than 50 contestants in that event.
>One bid earned by qualifying for the current year’s NSDA national tournament in that event.

Option 3

To be considered under the At-Large system, a student must earn three “legs” which can be earned at any NIETOC Bid or non-Bid tournaments that accumulate to a total ranking of 12 or less. This is a change from previous years.

To illustrate:           

Joe Smith’s DI ranks:   4th, 6th, 4th, 5th, 8th

Sarah Jones’ HI ranks: 4th, 3rd, 1st, 2nd, 12th

In this scenario, Joe’s best three tournaments result in a total of 13, while Sarah’s best three results in a total of 6. Thus, Sarah would qualify for consideration as an at-large entry to NIETOC, but Joe would not.

*Students meeting the above qualification criteria must complete the NIETOC online registration via SpeechWire and provide a working link to documentation via a Google folder. Competitors will be placed on a waiting list until all supporting information can be confirmed. At-large registration is due by March 31, with acceptance notifications provided by April 10.

2023 Tournament Champions

Mfaz Mohamed Ali

Mfaz Mohamed Ali

Original Oratory

Christopher Heiskell - Devin Claudio

Christopher Heiskell - Devin Claudio


Rosie Zubrod

Rosie Zubrod


Christopher Heiskell

Christopher Heiskell

The Perfect Performance

Hibaq Hassan

Hibaq Hassan


Mariam Elias-Danjuma

Mariam Elias-Danjuma

Dramatic Interp

Kate Van Zandt

Kate Van Zandt


White Bear Lake, MN

White Bear Lake, MN

Act 1

Greta Homuth

Greta Homuth

Humorous Interp

Agrim Joshi

Agrim Joshi


Claire Rooney

Claire Rooney


Eastview, MN

Eastview, MN

Act 2

Jocelyn Floyd

Jocelyn Floyd

Informative Speaking

Adrianna Rodriguez - Christopher Heiskell

Adrianna Rodriguez - Christopher Heiskell


Luna Bouhairi

Luna Bouhairi


Moorhead, MN

Moorhead, MN

Act 3


Meet the brilliant minds behind the NIETOC.

Matt Heimes

President/Tournament Director

Dr. Tommie Lindsey

Executive Director

Demond Wilson

Executive Producer

Rachel Warnecke


Joele Denis

Communications Manager

Justin Kurup

DEI Officer

Kim Lenger


Travis Rother

Vice President

Anna Steed


Grant Thomas

Asst Tournament Director


Robert Shepard

Karen Gossett

Contact us 

Are you interested in being a sponsor? Have questions about attending the event? Get in touch now.

5330 NW 6th Street 
Lincoln, NE 368521-4306

By Phone: (402) 310-4153
By Fax: (402) 436-1085 ATTN M.HEIMES
By Email: info@nietoc.com