Oratory

The art of speaking in public eloquently and effectively. (This is not a dramatic presentation.)

Requirements

 

1. Only one (1) speech is to be presented, and it must not exceed five (5) minutes.

 

2. The selection of the speech is the decision of the contestant;

     it should be an original piece written by the contestant to persuade or inform their audience.

 

3. The speech is not to be presented as a dramatic presentation.

 

4. Costumes and props are not permitted.

 

5. The material must be completely memorized.

 

 

Contestants Will Be Judged By The Following Criteria

 

Delivery (25 pts)

  • Speech Clarity

  • Diction

  • Pronunciation

  • Enunciation

  • Gestures

  • Emphasis

  • Memorization

  • Tempo

  • Time

 

Interpretation (25 pts)

  • Content

  • Subject Adherence

  • Theme

  • Logic and Color

  • Emotion/Connection

 

Platform Presence (25 pts)

  • Poise

  • Appeal

  • Impression

  • Attitude and Effect

  • Audience Engagement

 

Projection (25 pts)

  • Voice

  • Emphasis

  • Tone

  • Pitch

  • Volume