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Lutheran Elementary School Tournament

President’s Day Weekend, February 18-20, 2022
Concordia University Irvine
Registration Cost: $250

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Lutheran Elementary School Tournament (L.E.S.T.)

President’s Day Weekend, February 18-20, 2022

A long-standing tradition since 1962, the L.E.S.T. is now hosted at Concordia University Irvine! The Tournament is an invitation to compete against other Western Lutheran Elementary Schools in 15 different events. Awards are also given to an individual student that strives to live like a Champion of Character, and the school whose total contribution exhibits Service, and the Spirit of L.E.S.T.

2022 Tournament Events

Download the 2022 Printable L.E.S.T. Manual for more details about the tournament and all of this year's activities.


Art

Art

Description + Regulations

Art (display) provides recognition for each student’s contribution. All artwork must be original designs (nothing copied from magazines, cards, pre-packaged craft projects, etc.), and students are free to choose any art medium (2D, 3D, digital, graphic design, etc.). Each contribution must also include an identification label with the artist’s name, grade level, school, and city.

Schedule

To give judges plenty of time to evaluate each piece of artwork, schools must submit their artwork to Concordia University Irvine no later than January 11th. The art will be on display via monitors on all three campuses (Concordia University Irvine, Crean Lutheran High School, and Orange Lutheran High School) throughout the tournament. *Artworks receiving special awards will be printed and displayed in Concordia University’s Gallery.

A ribbon along with comments will be given for each submitted piece of artwork that is received by the January 11th deadline. Acknowledgement of the art (display) will be made at the Closing Ceremony on February 20, 2022.

How to Participate

Each school will photograph and email every art entry individually to [email protected] by January 11, 2022. The email should include the medium and dimensions of the art piece. Please observe the limit of 15 total pieces of artwork per school, one piece of art per student. The identification information should be included below the bottom right corner of the photo of the art piece, and also in the email submission. The attached photo must also be labeled with the artist’s name, grade level, school, and city (i.e. ryansmith_5_stjohns_orange.jpg). JPEG or PNG file format only. A ribbon along with comments will be given for each submitted piece of artwork that is received by the January 11th deadline.

Basketball

Basketball

Overview

The basketball tournament is one of the original events of LEST. There is a boy’s tournament and a girl’s tournament each year with the number of divisions determined by how many teams submit entries. Schools are asked to commit themselves to repeated participation in the tournament rather than one-time or occasional play.

Tournament Bracketing

Team placement into divisions is typically determined by the size of the school. Schools may request to have more than one team in the tournament, if they have a second team at their school that plays an independent schedule during their season. Schools with a second team cannot have the same players playing on both of their teams. A second team may advance in the bracket unless it is classified as an exhibition team, which is a non-advancing team. It is not the goal of LEST to do intensive seeding and research on teams prior to the tournament. Avoiding having teams play first round games against teams they play during the regular season are taken into account for tournament seeding purposes.

Referees

The referees are hired professionals. Full cooperation from all schools and fans during the basketball competition is expected. Schools should specifically address the issue of Christian sportsmanship with their teams and supporters prior to attending LEST.

Schedule

Tentative tournament brackets will be completed in January 18th, and the final official brackets will be completed February 1. The LEST website will be the most current location to follow the brackets during the event. The tournament is double elimination, and each team will be guaranteed two games.

Schedule

All games will be regulated by the rules of the Lutheran Basketball Association of America (LBAA) with the following exceptions:

  1. Quarters will be 6 minutes long.
  2. No full court press will be permitted after a 20-point lead is attained. After the first infraction, the team will be warned. Every following infraction will result in a technical foul.

Schools are required to bring a scorebook and have their starting line-ups posted in the book prior to the start of the game. The designated home team will provide someone to keep the official scorebook, and the visiting team will provide someone to run the clock. The home team is responsible for having someone say the opening prayer.

How to Participate

Each school must register their team(s) via the Registration Form on the LEST website. A copy of each team’s roster is to be submitted by November 30. A draft of the tournament bracket and schedule will be emailed December 15, 2021. Review, input, and feedback by the school’s Athletic Director and Basketball Coaches by January 5, 2022 will help improve the final tournament schedule and enhance the experience of all participants.

Cheerleading

Cheerleading

Description + Regulations

The Cheerleading Competition is conducted with two divisions: “A” and “AAA.” The “A” division is for schools with an enrollment of less than 75 students in 5th-8th grade, and the “AAA” division is for schools with an enrollment of 75 or more students in 5th−8th grade. Squads are comprised of 5th-8th grade students (male or female). Team trophies will be awarded to the highest scoring teams. The number of awards will depend on the number of squads in each division. LEST may also provide outstanding performance awards for individual or group demonstrations. Squads must be duly constituted by their respective school with an advisor in attendance. They must also have been in existence through basketball season, cheering at home and/or away games. No school may have more than one cheerleading squad competing at LEST.

How to Participate

  1. Cheerleading squads must register their team via the Registration Form on the LEST website. A copy of each team’s roster is to be submitted no later than November 30.
  2. Each cheer team is required to submit an in-order outline of their routine with a list of all stunts, stacks, dismounts, and tumbling that they plan to use for their LEST routine. Please include photocopies of the pages in the NFHS Spirit Rules Book where the stacks, stunts, dismounts, tumbling are shown to be legal. This outline must be received no later than January 18. Squads may eliminate stunts that they cannot perfect by LEST, but will not be allowed to add any new ones. Please send a list of any deleted items by February 1. The Judges will use these outlines as part of their scoring tools.

Schedule

The LEST Cheerleading Competition date and time will be emailed and posted by February 1, 2022. It will run in conjunction with the LEST Dance Competition. The Cheerleading Competition will be first, then mats will be removed, and the Dance Competition will go second.

Even though the two competitions are run back to back, they are judged separately and on different criteria. Please pay close attention to the judging forms (available on the LEST website) for the respective competitions. Scoring is based on the fundamental skills listed on the judging forms. The judges scoring criteria will also be available on the LEST website.

In addition, the Cheerleading Squad may perform at the half time of their school’s LEST basketball game(s), as desired, and as time allows.

Major Requirements for Cheerleading Routines

  1. Squads must consist of 4 or more members with a maximum of 20 cheerleaders on the floor at one time.
  2. Total routine time limit is 3 minutes with no more than half of the routine done to music. Time begins with the first note of music or the first organized motion. Time ends when all team members have cleared the floor completely. Teams that exceed the total time limit will receive a 10-point deduction. Teams that exceed the one and onehalf minute music limit will receive a 10-point deduction.
  3. Music is required to be on a CD, thumb drive, cell phone, or MP3 player (not provided). All music must be properly registered on the Cheerleading Competition form listing Song, Artist, Album, and Recording label for each piece of music. This is due to copyright laws. No music with inappropriate language or theme will be allowed.
  4. Competition routines shall contain at least one chant/sideline cheer and one floor/crowd cheer. (Leading the crowd will increase your score as per the score guidelines.)
  5. All stunts must be performed on mats. Mats will be available and set up prior to the Cheerleading Competition.
  6. Additional information can be found in the Cheerleading Competition Rules located on the LEST website.

