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Instructions for participants*

"An interesting landmark" is the topic for the 2015 School Speech Contest.

The world is full of landmarks that represent historical, aesthetic or cultural importance. Landmarks tell a story and add to the rich fiber of our world. In big cities, small towns and even in rugged rural fields, buildings, monuments and other structures or geographic features are considered landmarks - natural or manmade places of interest that may be easily recognizable or historically significant.

Students are asked to tell the story of one landmark. They can choose to describe:

  • Its location and physical characteristics.
  • The history of the landmark itself.
  • How the landmark impacted and/or continues to impact people.

Students can consider a landmark of local, national or worldwide prominence, though it does not have to be officially declared a landmark. Ideas include, but are not limited to, national parks, capitol buildings, homes of famous people, museums, prominent buildings of business and industry or even important sports arenas.

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 10 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 outlined above.
  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 2016:

"Hunger in America."

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