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International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition
2019 IISPSC Boston | Oct. 31 - Nov. 3

IISPSC 2019 Phase II Registration

Thank you for registering for IISPSC 2019 in Massachusetts. We are looking forward to your arrival here in October!
Late October can be cold and snowy in Boston, so please pack accordingly.

With just a few days left until the start of IISPSC19, we’re very excited to put the final touches on preparations for your arrival in Massachusetts.  If you have any last-minute changes or questions, please contact us as soon as possible. If you have not completed all of your required forms or payments, please do this right away.

You’ll arrive in Boston at the height of the fall season. The trees will be changed (and some will already be bare), the city will be crowded with college students, and the weather will clearly be turning toward winter. The usual highs and lows will be pleasantly chilly, with highs in the 50s and overnight lows in the 40s (around 13C to 5C). Please plan to dress for the weather. We’ll be out and about in Boston a couple of times and it will be more pleasant if you have a coat.

The schedule for the tournament is now posted. Please plan to arrive at the Buckingham Browne and Nichols campus after 3:30 on Thursday.  Any earlier will cause some difficulty as the students leave for the day. The school’s address is 80 Gerry’s Landing Rd, Cambridge, MA 02138.  When you arrive at Boston’s Logan Airport, you will be able to get to Cambridge either by the T (the area subway) or by taxi. The closest T stop to the hotel is in Central Square on the Red Line. The closest stop to the school is the next stop on the same line, Harvard Square.  It might be easier to stop at the hotel and drop off your bags before coming to BB&N.

Plans for the week include lots of speaking and debating at the school (and at the hotel for Finals on Sunday).  In addition, we’ll spend the morning on Friday out in Boston and Cambridge. We’ll be in two groups; each group will go on a Harvard tour and spend some time at the Museum of Fine Arts. We’ll all meet at Quincy Market for lunch, where the students will be on their own for a little while. The big event of the weekend will be a trip to Boston Garden to see the Bruins play the Ottawa Senators.  I hope that these events will help you get a feel for the place and culture of the Boston area.

Some of you have seen that there have been some cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in eastern Massachusetts. You can find information about this on the CDC website ( We are looking forward to colder weather, which will decrease the number of mosquitoes in the area.  The state of Massachusetts has been spraying to control mosquitoes. We will also provide everyone with bug repellant. 

We’re looking forward to seeing you here soon.  Please be in touch if you have any questions.

Competition Venue

Buckingham Browne and Nichols (BB&N)
in Cambridge

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact David Conti or Sarah Getchell.