Judges + Timers

There will be both Standard Judges and Technical Judges for the Cheerleading Competition. Judges will be seated in the upper section of the East side of the gym. Keep this in mind when preparing your routines.

There will be two timers for the competition. One timer will be seated with the Judges and one will be on or near the floor. In the event that one timer finds a timing violation and the other does not, a time violation will be taken.

Score Sheets + Awards

Teams will receive their score sheets after LEST has concluded. They will be emailed within a few weeks after LEST has concluded. Team awards will be given out on Sunday at the Closing Ceremony.

LEST will NOT be videotaping the Cheerleading + Dance Competition.

Chess

Chess

Description + Regulations

The LEST Chess Tournament is a competition conducted using the United States Chess Federation (USCF) National Scholastic Chess Tournament Regulations as a guide. There are four divisions to the tournament (5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades), with a limit of one student from each school for each division. The registration form will allow you to also supply the name of an alternate for each grade in case the first person is unable to participate at the LEST Chess Tournament. There will be team awards for the three teams that score the highest number of cumulative points among their school’s chess participants. To facilitate the team scoring, an alternate will be allowed to play a match if the original player cannot attend a subsequent match because of conflicting events. Any points that the alternate earns will not go toward the individual player for whom they are filling in, but any points they earn will go toward the team award. A player missing a match because of a conflicting LEST event will be at a significant disadvantage as far as earning an individual chess award. Allowing alternates to fill in for a player who has a time conflict will give the opportunity for more students to participate and give more of a “team” feeling for all of the team members from each school.

The following General Regulations apply:

  1. All games will be played with standard tournament chess sets which will be supplied by Concordia University.
  2. Clocks will not be used, except at the referee’s discretion.
  3. A referee will be present who will adjudicate or clock games when necessary or at the referee’s discretion. The referee’s decisions will be final.
  4. Each school must have an advisor present at the start of round one to insure that players understand and follow all instructions.
  5. Coaches/parents will be allowed in the competition room as long as they are silent and stand only behind their student/child - not facing them - and refraining from emoting/gesturing, whispering, etc. After each game finishes, players will immediately leave the tournament room to review their game with coaches, parents, and/or teammates outside of the competition room.
  6. Standard Chess Etiquette (behavior) is expected from all players, including:
    • Don’t talk except to say “check,” “adjust,” “resign” and other necessary chess statements.
    • If you have questions about moves or feel a mistake has been made, call the referee IMMEDIATELY. It is impossible to make corrections once other moves are made.
    • If you touch a piece, except by accident, you must move it.
    • Be sure your board is set up correctly: with a black square on your LEFT corner, the white queen on her white square, the black queen on her black square.

Winners should notify the chess tournament director after their match has concluded to have their victory registered on the tournament bracket.

Schedule

The first rounds of the LEST chess tournament will begin Friday afternoon and the final rounds will be held on Saturday morning. All participants must be present at the check in time (which will be indicated on the official schedule in January) so that play can begin on time. All participants will be scheduled to play five games. The tournament should finish before the closing awards ceremony. This tournament will follow the Swiss System, using computer software to make the pairings, keep the scores, and calculate any necessary tie-breaking.

The official time schedule for the chess tournament will be published in January.

How to Participate

Prior registration is required for this event. Please use the registration form to enter the participants by December 7. Alternates are permitted and can fill in for a participant who has a time conflict due to another LEST event, but they must also be pre-registered.

On the Friday morning of LEST, the lists of participants from the participating schools will be posted on the wall outside the room where the chess tournament will be played. It will be very helpful if this information could be updated with any changes before check-in time for the first round (Chess coaches may write in changes on the posted lists). Also, if changes are known before the LEST begins, those changes can be emailed to the LEST Director so that they can be updated before being posted.

Limit of 1 - 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade participant per school.

Dance/Drill

Dance/Drill

Description + Regulations

The Dance Competition is conducted with two divisions: “A” and “AAA.” The “A” division is for schools with an enrollment of less than 75 students in 5th-8th grade, and the “AAA” division is for schools with an enrollment of 75 or more students in 5th−8th grade. Squads are comprised of 5th-8th grade students (male or female). The dance competition is only for dance routines. No school may have more than one group competing in this competition. Teams must be duly constituted by their respective school with an advisor in attendance. It is expected that they will have performed at school functions prior to LEST. Team trophies will be awarded to the highest scoring teams. The number of awards will depend on the number of squads in each division. LEST may also provide outstanding performance awards for individual or group demonstrations.

How to Participate

Dance teams must register their team via the Registration Form on the LEST website. A copy of each team’s roster is to be submitted no later than November 30.

Schedule

The LEST Dance Competition date and time will be emailed and posted by February 1, 2022. It will run in conjunction with the LEST Cheerleading Competition. The Cheerleading Competition will be first, then mats will be removed, and the Dance Competition will go second.

Even though the two competitions are run back to back, they are judged separately and on different criteria. Please pay close attention to the judging forms (available on the LEST website) for the respective competitions. Scoring is based on the fundamental skills listed on the judging forms. The judges scoring criteria will also be available on the LEST website.

In addition, the Dance Team may perform at the half time of their school’s LEST basketball game(s), as desired, and as time allows.

Major characteristics of the Dance Routines

  • The team must consist of 4 or more members. Teams must be duly constituted by their respective school with an advisor in attendance, and it is expected that they will have performed at school functions before LEST.
  • Total routine time limit is 5 minutes. Time begins with the first note of music or as soon as the first dancer crosses the court line or the first motion (whichever comes first). Time ends with the last note of music or when all team members have cleared the floor completely (whichever comes last). Teams that exceed the total time limit will receive a 10-point deduction.
  • Music is required to be on a CD, thumb drive, cell phone, or MP3 player (not provided). All music must be properly registered on the Dance Registration form listing Song, Artist, Album, and Recording label for each piece of music. This is due to copyright laws. No music with inappropriate language or theme will be allowed.
  • Props may be used to compliment the theme of the performance. Please wait until instructed by the “On Deck” monitor to place props, and then do so in a timely manner, so that the event stays on schedule.
  • Judges will score teams in the following categories:
    • Execution
    • Choreography
    • Performance
    • Christian Values
  • Judging may begin as soon as the team is asked to ‘take your position.’ Judging must end when the last member crosses the boundary line at the end of the routine. Please see the dance score sheet and Dance Competition rules available on the LEST website for more details.

