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Format

The prepared speech

Regional finals

  • For Regional finals participants deliver a prepared speech of 6 minutes on a topic of their choice.
  • A warning bell sounds at 5 minutes and a final bell at 6 minutes.

Semifinals

  • Participants deliver a prepared speech of 6 minutes on a topic of their choice.
  • A warning bell sounds at 5 minutes and a final bell at 6 minutes.

State final

  • Participants deliver a prepared speech of 8 minutes on a topic of their choice.
  • A warning bell sounds at 7 minutes and a final bell at 8 minutes.

The impromptu speech

  • Speakers are given a topic 4 minutes before they are due to present the impromptu speech.
  • All contestants speak on the same topic.
  • The time allowed for the impromptu speech is 3 minutes.
  • A warning bell sounds at 2 minutes and a final bell at 3 minutes.

Please note

  • Students should prepare speeches that do not exceed the time limit (6 minutes for prepared and 3 minutes for impromptu). Adjudicators will allow students to finish a sentence or thought if it means going over the time limit but they will not take into account anything substantial that is spoken after the bell.
  • At the Sate final speakers will be required to  expand their prepared speech to 8 minutes. The time allowed for the impromptu speech is 3 minutes.
  • Speakers will not be allowed to use a lectern at any of the finals. A microphone may be needed at the state final.

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