Karl E. Mundt Oral Interp Tournament Oct. 26th


Saturday, October 26th, marks over three decades for the Annual Dakota Invitation Karl E. Mundt Oral Interpretation Tournament at Dakota State University. The event is now in its 31st year with over 170 students and 40 judges participating this year from over 18 Eastern South Dakota schools.

Students compete in three rounds in the morning and break to final rounds in the afternoon. Students participate in various oral interpretation categories including Poetry, Oratory, Humor, Prose, Drama, Duet and Reader’s Theatre.


The tournament was named after former South Dakota Senator Karl E. Mundt, a high school speech and debate coach, who came to Eastern State Normal School (now Dakota State University) in 1928. He served as head of the speech department at Eastern State where his students excelled at national and state speech competitions. In addition, Mundt was a founding member of the National Forensics League, a society promoting high school speech and debate activities. Mundt served as the organization’s president for 25 years.

The Dakota Invitational is sponsored by the DSU College of Arts and Science along with a grant from the Karl E. Mundt Foundation. The tournament is directed by DSU graduate Brett Kearin along with Madison’s Oral Interp coach, Matt Groce.


Last Updated: 10/24/13