Judges + Timers

The Judges for the Dance Competition will be seated in the upper center section of the East side of the Gym. Keep this in mind when choreographing your routine.

There will be two timers for this competition. One will be seated with the Judges, and one on or near the floor. In the event that one timer finds a timing violation and the other does not, a time violation will be taken.

Score Sheets + Awards

Teams will receive their score sheets after LEST has concluded. They will be emailed within a few weeks after LEST has concluded. In addition to their own score sheets, they will receive a copy of all score sheets from each team in their division. Team awards will be given out on Sunday at the Closing Ceremony.

LEST will NOT be videotaping the Cheerleading + Dance Competition.

Drama

Drama

Drama (One Acts)

Overview

LEST offers an opportunity for schools to prepare and present scenes or one-act plays in juried competition. The schools that achieve a certain point level on the judging forms will receive an “Outstanding Performance” award, presented at the LEST Closing Ceremony. In addition, the director of each drama presented will receive comments from the jury to share with his or her students. These comments will be contained on the judging forms.

Logistics

The Drama Competition will be held in the Nicheta Center at Crean Lutheran High School, following the schedule that will be sent to schools in January. The area for the performance should measure no larger than 20 ft. wide by 15 ft. deep. The area will be lit with a general wash, which may be brought up or blacked out. There will be no special or spot lighting available.

How to Participate

Each school should indicate on the LEST Registration Form their intention to participate in the Drama Competition. Each school may also submit a program page which lists the title of the play, the cast list, the school’s name, etc. You are encouraged to use student artwork on this sheet. Concordia will create an electronic program from these program pages for the drama performance. The program will be available on the LEST website.

Requirements

  1. Schools must clear royalty issues with the play’s agent. Concordia University is not responsible for any royalty infractions or royalty payments. We strongly encourage you to contact the publishing house (Samuel French, Anchorage Press, etc.) to determine whether royalties are applicable. Be sure to inform them that this is a juried competition with educational outcomes and that no admission will be charged.
  2. Bring any props or costumes needed for the production, remembering that each school will be limited to 5 minutes of set up and 5 minutes of take down time before and after the performance.
  3. You are encouraged to use understudies for any actor or actress who may find themselves in the position of needing to decide between performing on the stage or participating in another LEST event. THE SCHEDULE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE CHANGED BECAUSE OF EVENT CONFLICTS.
  4. It would be very helpful if you can bring two extra scripts to your LEST performance - one for the judges and one for the person controlling the lighting.

Guidelines for the Selection of Scene or One-Act

  1. It should be a contemporary script (post-1930).
  2. It must be no longer than 20 minutes in length. (The performance will be halted at 20 minutes.)
  3. No musicals or original scripts are allowed.
  4. There will only be 5 minutes to set up and 5 minutes to take down the set for the performance. Choose and plan accordingly.

Criteria for Juried Comments and Judging

The jury will consider the following when writing comments and when choosing the recipients of the awards:

  1. Voice/Projection
  2. Blocking and Movement
  3. Preparation/Improvisation
  4. Facial Expression/Body Language
  5. Characterization
  6. Ensemble
  7. Set/Costumes/Technical Elements

The judging form, available on the LEST website, explains in more detail on what the judges will be basing the scores.


Drama (Monologues and Duos)

Overview

The purpose of the LEST Monologue Performance evaluation process is to provide each participating student with helpful feedback in the hopes of commending the notable achievements of each performance and offering solutions to the aspects where performance could improve. This is intended to be an educational tool, not strictly a review or critique. Each participant will receive an aggregate of the adjudicators’ evaluations to share with students, administrators, and others at their discretion.

Scoring

A performance-based assessment rubric is used for all categories.

  • The ratings are (4) Superior, (3) Excellent, (2) Good, and (1) Fair.
  • The ratings tabulate to a numeric total ranging from 4 to 24, depending on the number of criteria included in the individual rubric. Please familiarize yourself with the rubrics, scoring, and critique sheets.
  • To determine an entrant’s rating:
    • Add up the scores in the far-right column, and enter the totaled score at the bottom.
    • Based on the total, circle the indicator of achievement to the left of the column.
  • For an entrant’s overall rating, average the total numeric scores of the three adjudicators. Average scores will be rounded up to the nearest whole number; for example, an average of the three judges’ scores of 17.5 rounds to 18. A 17.4 will not round up to 18 but down to 17.
  • Student guidelines for each area are included in this document to help entrants understand adjudication.

Specific Rules

Rules for All Performance Categories
  • The time limit for monologue performances is 3 minutes. After the introduction (slating), time begins with the first word or acting action (if it proceeds the first word or note). If a student exceeds the time limit, the judge will notate the time and a final eligibility ruling will be determined.
  • Acceptable material:
    • Non-musical performance categories:
      Selections from full-length or one-act plays or musicals, written for the theatre, and published by:
      • Broadway Play Publishing
      • Concord Theatricals (R&H Theatricals, Samuel French, Inc., Tams-Witmark, The Musical Company)
      • Dramatic Publishing
      • Dramatists Play Service
      • Eldridge Publishing Company
      • Heuer Publishing
      • Music Theatre International
      • Playscripts, Inc.
      • Smith and Kraus
      • Stage Partners
      • Theatrefolk
      • Theatrical Rights Worldwide
      • YouthPLAYS
      • Any public domain plays written prior to 1925
  • Students are encouraged to choose pieces that speak to them, but copyright rules must be followed.
  • No performance may be filmed for rebroadcast or other use.
Specific Rules for Monologue Performances

In Acting (monologues), the skills measured are:

  • Use of transitions into and out of character
  • Ability to create a believable character
  • Communication of objective, tactics, and relationships
  • Use of focus and concentration
  • Integration of voice, body, movement, and staging

In a monologue performance, the entrant must follow these guidelines:

  • Begin with an introduction (slating). The introduction must include only:
    • The entrant’s name
    • Title of both selections
    • Name of the playwright(s)
  • Remain within strict time limits:
    • After the introduction (slating), time begins with the first word or acting action (if it precedes the first word).
    • Monologues are not to exceed 3 minutes.
  • Appropriate material:
    • Prepare two selections
    • Monologues should represent two contrasting selections (may be different in period, style, or mood).
    • Each selection should be approximately one and one-half minutes each.
    • Each selection should reflect an important moment in the play.
    • Only one character from each play may be portrayed in each selection.
    • Prior to the event, validate the material using the guidelines for acceptable material.
  • Participants will present themselves as a blank slate, refraining from clothing or accessories that distract from the character. Follow strict limits on clothing and props:
    • Props (including hand-held props), costumes, or theatrical makeup are not allowed.
    • One chair may be safely used.
    • Participants must wear all black. Clothing and shoes must be all black. Any visible color, including white, will result in a disqualification.
    • Clothing should be professional yet allow easy movement for the actor to accommodate the action of the performance.
    • Participants should refrain from wearing anything that might distract the adjudicators
    • Failure to follow any of the guidelines in this document will result in a disqualification.

