2019 first annual

FAA STATE INVITATIONAL

Texas Trinity League hosted it’s first annual Fine Arts & Academics Invitational May 3rd & 4th at Poetry Community Christian School in Terrell, TX.

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academic

Creative Writing
  1. 30 minutes, maximum.
  2. Contestants utilize writing skills to create an original short story using a pre-determined prompt.  Judging criteria include creativity, “hooks,” organization and flow of the story, grammar, and spelling.
  3. Contestants will receive two college-ruled notebook page and may write on the front and back of the page EVERY OTHER LINE.  There is no word count.
  4. Contestants must bring their own pen.
Ready Writing
  1. 30 minutes, maximum.
  2. Contestants utilize writing skills to persuade readers of a particular point of view.
  3. At Registration, contestants receive four pre-determined prompts and select one.
  4. Judging criteria include analysis, persuasiveness including how well the essay offers supported arguments, organization, grammar, and spelling.
  5. Contestants will receive two college-ruled notebook page and may write on the front and back of the page EVERY OTHER LINE.  There is no word count.
  6. Contestants must bring their own pen.
Spelling
  1. 45-minute event
  2. This is a two-part event:  Oral Dictation using the word in context in one sentence; Multiple Choice. Words are based upon national spelling bee lists.  75 questions.
  3. Contestants must bring their own pen (pencils are not allowed).
Science
  1. 60-minute event
  2. Contestants utilize their knowledge of basic science principles in biology, physical science/physics, chemistry based upon information found in typical high school science textbooks in these subjects. 75 multiple choice questions using an answer key.
  3. Contestants must bring their own pen (pencils are not allowed).
  4. Calculators:  Simple commercial battery-powered silent non-graphing and non-qwerty scientific hand-held calculators may be used such as TI36 and HP33 (TI83, TI84, TI 89 and similar formatted calculators not allowed).
Mathematics

  1. 60-minute event
  2. Contestants utilize their knowledge of Algebra I and Geometry based upon information found in typical high school mathematics textbooks in these two subjects. 75 multiple choice questions using an answer key. 75 multiple choice questions using an answer key.
  3. Contestants must bring their own pen (pencils are not allowed).
  4. Simple commercial battery-powered silent non-graphing and non-qwerty scientific hand-held calculators may be used such as TI36 and HP33 (these are not allowed:  TI89 and TI92 and similar formatted models).

