ROCK SPRINGS — The Mustang Speech and Debate Team at Western Wyoming Community College will host a number of other colleges and universities from Wyoming and across the region on Dec. 2 – 4 for the second annual Winter is Coming Invitational Tournament at the Rock Springs campus. The team is looking for educators and other professionals with an interest in speech and debate to serve as judges for this event. No experience is necessary, and training for first-time judges will be provided the week of the event.
“This is our second annual tournament, and we have more participating colleges and universities than last time, so we definitely need volunteer judges to make this tournament a success,” said Mustang Speech and Debate Head Coach Kristy McManus. “Friday’s tournament will be devoted to debates, and Saturday and Sunday will be devoted to Individual Events – speeches, interpretation, etc. This is a major event for our campus, and it will bring a lot of visitors to Rock Springs that weekend.”
The tournament will run from 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 p.m. each day. In-person training for first-time judges will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m. at the Rock Springs campus. Online training is also available.
For judges who might be interested in coming from out of town, Western has a limited number of residence hall rooms available in Aspen Mountain Hall. These rooms will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis to judges who would like to remain in Rock Springs overnight and volunteer for two or even all three days. Three meals daily will be provided for all judges as well as coaches and student competitors.
Additionally, volunteer judges from the community who volunteer for at least one full day of the tournament may receive one free ticket either to the Friday, Dec. 2, or Saturday, Dec. 3 evening performance of “A Christmas Carol,” presented by Western’s Performing Arts Department. A limited number of tickets for each performance is available to these community volunteers on a first-come, first-served basis.
Educators or other professionals from the community who would like to serve as judges for the Winter is Coming Invitational Tournament in December may contact Assistant Professor of Communication and Forensics Kristy McManus at (307) 382-1874 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.