Securing Performance Rights

It is the participant’s responsibility to obtain permission for the use of copyrighted material.

Play Publishers

  • Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.:
    • All competitions require a performance-rights license except for those five minutes or under in duration for which no license is required. For competitions with a duration of greater than five minutes a standard fee of $50 per performance applies for full-length plays and $35 per performance for short plays.
  • Concord Theatricals (R&H Theatricals, Samuel French, Inc. TamsWitmark, The Musical Company):
    • Monologues and brief excerpts of less than 20 minutes for adjudicated school theatrical festivals do not require a license or other permission. If the piece is under 20 minutes, there is no need to request or pay for a license.
    • A license must be obtained for any performance of a copyrighted work, including cuttings and excerpts over 20 minutes. A brief summary of proposed cuts or scenes must be included in the appropriate section of your license request.
  • Dramatic Publishing Co.:
    • There is no charge for use in theatre competitions or festivals.
  • Dramatists Play Service:
    • All Dramatists Play Service properties are pre-approved for conferences/festivals, with no written permission required and for no royalty unless the student is selected for the mainstage performance.
  • Playscripts, Inc.:
    • Royalties are waived for the performance of excerpts lasting less than 10 minutes at adjudicated school theatrical festivals or auditions, unless otherwise noted in the script. These performances, and only these, are automatically authorized by the playwright when you purchase books from Playscripts. (Note: Any other cuttings must receive prior approval from Playscripts.)
  • Smith and Kraus:
    • Most Smith and Kraus collections include a blanket permission statement for use. Remember, however, the piece you’re interested in performing must be found in one of these collections that include blanket permission.
  • Stage Partners:
    • Royalties are waived for monologues and scenes/excerpts lasting 10 minutes or less and performed in any adjudicated school festival. Any other cuttings must receive approval from Stage Partners.
  • Theatrefolk:
    • Monologues and scenes/excerpts lasting 10 minutes or less taken from scripts published by Theatrefolk may be performed in any conferences/festivals program without royalty
  • YouthPLAYS:
    • Royalties are waived for monologues and scenes/excerpts lasting less than 10 minutes for adjudicated school festivals. Permission for this use only is automatically granted so long as each participant has purchased a digital or printed copy of the script through YouthPLAYS.

Function of the Adjudicator

The most important function of the adjudicator is to serve as an educator. True, they must recommend outstanding plays, but adjudication without a carefully prepared critique, which teaches as it criticizes, deprives play festival participants of a most valuable feature: the opportunity for qualitative improvement.

An effective critique requires, among other things, extensive knowledge of all styles and types of drama, an understanding of the physical theatre with special concern for limitations often imposed upon the various performing areas in the province. The successful adjudicator must be able to discuss the plays they have seen in a firm but courteous manner. They must be objective, direct, and detailed in their criticism without imposing personal opinions dictatorially.

The adjudicator has the special responsibility of evaluating seriously the efforts of the actor, and of treating them and their performances with respect. Through many hours of rehearsal, they have sought to perfect creative performances for the satisfaction which comes through the search for perfection in the arts.

The adjudicator should use their skills and experience to make each Festival a pleasant and richly educational experience in the lives of participants as they seek to understand more fully the art of theatre.

Adjudication Guidelines

  1. Adjudicator SHOULD:
    • Realize that you should be critically constructive making suggestions which they may use to improve their work.
    • Understand that most actors try as hard as they know to be effective.
    • Whenever possible, find something about the performance which you can honestly commend.
    • Be specific in criticizing the production and use examples from it.
    • Keep your personal opinion of the playwright and script to yourself.
  2. Adjudicator SHOULD NOT:
    • At any time comment about the play. It may not be the best play for a particular actor to perform, but the adjudicator has no responsibility in a Festival to be publicly critical of the actor’s choice of play.
    • Criticize only in a negative way. Try to be constructive. It is your duty to help the director to improve their work.
    • Make a “performance” of your critique. Do not “act a role” before a captive audience.
    • Re-direct the plays. Suggestions are always in order, but let the director interpret them for their company and use them as they see fit.
    • Embarrass the actors, during either public or private adjudication. This includes use of sarcastic, ridiculing or belittling remarks.
    • Make any of the following or similar remarks:
      • “I didn’t like your play.”
      • “I would (or would not) have done it this way.”
      • “This play did not challenge the actors.”
      • “You should have tried a newer play. This one has been done so often.” “What can you expect with a play by this author?”
      • “I’m so tired of seeing that play.”
      • “As an actor, you were playing to type (or were typecast).”
      • “You were not the right actor for this role.”
      • “This role is beyond your capabilities as an actor.”
      • “I didn’t like your interpretation of this role.”
    • Spend critique time trying only to justify your decision.

Adjudicator Standards for Evaluating

  • Voice: Could you hear the actors distinctly? Was the rate too fast or too slow? Was there a variety of rate and inflection? Was pronunciation and articulation properly done for each character? If dialect was used, was it done correctly and naturally?
  • Characterization: Was there a complete bodily and mental recreation of the character by the actor? Were their reactions to other actors correct and effective? Did we “believe” the actor’s characterization all the time they were on the stage?
  • Movement: Were the movements of the actors in keeping with their characters?
  • Contrast: Were there clearly contrasting moods in the dialogue? Were emotional transitions natural and effective? Were the lines delivered in a manner natural to the characters in the play?
  • Preparation: Was there a smoothness of action that indicated adequate rehearsal and close co-operation and understanding of the play among the actor?
  • Timing: Did the actors pick up cues properly? Was the production static in places because the actors seemed to lack a correct sense of pace?
  • Motivation: Was there a logical reason for all business
Knowledge Bowl

Knowledge Bowl

Description + Regulations

The Knowledge Bowl allows academically gifted students the opportunity to match their intellectual skills against others of comparable ability and provides an avenue for fellowship among LEST participants.

