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Please click on any of the links above to find out more about each of the events in Speech and Debate competition.

Event rules

Extemporaneous Speaking:  Each student will be given three topics of current interest from which to choose.  30 minutes will then be allowed for preparation time.  The speech is 7 minutes with 30 seconds grace.

Dramatic Interpretation:  This event uses a cutting of a dramatic nature from a play, novel, poem,  or short story.  The maximum time allowed will be 10 minutes (including intro), and 30 seconds grace.  The performance must be given from memory and use no props.

Prose Interpretation:  The selection (a published piece or collection of pieces)  should be of  literary merit.  The introduction must be memorized, but the piece itself is to be read from a folder.  The maximum time limit will be 7 minutes.  At time, the interpreter must complete the sentence and stop. A selection used in this event may not be used in any other event.

Poetry Interpretation:  The selection should be a poem or collection of poems.  The introduction must be memorized, but the piece itself is to be read from a folder.  The maximum time limit will be 7 minutes.  At time, the interpreter must complete the sentence and stop. A selection used in this event may not be used in any other event.

Original Oratory:  This memorized speech must be the original work of the contestant.  Quoted material in the speech cannot exceed 150 words.  Manuscripts should be available on request.  This event has a 10 minute maximum time limit,  with 30 seconds grace.

Humorous Interpretation:  The rules for this event are the same as Dramatic Interp, except the selection must be humorous in nature.

Duet Acting:  This must be a cutting from a play, novel, poem, or short story.  No costumes or props are allowed, other than two chairs.  The minimum performance time is eight minutes and the maximum time is twelve minutes, including the introduction (30 seconds grace).  Students may not use the same selection for duet and another event.

Impromptu:  An impromptu speech, with topic selection varied round by round, section by section, may be of  a humorous or serious nature. Speakers will have a total of 7 minutes and may use the time at their own discretion.

Duet Improvisation: Teams will select from three topics and have three minutes to prepare.  An introduction must precede the performance that cannot exceed five minutes in length.

Story Telling: Similar to prose and poetry, this selection must have an introduction and may be a maximum of 7 minutes in length.  However, the selection must be a children’s story, read from a children’s book, not a binder and in a manner that is suitable for children.

 

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