Literary Event Eligibility
Eligibility for all State Rally Literary Events is limited to students enrolled in a Louisiana High School Rally Association (LHSRA) active member school and certified by a District Rally Director as a Bona Fide Qualifier.
- Any student not certified as a qualifier by a District Rally Director will not be allowed to compete in State Rally.
- Any student found competing in State Rally who was not certified by a District Rally Director will be disqualified from State Rally competition and the appropriate sanctions may be made against his/her school by the Executive Director.
- Each student may test in no more than one State Rally Literary Event.
- Students must be currently enrolled – or have been enrolled – in a course during the current school year to be eligible to participate in District and State Rally competition.
- (Policy statement adopted by the 1997 General Assembly of Principals)
- Exception: Schools offering courses on alternating yearly or semester basis may enter students who have completed Carnegie credits in those courses.
- Students repeating a course for a higher grade may not participate. However, students repeating a course due to failure are eligible to participate.
- Students must be taking a Carnegie unit in the school in which they are enrolled.
- Students must meet the requirements for the Carnegie unit in the setting of the LHSRA active member school (students enrolled in a correspondence course may participate).
- Students may not be native or primary speakers of a foreign language if they wish to compete in a foreign language event. Students whose main language at home is other than English are considered to be native speakers of that particular language, and schools must certify that students are non-native speakers of the target language.
- Students must not represent their school more than once in the same event.
- Students should not seek to gain an unfair advantage by competing in events for which advanced credit has been earned or having been earned for courses in advanced standing (e.g. competing in Physical Science after completing a course in Chemistry).
- When the calendar sets District Rally prior to March 1, students at schools that follow block scheduling will be allowed to participate in a literary event for their school if they completed the course during the preceding fall semester or are enrolled in the course during the current spring semester. Even if the student is currently enrolled in the next level course, the student will be able to participate in a literary event for a course that was completed in the prior semester, provided that the course is a pre-requisite for the course in which the student is currently enrolled. Example: A student who attends a school that follows block scheduling completed English I during the fall semester. He is enrolled in English II for the spring semester. He is eligible to participate at District Rally in either English I or English II.
Open & Performance Event Eligibility
Students must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible to enter State Rally Performance Events:
- Certified by District Rally Directors as Bona Fide Qualifiers, or,
- Verified by Official Results of the LHSRA sanctioned District Drama Rallies as “Superior” rated performers, or,
- Verified by Official Results of the LMEA District Music Festival as “Superior” rated performers, or,
- Verified by Official Results of the LHSRA sanctioned District Speech Rallies as “Superior” rated performers.
- Verified by Official Results of the Vonnie Borden Speech Festival as “Superior” rated performers.
Schools entering a play in Drama competition must earn a “Superior” rating from their qualifying District Rally. Entry forms for State Rally Drama events must be certified and sent to the State Rally Office by March 7, 2014, the deadline in order to complete registration.
Special foreign language open events do not require qualification at a District Rally. No school may enter more than one student in each event. A student who is a native speaker of a foreign language is ineligible to participate in that foreign language event. Thus, a student whose main or primary language at home is other than English is considered to be a native speaker of that particular language.
Schools must certify that students are non-native speakers of the target language. Entry forms for State Rally Foreign Language events must be certified and sent to the State Rally Office by March 7, 2014, the deadline in order to complete registration.
Please note: French and Spanish literary events do require a District Rally qualification.
Students who have earned a “Superior” rating at a District Rally or Louisiana Music Educators Association contest qualify for State Rally Music events. Entry forms for State Rally Music events must be certified and sent to the State Rally Office by March 7, 2014, the deadline in order to complete registration.
Students who have earned a “Superior” rating at a District Rally Speech competition or who have qualified to compete in the Louisiana High School Speech League Tournament of Champions qualify for State Rally Speech events. Entry forms for State Rally Speech events must be certified and sent to the State Rally Office by March 7, 2014, the deadline in order to complete registration.