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Freshman Speeches: General Information and Guidelines

A speaking and research guide for the annual 9th grade Speech Contest

2016 Winner Jack Harrington

Prizes

GRAND PRIZE WINNER:   $250 GIFT CARD TO BEST BUY

THREE FINALISTS:  $100 GIFT CARD EACH TO ITUNES

TEN SEMI-FINALISTS:  $50 GIFT CARD EACH TO ITUNES

 

Freshman Speech Competition 2017 – Important Dates and Topics

January 19 and 31         Freshman class meeting at break

Feb. 2, 7, and 9              Work on speeches in small groups (sponsors’ classrooms)

February 9                     Speech outline submitted to speech advisor                                                                       

February 15, 16, 22       Speeches given in small groups – 10 semi-finalists chosen from these groups                         

February 24                    3 finalists chosen in semi-finals  (7:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. – Paschall Theater)

                                          REQUIRED FOR ALL - ATTENDANCE TAKEN

February 27                    3 finalists compete for final prize in Monday assembly                     

 

Topics:    A. POLICE - How can we improve relationships between police and the communities they serve?

                 B. MEDIA - How effectively is the American media fulfilling its duty to report on and hold accountable our                                                           political leaders?

                 C. RUSSIA/CHINA - What policies would you recommend the new administration should adopt towards Russia                                                and/or China?                                       

Notes:                                  A.   3 ½  – 5 minutes in length

                                              B.   Typed outline for teacher due by February 11

                                              C.    Note card to help with speech (if necessary)

                                              D.    5 demerits will be assessed if outline is not complete or

                                              speech does not meet minimum requirements.  Speech must

                                              be made to exit freshman year.

                                              E.    Missing any meeting without prior excuse will result in

                                              5 demerits.

                                              F.    Must include a reference to the role of empathy in your topic.