Details

  1. Each school is allowed one team of no more than 5 members. Each team may have two 8th graders or two 7th graders, but not two of each of those grade levels (two 7th graders and two 8th graders may not be on the team at the same time). Alternates may be used as substitutes, but may be substituted only between matches, not during a match.
  2. Tournament format (bracket, pool play, etc.) will be determined by the number of schools entered in the Knowledge Bowl. Typically, matches will last approximately 10 minutes with 5 minutes between matches. Each round includes 10 questions or a 10-minute time limit, whichever comes first. The championship match will be 15 minutes in length with no question limit. The Knowledge Bowl schedule will be published in January.
  3. Questions will be selected from any of the following categories, but NOT necessarily from all: Fine Arts, Language Arts, Math, Religion, Science, Current Events, and Social Studies.
  4. All questions will be worth 10 points and each team will be given the question simultaneously. The teams will have 20 seconds to write their responses. When time is up, the answer must be displayed to the judge or the team will be ineligible to receive points for that question. If a wrong answer is written the team will not receive any points. If there is a tie at the end of a round, additional questions will be asked until the tie is broken (up to 5 additional questions). If there is still a tie, a question with a number answer will be asked, and the team that is closest (either above or below the answer) will be the winner.
  5. All answers will be written. Calculations may be necessary, but no calculators will be allowed. Writing surfaces and pens will be provided for each team.
  6. Each team will have an appointed captain who will act as the writer for each answer. The captain will be seated in the center of his/her team.
  7. Each team is to have an adult "coach" who will be present at the competition. Coaches are responsible for their team's promptness to the competition and for their team's behavior at all times.
  8. If a scoring error is believed to have been made, the coach must notify the judge immediately. The judge can call time-out to bring the error to the attention of the moderator to be resolved.
Math

Math

Description + Regulations

Individual Competition by Grades

The LEST individual mathematics competition is conducted in four different divisions, one division for each grade level, grades 5th-8th. The examination of all contestants is conducted at one time. Each exam consists of mathematical problems with a specified time limit for completion. Students should bring their own pencils to the competition - paper will be provided. No calculators or other computing devices will be permitted. Spectators are not allowed to observe the proceedings. Awards will be given to the top finishers in each grade level.

Team Competition

Each school team consists of four competitors, one from each grade (5th-8th). The groups will be given a number of problems to solve as a group. The score from this exam will be added to the individual scores of team members to determine the winner of the team competition, and the top three scoring teams will receive awards. There will be a specified time limit for the completion of the team competition.

Schedule

The date, time, and location of the Mathematics Competition will be published in the LEST schedule in January.

How to Participate

All competitors must pre-register on the LEST Registration Form. Each school may enter a total of four students, one for each of the four grade levels of competition (5th-8th). Alternates are permitted, but must also be pre-registered. Alternates will only participate if the first designated competitor is not able to participate in the competition. A school may enter less than four students in the math competition if they do not have students at a particular grade level to compete in math.

Music

Music

General Information

Goals for All Music Competitions

  1. To give honor and praise to God for the wonderful gift of music.
  2. To encourage the study of music among our young people.
  3. To encourage mastery of performance and musical technique
  4. To provide a unique forum for the sharing of music with peers.
  5. To give recognition to, and praise God for, those who excel in this gift.

General Description + Regulations

The music competition is open to piano, instrumental, vocal, choral, and ensembles. An ‘ensemble’ is defined as two or more performers. An accompanist will be allowed if needed.

Contestants will be judged in the following categories.

  1. Accuracy
  2. Rhythm
  3. Musicianship
  4. Technique
  5. Other Performance Factors
Awards for Music Competitions
Points Placement Award Division Rating
22-25 First Blue I
17-21 Second Red II
10-16 Third White III

Students are judged on their own performance, not compared to other performers. Awards will be given for gold ribbon winners. The judges’ rating sheets, with valuable comments, will be given to each school at the closing of LEST.


Piano, Instrumental + Instrumental Ensembles

  1. Regarding the use of Arrangements
    • Literature played must be written for the instrument and not an arrangement from a different genre (i.e. theme from a piano concerto, movie theme, etc.). Contestants may play an arranged piece and be evaluated, but they may not be eligible for an award. Transcriptions of music after the year 1900 are allowed, but these entrants should realize that they are competing against other students who play Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Clementi, etc. The decision of the judges is fi nal. The LEST reserves the right to make adjustments on requirements for this competition from year to year.
  2. About the Schedules
    • Due to the many unforeseen events, all scheduled times are subject to change. At LEST, multiple events are usually proceeding simultaneously. Outcomes are often unpredictable. The music judges will do their best in preparing and maintaining a schedule. If someone comes early and is prepared to play, they may be requested to appear before someone who is late or is delayed by another LEST event. It is very important that the individual registration forms be filled out completely with particular attention being paid to the part where a listing is given of other LEST events in which the individual will be participating. This can help prevent potential conflicts in scheduling performances.
  3. Pianos will be provided for the competition. If an instrumental piece is written with a piano part, a piano must be used. All other instruments must be brought by the student/school.
  4. Music stands and chairs will be provided for instrumentalists.
  5. There is NO EXIT or ENTRANCE during a performance. This behavior is discourteous and disturbing to the performers. Do not bring food or drink into the performing areas.
  6. There is NO TALKING during a performance. Please keep small children as quiet as possible. We are here to help build everyone up, not provide interference with them doing their best.
  7. Contestants must provide an original piece of their music for the judge. NO PHOTOCOPIES. This is illegal and would violate U.S. Copyright Laws.
  8. Instrumentalists must provide their own accompanist (if needed). Instrumental pieces, which were written with an accompaniment, must be heard that way. Only pieces which were truly written as “solo” may be heard without accompaniment.
  9. Arrive at least 10 minutes early before your scheduled time.
  10. Memorization of music is strongly encouraged.
  11. Upon acknowledgement by the judge, each contestant should begin with the announcement of his or her name, their school name and location, followed by the title and composer of their piece.
  12. Total time for each performance may not exceed six (6) minutes.

How to Participate in Piano and Instrumental Events

Pre-registration is necessary for proper planning of this event. Please list performers on individual registration forms. Please fi ll the registration form out completely. The registration for Ensembles has a different registration form than individual performers. Because of limited time and facilities, there is a limit on the number of entries from each school. The following formula for the 5th and 6th grade competition in piano, instrumental, vocal, and ensembles, and the 7th and 8th grade competition in piano, instrumental, vocal, and ensembles will be used:

  • Schools with enrollment of 75 students or less in grades 5 - 8 = 8 participants in each grade combination (i.e. - 8 in 5th/6th and 8 in 7th/8th) for instrumental, 8 participants in each grade combination for piano, and 4 ensembles for grades 5 - 8
  • Schools with enrollment of more than 75 students in grades 5 - 8 = 10 participants in each grade combination (i.e. - 10 in 5th/6th and 10 in 7th/8th) for instrumental, 10 participants in each grade combination for piano, and 5 ensembles for grades 5-8

Individual adjudication forms should be fi lled out on the top half and sent in with the LEST Registration Form by December 10. Changes to the name of the piece to be played can be made by sending the name of the new piece to the LEST Director.

