H.S. girls oratory competition applications are due Aug. 1

Published 8:15 am Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Fifty high school girls will be selected to compete in a juried Minnesota oratory competition on Oct. 26 at the Minnesota State Capitol, sponsored by Metro Republican Women.

A total of $1,750 will be awarded to the top three speeches.

The speech topic is “‘A Republic if you can keep it:’ Rising to Benjamin Franklin’s Challenge.”

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Applications are due Aug. 1 and selection of competitors will be made by Aug. 31.

“We are thrilled to invite Minnesota girls to address such an important topic in the most beautifully restored Minnesota State Capitol,” said Deb Kaczmarek, a leader with the Speaking Proudly organizing team, past president of Metro Republican Women, and high school speech coach and teacher. “Competing in this magnificent setting, exercising the freedom to speak up for our country, will be an experience these girls will remember the rest of their lives.”

Thirty-two judges consisting of speech teachers and well-known political and community leaders will take part in judging the various speeches throughout the day. Competition schedule and rules, details about the application process, and speech preparation tips can be found at speakingproudly.org.

Applications are received and identified only by a number assigned to the speech outline to allow judges to focus strictly on the merits of the speech submission and, eventually, its delivery.  A $50 deposit with each application is returned to the girl if she is not selected to compete or after she engages in the competition.

The competition begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m.