SPEECH/DRAMA

Rhetoric
  1. 2-5 minutes.
  2. Contestants present an oral speech that persuades the audience to agree with his/her stated point of view. No props are allowed, but movement and gestures are encouraged.
  3. Memorization is not required (a 3”x5” index card is allowed)
  4. An Introduction, persuasive argument and Conclusion are expected.  
  5. At the Registration Table, contestants draw 4 topics from a topic bank and select one.  The contestant may prepare until his/her round begins.
  6. Eye Contact:  60% is expected.
Spoken Word Art
  1. 2-5 minutes
  2. Contestants perform art that is word-based. It is typically free verse poetry or essays with questions or statements. It is an oral art that focuses on the aesthetics of word play such as intonation and voice inflection. Contestants will project, enunciate, animate the piece with expression and use hand gestures. It may include short musical tones or words to emphasize meaning.
  3. Selections may be published or unpublished and may be written by the competitor or others.
  4. The performance may be performed using a hand-held script or may be memorized.
  5. An Introduction with title and author is required and may be embedded.
  6. Example:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWXnT6Bwit4
  7. Eye Contact:  60% is expected.
Poetry Interpretation
    1. 2-5 minutes.
    2. Contestants bring a humorous or dramatic poetry selection “alive” through voice and facial expression and gestures. Poetry may be selected from one author or several related to particular theme.  Free verse poetry is permitted.
    3. No props are allowed, nor may the contestant move from original stance.
    4. Contestants must hold the script (using a binder, book, folder)
    5. Memorization is not required.
    6. An Introduction is required and must be memorized. If more than one author is used, the Introduction should address the theme of the selections.
    7. Eye Contact:  60% is expected.
Prose Interpretation
  1. 2-5 minutes.
  2. Contestants bring a humorous or dramatic story/prose selection “alive” through voice and facial expression and gestures.
  3. No props are allowed, nor may the contestant move from the original stance.
  4. Contestants must hold the script (using a binder, book, folder)
  5. Memorization is not required.
  6. An Introduction is required and must be memorized. If more than one author is used, the Introduction should address the theme of the selections.
  7. Eye Contact:  60% is expected.
Children’s Literature Interpretation
  1. 2-5 minutes.
  2. Contestants bring a humorous or dramatic children’s book to read
  3. Contestants bring the selection “alive” through voice and facial expression and gestures.
  4. No props are allowed, nor may the contestant move from the original stance.
  5. Contestants must hold the children’s book and may or may not show illustrations to the audience
  6. Memorization is not required.
  7. An Introduction is required and must be memorized. If more than one author is used, the Introduction should address the theme of the selections.
  8. Eye Contact:  60% is expected.
Duet Acting
  1. 6-12 minutes.
  2. Two contestants bring a single-source humorous or dramatic selection “alive” through voice and facial expression, gestures and movement.
  3. No props are allowed, except one or two chairs are permitted.
  4. Memorization is required.
  5. An Introduction is required and must be memorized.
Reader’s Theater [one entry per school]
  1. 6-12 minutes.
  2. 3-8 contestants bring a humorous or dramatic selection “alive” through voice and facial expression. This event is not “acting” but, rather, creating imagery in the minds of the audience. Gestures are limited and involve only the hand not holding the script.
  3. Narration is permitted.
  4. No props, costumes, scenery, or makeup are permitted.
  5. Contestants may stand, turn, and/or sit on stools/chairs/boxes but may not work or move around the floor. The Meet will provide chairs only.
  6. Contestants must hold the script (using a binder, book, folder) and utilized an “off-stage” focus generally toward the audience (may not look at one another as if acting).  
  7. Memorization is not required.
  8. An Introduction is required and must be memorized.
  9. Eye Contact:  60% is expected.

art

Black & White Pen and Ink Drawings

Entry must be a dry media drawing in black and white pen & ink

Colored Drawings
  1. Entry must be a dry media color drawing using one or more colors.
  2. Permitted:  Pencil, ink, markers, & multi-color scratchboard (not color paintings)
Black & White or Monochromatic Drawings
  1. Entry must be a dry media drawing color media using one or more colors.
  2. The following are permitted pencil, graphite, charcoal and/or chalk
Black & White Photography

Entry must be a black and white photograph that is not digitally manipulated.

Color Photography

Entry must be a color photograph that is not digitally manipulated.

Digitally-Manipulated Photography

Entry must be a digitally or computer altered or manipulated photograph

Paintings

Entry must be an artwork using paint on a canvas.

General Crafts
  1. Entries include projects using the following media:  beading, jewelry, paper mache, pottery, wearable art, holiday crafts, quilting, or duct tape.
  2. Entries may be displayed or mounted on stands but this is not required.
Recycled Art
  1. This event was chosen to promote recycling and reuse of materials emphasizing creativity and innovation.
  2. Projects must be made with items eligible for recycling or that would otherwise be considered trash such as used or found plastic, paper, or metal objects such as straws, bottles, bags, styrofoam, cans, bottle caps, glass, scrap metal, egg cartons, paper, wrappers, cardboard, yogurt tubs, fabric, foil, boxes, books, magazines, newspapers, plastic bags, paper plates, and salvage items.
  3. The project may include fasteners such as glue, tape, string, glue guns adhesive, wire, twine, screws, bolts, string or similar materials, and other materials required for structural support.
  4. The use of paint is discouraged as it requires the consumption of new materials.
  5. The entire project must take up no more than a 2’ x 2’ space.
  6. Entries will be judged based upon following these rules, creativity, and craftsmanship
Yearbook [one entry per school]
  1. Entries should be Yearbooks prepared for the prior school term.
  2. There are no requirements as to binding or page limit.