  1. Any adjudication forms received after December 10 might not be able to be included in the fi nal schedule for participation in the LEST
  2. The top of the adjudication form needs to be completely fi lled out.

Handbells + Handchimes

Schools participating in Handbells + Handchimes should send the Handbells + Handchimes Registration Form to the LEST Coordinator (Leah Roney) by December 10, 2022. Schools will be guaranteed a spot for at least one Handbells + Handchimes group, but can submit registration forms for up to three groups. The additional groups will be included on the performance schedule if there is enough time for each group.

Schools may request to use Concordia University’s Handbells + Handchimes instead of bringing their own. Concordia University has Malmark bells, and there are standard C3-C8 fi ve octaves of bells and 4 octaves of hand chimes. Please indicate on the registration form if you plan to Concordia University’s handbells + handchimes.


Solo Vocal and Vocal Ensembles

The vocal competition is open to solo and small vocal ensembles (groups). “Ensembles” are made up of two or more singers. Music for the Vocal Ensemble groups should be written in two or more voice parts, (i.e., soprano and alto, etc.), not just in unison. If a piece is written with a piano accompaniment, a piano accompanist must be used.

Contestants will be judged in fi ve categories:

  1. Intonation and Musical Accuracy
  2. Diction (pronunciation)
  3. Breath Control
  4. Vocal Quality (clear tone)
  5. Stage Presence (posture, presentation, facial expression)

Special Regulations

  1. Singers should choose music of good quality written primarily for the voice and avoiding contemporary ‘pop’ literature. The music should be memorized and the use of a piano accompanist is required if the music is written for piano and voice. Music given to the judge must be copied in a front/back/booklet format in the running order of the song selection – adding pages to this booklet (if applicable) to avoid any turning back for any repeats that the piece may contain. The LEST reserves the right to adjust requirements for this competition from year to year.
  2. Regarding Scheduling: Scheduled times and performance rooms may need to be adjusted since multiple events will be running concurrently. Singers may appear out of order due to schedule conflicts; please communicate with the judge prior to any performance change so that the events may continue on time. It is very important that the individual registration forms be filled out completely with particular attention being paid to the part where a listing is given of other LEST events in which the individual will be participating. This can help prevent potential conflicts in scheduling performances.
  3. Because of limited time and performance spaces, the number of participants from each school is limited as follows:
    • Schools with enrollment of 75 students or less in grades 5 - 8 = 8 participants in each grade combination (i.e. - 8 in 5th/6th and 8 in 7th/8th) for vocal solos and 4 vocal ensembles for grades 5-8
    • Schools with enrollment of more than 75 students in grades 5 - 8 = 10 participants in each grade combination (i.e. - 10 in 5th/6th and 10 in 7th/8th) for vocal solos and 5 vocal ensembles for grades 5-8

Choral Festival

Description + Regulations

Participants will be judged in four categories.

  1. Quality of Sound
  2. Technique
  3. Musicality
  4. Other Performance Factors

Each choir is judged on its own performance, not compared to other choirs. There may be more than one blue ribbon winner. The judges’ rating sheets, with valuable comments, will be given to each participating school at the closing of the LEST.

Special Regulations

  1. Regarding the use of “Arrangements,” literature sung must be written for choral performance. Each choir is required to sing at least two songs. The LEST reserves the right to make adjustments on requirements for this competition from year to year
  2. Piano, music stands, choir risers, and chairs (extra instrumentalists) will be provided.
  3. There is NO EXIT or ENTRANCE during a performance. This behavior is discourteous and disturbing to the performers. Do not bring food or drink into the performing areas.
  4. There is NO TALKING during a performance. Please keep small children as quiet as possible. We are here to help build everyone up, not to provide interference with them doing their best
  5. Each choir must provide an original piece of music for the judge NO PHOTOCOPIES. This is illegal and would violate U.S. Copyright Laws.
  6. Each choir must provide their own accompanist. Choral pieces which were written with an accompaniment must be heard that way. Only pieces which were truly written as “a cappella” may be heard without piano.
  7. Arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled time. There will be a separate area that choirs may use for warming up.
  8. Memorization of music and ensemble “uniform dress” is strongly encouraged.
  9. Upon acknowledgment by the judge, each choir should begin with the announcement of their school’s name and city, followed by the title and composer of their piece.
  10. Total time for each performance (all individual pieces together) may not exceed 12 minutes.

How to Participate

Pre-registration is necessary for proper planning of this event. Send a list of choir members with the registration forms that are due on December 10. Please indicate whether any choir members are involved in other LEST activities so potential conflicts might be avoided.

Robotics

Robotics

Description + Regulations

Participating students must design, build and program a qualifying robot on their own entirely out of Lego parts. The tournament consists of multiple rounds where two LEGO robot contestants try to push each other out of a circular ring. The fi rst robot to touch the table/floor outside of the ring loses. The last robot remaining in the ring wins.

The competition format will be decided by LEST organizers based upon number of registered participants as well as the amount of time and space available for the competition. Available competition slots will be distributed equally among participating schools with any empty slots filled by those who can fi eld additional teams. At the end of the competition, awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.

Team Specifications & Rules

  • All teams must be pre-registered by the deadline.
  • A team may only consist of students from a LEST participating school.
  • The number of teams per school and team size will be designated by LEST Organizers based upon the event format, number of registered participants, and space available for the competition.
  • A member of one team cannot also be a member of another team.
  • Each team must have a designated adult coach responsible for managing the behavior of their team.
  • All design, building, and programming must be entirely performed by team members. Parents, coaches or teams observed violating this rule are subject to immediate disqualifi cation at the discretion of tournament offi cials. All teams must be able to explain their robot design and the operation of their programs.
  • Each team will be assigned a pit area.
  • Only team members and their coach may be in the pit area.
  • There is no food or drink permitted in the pit area.
  • No Bluetooth connections may be used at the venue.
  • By registering for the tournament, participants agree to follow the Sumobot Event Code of Conduct listed at the end of the rules.

