With apologies for the last minute announcement, the Youth Committee has announced a Youth Public Speaking Contest (not to be confused with the Junior Public Speaking Contest to be held in June). The contest will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Topsham Grange Hall on Pleasant Street in Topsham at 4:30 pm, before the Maine State Grange Variety Show which is at 6:00 p.m. The rules as provided are:
There are 3 age divisions based on their ages on January 1, 2017: 1. Youth 14 – 21 years of age, 2. Young adult 22-35 years of age, 3. Adult (Sr. Youth) 36 + years of age.
Props are allowed but must be appropriately sized for the room. Points can be deducted for props.
For all categories, voice and stage presence are important. Speak clearly, easy to understand; dress appropriately and neatly; expression, emotion, enthusiasm, confidence all matter. Points will be taken away for going under or over the time established.
Category A: PREPARED SPEECH
Contestants choose their topics and will be given an impromptu question, relating to the speech, at the end. A minimum of three minutes and maximum of fivc minutes.
Category B: RADIO SPOT CONTEST
A radio spot is an advertisement promoting the Grange. Pretend you’re a “DJ” and you’re doing a commercial for the Grange. Can include one or two people in the radio spot.
Radio spots should be exactly 60 seconds in length and may include a musical or sound effect introduction and/or background, but may not include a spoken introduction or “tag” by another other than the contestant. If music or sound effect is used, the contestant must provide and operate the sound-making device. The contestant will provide a complete written script (including notations about music/sound effects) to the timekeeper to aid in timing accuracy. Musical/sound effect introductions and endings are considered a part of the radio spot and must not cause the 60 second time limit to be exceeded. The spot should relate to the Grange, be original and created by the contestant.
Category C: IMPROMPTU SPEECH
An impromptu speech is delivered without preparation or thought ahead of time. No note cards are used, and topics are generally drawn.
- We hope that by establishing an impromptu speech category that members will build confidence and in the future participate in the prepared speeches or the radio speech category.
- Impromptu speeches should be at least one minute in length and not longer than 5 minutes.
- Time keeper will hold up hand when the 1 minute mark has been reached and then 4.30 minute mark has been reached so speaker knows when he/she can stop.
- Participants will draw two topics, select their choice of the two and return the other one.