music

Instrumental Solo
  1. Maximum:  3 minutes
  2. A single contestant performs using a single instrument
  3. Piano/keyboard or CD accompaniment permitted
  4. Sheet music may be used during the performance
  5. Selection must be published
Instrumental Ensemble
  1. Maximum:  3 minutes
  2. At least 2 contestants and no more than 4 may perform using instruments of choice
  3. Sheet music may be used during performance
  4. Selection must be published
Vocal Solo
  1. Maximum:  3 minutes
  2. A single contestant performs
  3. Piano/keyboard, guitar, ukulele, or CD accompaniment permitted
  4. Sheet music may be used during the performance
  5. Selection must be published
Vocal Ensemble
  1. Maximum:  3 minutes
  2. At least 2 contestants and no more than 5 contestants may perform a capella or utilize accompanying instruments such as Piano/keyboard, guitar, ukulele, or a CD (with NO background vocals) is permitted
  3. Sheet music may be used during the performance
  4. Selection must be published
Original Composition
  1. Maximum:  3 minutes
  2. Vocal or instrumental solos or ensembles permitted (2-5 contestants)
  3. Selection may be performed a capella or utilize accompanying instruments such as Piano/keyboard, guitar, ukulele, or a CD (with NO background vocals) is permitted
  4. Music selection must be written by the performer(s).
  5. Sheet music may be used during performance
Praise Band [one entry per school; not counted toward individual limit of 2 music events]
  1. Maximum:  5 minutes
  2. At least 5 contestants may perform using instruments of choice
  3. Sheet music may be used during performance but no conductor
  4. Selection must be published
  5. No marching or moving beyond 2’x2’ square

General Rules

  1. How to Register:  Use the Registration Form loaded on the Texas Trinity League website (http://www.txtl.org) to register your school and contestants.  This Form contains information about tournament, location, date, registration deadlines and entry fees.
  2. Check-in on Meet Day:  Each school must check in at least 1 hour before the Meet begins for the contestants scheduled to compete on that day. A Posting Board will have updated schedules, events, rooms and maps, and messages for schools and contestants.
  3. Dress Code for Contestants and School Representatives:  Jeans and t-shirts are not acceptable attire. Business casual to dressy attire is expected. The following are not permitted:  Leggings (unless shirt covers hips), jeans, t-shirts, skirts or dressed above mid-thigh, revealing shirts, tank tops, too tight shirts, any clothing depicting images or wording that would violate “Christian” sensibilities, provocative clothing).  Inappropriate dress may result in disqualification.
  4. School Representatives and Volunteers:  To ensure that there are enough proctors, tabulators, graders, and judges, each school must bring volunteers to help fill those roles.  See the Registration Form to enter those names and roles.
  5. Insurance/Liability: All schools participating in this Meet must have adequate insurance coverage for students and adult attendees (e.g., sponsors, teachers, parents).  Texas Trinity does not assume responsibility for these coverages, and Texas Trinity does not assume liability for any personal injury or property damage that may occur at this Meet.
  6. Performance Time:  A 30-second grace period applies to music and speech performances running over or under the stated time limit; selections running over or under the 30-second grade period will receive a 2 point penalty.
  7. Performance Scheduling Conflicts:  Scheduling order is not final.  While efforts will be made to prevent scheduling conflicts when preparing performance order, a contestant may be scheduled to perform simultaneously. In that case, the judges are instructed to move on to another contestant or, if at the end of Round, wait for a contestant to arrive from another presentation to the room for the second event presentation.
  8. Disqualification:  Disqualifications may be based upon the findings of the judges for a particular competition or the Meet personnel if event requirements are not met, including material, performance, and attire.

Awards:  An Awards Assembly will occur as soon as all results are in on each day of this Meet.  Meet Champions will be announced for the three highest cumulative scores at the meet in call categories.  Points will be calculated as follows: 1st placers (10 points), 2nd placers (8 points), 3rd placers (6 points), 4th placers (4 points), 5th placers (2 points), and 6th placers (1 point).  The top 6 places will be announced for each Event.  Should there be a tie in any Event or as Meet Champion, both tie-holders will receive that place, and the next highest point holder will receive the next subsequent place/points (note: tie-placers may receive their award via mail).