Playing Field Specifications

  • The playing fi eld is a raised circle with the following dimensions:
    • Diameter: 36 inches
    • Border line: 1.25 inches
    • Elevation: 1 ½ inches off the supporting surface.
  • The surface will be flat BLACK in color.
  • The outer borderline of the field will be gloss WHITE in color.
  • Starting lines may or may not be used depending upon venue. Starting lines may be two parallel lines centered on the field, or two intersecting lines. If used:
    • Starting lines are RED in color
    • Starting line width: 0.5 inches
    • Starting line length: 4 inches

Robot Specifications

  • The robot must fit inside a 20 cm x 20 cm square box with no height limit
  • The robot’s weight limit is 1 Kg.
  • The robot must be made ENTIRELY out of LEGO pieces in original factory condition. If a piece is questionable, the teams must be able to specify the official Lego ID or Part Number. If not able to do so, the part may not be allowed.
  • The robot cannot be held together by any means other than standard LEGO construction methods.
  • All parts must be attached to the robot using standard LEGO construction methods.
  • A maximum of 1 Control Brick may be used.
  • A maximum of 3 motors wired by use of cable to the Control Brick may be used - 2 for locomotion and 1 for an optional weapon or defense.
  • Additional motors may be attached to the robot as long as they are not wired by use of cable to the Control Brick.
  • There is no limit on the number of sensors used.
  • All robot actions must be entirely pre-programmed so that it runs autonomously
  • The use of any form of remote control or Bluetooth connection is prohibited.
  • The robot must not include any parts that might damage the playing field.
  • The robot may not have any part that attaches the robot to the playing field.

Programming Requirements

  • All programming must be done by the student team members.
  • The robot must be programmed to wait five (5) seconds and blink Red or Yellow after the referee starts the game.
  • All programs are subject to inspection by tournament officials.

Match and Game Principles

  • A standard match consists of 3 individual games.
  • Each game lasts up to 2 minutes each.
  • A game that ends with no winner is restarted.
  • If after 1 restart there is no winner, a tie is declared for that game.

Game Procedure

  • Inspection
  • Prior to the start of the tournament, the robot must pass inspection.
  • After the initial inspection, robots may be re-inspected at any time during the tournament.
  • Robots are required to be re-inspected if physical changes are made during the tournament.
  • Robots that fail inspection after the start of a tournament are subject to the following sanctions at the discretion of the officials:
    • disqualification from match with points awarded to their competitor
    • forfeiting all previous points earned
    • disqualification from the tournament
  • The Game
  • Placement:
    • The referee will declare “Place Robots.”
    • The contestants place their robot at the center of the table in contact with each other, or if starting lines are used, separated, touching their respective lines.
    • The robot must be positioned so the initial movement towards the white perimeter is away from their opponent.
    • It is expected that contestants place their robots at the same time; however, if there are disagreements, placement order may be determined by “Rock, Paper, Scissors” or other suitable method at the referee’s discretion.
    • Once placed, the robot may not be moved. If a robot is repositioned after being placed, the referee may issue a warning, or declare a “Fault.” If a Fault is declared, both contestants remove their robots from the play field until directed by the referee to “Place Robots” again.
    • If 2 Faults occur within the same game, a WIN may be awarded to the non-offending contestant and a LOSS to the offending contestant.
    • The referee will declare “Robots Ready.”
  • Program Selection
    • Once “Robots Ready” is declared, contestants may select the Launch Program from those available on the Brick.
    • Once selected, teams will signal the referee “Ready”
    • The Referee will declare “Programs Set.”
    • No further program selections may be made.
  • Program Activation & Game Start
    • The Referee will countdown “3, 2, 1, GO!”
    • Upon “Go!” the contestants press a single button on the Brick to activate their robot.
    • The game begins five seconds after the referee’s signal.
    • The contestants must exit the playing field during this five second period.
  • Game Play
    • The robot must cross the white perimeter of the playing field before touching its competitor or commencing an attack.
    • The game ends when the referee declares the winner, tie, or a restart
    • The referee’s decision is final. Any questions regarding the decision may only be made by a team member. No video replays will be used for review.
  • False Start
    • A “False Start” may be declared under the following conditions:
      If one or both robots fail to move after the 5 second delay,
      If the robot touches its competitor or commences an attack before crossing the white perimeter of the playfield.
    • If a False Start is declared, the referee will recommence the game.
    • If 2 False Starts occur within the same game by the same team, a WIN may be awarded to the nonoffending contestant and a LOSS to the offending contestant.
  • Restart
    • A game will be stopped and a restart declared under the following conditions:
      There is no winner upon expiration of the game clock.
      The robots are locked together in such a way that no more action appears to be possible, i.e. they have rotated in circles without advancing the orbit towards the outer edge. Both robots touch the exterior of the playing field at the same time. Any other condition under which the referee determines no winner.
    • If a restart is declared, no maintenance or repair of a robot is permitted.
    • Unless a tie is declared, Robots must be immediately returned to the playing field for a new starting procedure.

Win & Loss

  • One (1) point is awarded for a WIN. No (0) points are awarded for a TIE or a LOSS.
  • The following conditions define a WIN:
    1. When a robot ejects an opponent from the playing field with a fair action.
      1. The robot is considered ejected the moment ANY part of the robot touches the exterior supporting surface of the playing field.
      2. A robot hanging over the edge of the playing field or only touching any part of the cylindrical side of the playing field is not considered ejected, and the robot is still in play.
      3. During the game, pieces that physically detach or disconnect from the robot are no longer part of the robot.
    2. When the opponent’s robot leaves the field on its own for any reason.
    3. Disabled Robot:
      1. When the opponent’s robot stops moving for more than 30 seconds before the game clock expires.
      2. A robot may be “saved by the bell” if the game clock expires before the end of the 30 seconds.
      3. A disabled robot may still win the game if their opponent is ejected from the field or leaves the play field on its own.
    4. If two FAULTS are declared by the referee within the same game and team
    5. If two FALSE STARTS are declared by the referee within the same and team
    6. If the opponent’s operator or teammate interferes with robot or playing field
  • A Tie will be declared if there is no winner after one restart.

Conduct Violations

  • Contestants who take any of the following actions will be disqualified from the game:
    1. A contestant does not attend the appointed playing field when called at the beginning of the game.
    2. A contestant does not exit the playing area upon start of a game. o A contestant interferes with or disrupts the game, such as by intentionally breaking, damaging, or defacing the playing field.
    3. A contestant’s robot does not meet the robot specifications.
    4. A contestant displays unsportsmanlike behavior as determined by a tournament official.
  • Egregious violations of the Sumobot Event Code of Conduct may result in disqualification at the discretion of tournament officials.

The Sumobot Event Code of Conduct

  • Be kind and courteous to one another.
  • Be friendly to those around you.
  • Be willing to work with others.
  • Be willing to share your experience with others.
  • Be willing to help those who are struggling - even your competitors.
  • Be willing to take turns with others.
  • Be willing to explore different ideas.
  • Be willing to try new things – especially if it seems hard.
  • Be willing to embrace your failures.
  • Always take care of your equipment.
  • Do not interfere with another team’s work.
  • Do not tamper with another’s design without permission.
  • Do not alter another’s program without permission.
  • Do not exclude others from your group or team.
  • Have fun!!
Science

Science Exposition

Description + Regulations

The Science Exposition allows students interested in science an opportunity to match their problem solving skills against other students with similar interests and provides an avenue for fellowship among LEST participants. Team members should be present at the Science Exposition the entire time.

