Speaking announces 2023 speech project

Published 6:09 pm Friday, October 21, 2022

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Minnesota girls taking part in the third biennial Speaking Proudly oratory competition will focus on the topic, “Securing ‘the Blessings of Liberty’ in 21st Century America.”

Organizers of the event, which will be June 17, 2023 at the State Capitol, announced the topic today.

“We looked to the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution for the 2023 topic,” said Sherie Wallace, a member of the Speaking Proudly Steering Committee. “We hope it will encourage competitors to consider what the blessings of liberty are and how they can be protected and nurtured for all Americans.”

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The competition’s first-place winner will receive $2,000 and the second and third place finalists will receive $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. All competitors will speak once in the House of Representatives chamber and twice in other Capitol rooms. The final round will be in the Rotunda.

Speaking Proudly is a nonpartisan, nonprofit project of Metro Republican Women and is open to girls in grades nine through 12 who reside in or attend school in Minnesota. “Girls from all types of schools – public, private, home, charter and other schools – are welcome to apply,” Wallace said. For more information, visit speakingproudly.org.