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Instructions for participants*

"The importance of healthy living" is the topic for the 2014 School Speech Contest.

Students are asked to consider how maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for individuals, communities or even the nation as a whole. Participants can choose to focus on various aspects of health - including, but not limited to, exercise, nutrition, obesity, disease prevention or mental health.

In organizing their speeches, students can consider these questions:

  • What is the student's definition of a healthy lifestyle?
  • How does an individual's decision to maintain a healthy lifestyle impact his/her own life and those around him/her?
  • What can communities do to assist individuals in improving their health? (Consider examples of community or government initiatives that have had a positive impact on overall health.)

Students can use the questions above to help formulate ideas, but they should not be limited by the list.

Speeches must be at least three minutes and no longer than five minutes long, and must be in the students' own words.

Judging criteria
Contestants will be judged using the following 100-point system:

40 points for material organization
This accounts for theme and subject adherence, structure, content, logic and color.

40 points for delivery and presentation
This includes voice, pronunciation, enunciation, gestures and poise.

20 points for overall effectiveness
This scores impression and effect.

Contest dates
The contest can be held any time from January through May, on a date chosen by the principal or teachers of the participating school.

Materials provided: 

  • Informational brochure for students.
  • Certificates for all participants.
  • Gold-plated pins and trophies for top contestants.
  • Plaque for schools and winners at each school.
  • Appreciation gifts for judges, timer and contest organizer. 

Rules summary

  1. A minimum of 12 students must participate.
  2. The contest must be held between Jan. 1 and May 31.
  3. A School Speech Contest order form must be completed and submitted to Modern Woodmen each year, at least 30 days before the contest.
  4. Speech content must be each student’s own thoughts and words on the topic, “The importance of healthy living".
  5. No costumes, visuals or props may be used at the contest. If used, 50 points will be deducted.
  6. At the school’s discretion, speeches may be memorized or notes may be used, but students must be notified of the decision two weeks before the contest.
  7. Each speech must be three to five minutes long. Penalty points will be assessed for speeches over or under the time limit.

How to request
Use our Find a Representative feature or call our home office at (800) 322-9805. If you have used the School Speech Contest before, you can request it online.

* The School Speech Contest can only be used by schools.

School Speech Contest 2014:

"The importance of healthy living."

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