Each school is allowed one team of 4 students of at least 3 different grade levels. Alternates may be used if a team member is absent.

One adult “team sponsor” is allowed to accompany each team. Other parents, teachers, and family members will be asked to observe from the bleachers or sidelines and may not engage with students during the Science Exposition. The team sponsors are responsible for their team’s attendance and cooperation. The team sponsors do not participate in the Science Exposition and cannot talk to their team during any part of the Science Exposition.

Objectives of the Science Exposition

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method.
  2. Work cooperatively.
  3. Develop a testable hypothesis.
  4. Conduct an experiment to test their hypothesis.
  5. Critically analyze data results.
  6. Demonstrate ability to implement conclusions.
Spelling

Spelling

Overview

The LEST Spelling Bee is conducted in three divisions: one each for 7th grade, one for 8th grade, and one for 5th and 6th grade combined. Awards will be given to the top fi nishers in each division.

Details

Each school is permitted to enter one main student representative and one alternate for each grade level. Spelling lists are not published or distributed by LEST. It is suggested that schools help their student representatives fi nd word lists with which to practice from their school spelling curriculum or through websites designed to help students prepare for Spelling Bees.

There will not be a written qualifying test prior to the oral LEST Spelling Bee competition. Each of the grade level participants from each school will compete. Alternates will only compete if the main speller is unable to participate.

Specific guidelines for the LEST Spelling Bee, including the procedure to follow once only two spellers remain, are included below. Contestants will be given a number to wear to track contestants through each round of the LEST Spelling Bee.

The LEST Spelling Bee is meant to be a form of friendly competition. The students are striving to do their best and to gain confidence in front of an audience. The audience should be reminded that their only function is to provide positive support for the event. All decisions of the lead judge are final.

Specific Rules for Lest Spelling Bee Competition

The format will be as follows:

  • The competition will be an oral spelling bee. All participants will meet in the designated room at the specified time for the oral spelling bee.
  • The word will be pronounced according to the diacritical markings in Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (unabridged). The word will then be used in a sentence, and it will be pronounced again.
  • The participant will say the word, spell the word, and say the word again.
  • Judges may not disqualify a speller for failing to pronounce a word either before or after the spelling.
  • If the word is not spoken by the student after spelling the word, the student will be asked to say the word, and then the judge will make the determination of whether the word has been spelled correctly.
  • If the student feels he/she has made a mistake, he/she may request to “start over.” If letters or their sequence are changed in the respelling, the speller will be eliminated.
  • A contestant is allowed only 30 seconds to spell a word. The judges may disqualify any contestant who ignores a request to start spelling. The 5th & 6th grade team is allowed 45 seconds to confer and to spell the word for the judges.
  • Upon missing the spelling of a word, the speller will walk to a designated area. If any of the remaining spellers spell their words correctly, then the spellers who missed their words will sit down at the end of the round.
  • If none of the spellers remaining in the bee at the start of a round spells a word correctly during the round, all spellers will remain in the contest. All of the spellers eliminated in the same round will be tied for the same place.
  • If at the end of a round only ONE speller has spelled her/his word correctly, then that speller will be declared the winner and earn first place. All of the other spellers in that round will earn second place.
  • If at the end of a round ONLY TWO contestants remain, the competition will proceed as follows: The winner will be the contestant who spells a word correctly that the other contestant misses, plus one additional word. When both miss a word in the same round, each is still in the competition.
  • Judges’ decisions will be final.
  • If more than one spelling is listed for a word in the official Webster’s Dictionary, any of these spellings shall be accepted as correct if the word either matches the pronunciation and definition provided by the pronouncer or if it is clearly identified as being a standard variant of the word the contestant has been asked to spell. If a word has one or more homonyms, the pronouncer will indicate which word is to be spelled.
  • Any questions relating to the spelling of a word must be referred to the judges immediately by the speller or the speller’s coach before completion of the round in progress. No protest can be entertained after a round is completed. Only contestants or their coach may question the spelling of a word. The judges are in control, and their decision is final in all situations.
  • No picture taking is allowed during the competition.
  • Contestants and their families/supporters should remain seated until the end of the grade level competition. It is very distracting to the contestants when people enter or exit the room during the competition.

To eliminate any doubt about winners in any round, all contestants will be given a number to wear, and these numbers will be tracked through each round. This will allow for more than one person to “tie” for a place if a number of contestants go out in the same round.

Again, please remember that this is to be a form of friendly competition. The students are striving to do their best and to gain confidence in front of an audience. The audience has one function, which is to provide positive support for the event. The decisions of the judges are final.

Writing

Writing

Description + Regulations

The LEST Writing event is an opportunity for students to submit an original piece of writing to be judged according to the published criteria. Each school may submit one authentic piece of writing for each grade level, grades 5-8. Most Promising Writer awards will be given for writings that are judged as being of exceptionally high quality.

Each LEST writer may choose to write one of the following writing styles:

  1. Write a 500-750 word (typed, double spaced) persuasive essay. Persuasive writing utilizes logic and reason to show that one idea is more legitimate than another idea. It attempts to persuade a reader to adopt a certain point of view or to take a particular action. The writing should use sound reasoning and solid evidence by stating facts, giving logical reasons, using examples, and quoting experts.
  2. Write a 500-750 word (typed, double spaced) personal narrative, based on a real-life experience. A personal narrative is a piece of writing describing an event of personal signifi cance to the writer.
  3. Write a 500-750 word (typed, double spaced) fi ctional story. Fictional writing is a piece of writing that is not factual. Fictional writing often takes the form of a story meant to convey an author’s point of view or simply to entertain.
  4. Write one poem (typed) chosen from the following formats: Haiku, Tanka, Free Verse, Acrostic, or a poem that demonstrates a rhyme scheme and/or meter.

Scoring Criteria

The writings will be evaluated in the following categories:

  1. Ability to captivate the reader
  2. Sensory Images
  3. Use of Language
  4. Punctuation and Grammar

A copy of the rubric used for scoring the writings will be available on the LEST website.

Schedule

All writing pieces need to be sent to the LEST Team at [email protected] by January 11, 2022. Schools should email each writing piece as an attachment. The writings will be scored prior to the beginning of the LEST. Be sure that each entry has the following information on the top right hand corner of each submitted page:

  1. Student name
  2. School’s name and school’s city
  3. Student’s grade level
  4. Type of writing

Contact

To learn more about upcoming events or visiting our campus, feel free to contact us directly.

Bil Hood

Bil Hood
Executive Director of External Relations & Special Events
(949) 214-3189
[email protected]

Leah Roney

Leah Roney
Assistant Director of Special Events
[email protected]

L.E.S.T. 2022 School Registration

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