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School Speech Contest

Purpose
Modern Woodmen of America's School Speech Contest provides students with valuable personal and academic experiences. Levels 2, 3 and 4 give students opportunities to further polish their skills and gain maturity. At each level, Modern Woodmen provides the materials needed to conduct the contests.

This year's topic
"An interesting landmark"

Each participating student must use the same speech he or she prepared for the Local Contest - Level 1 competition on the topic "An interesting landmark". The length of the speech must remain three to five minutes.

No costumes, special clothes, visuals or props may be used.  If used, 50 points will be deducted.

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.

The contest organizer selects three judges from among local civic leaders, educators and/or persons with public speaking knowledge.  They should not be high school students.

Advanced contest qualifications
Advanced levels of competition include:

  • Students and their schools must first meet the requirements of the Local Contest - Level 1 to advance to higher levels of competition.
  • At least four schools must participate to hold a County/District Contest - Level 2.
  • Three Level 2 contests must be held to qualify for a State/Regional Contest - Level 3.
  • Schools may choose not to compete at a higher level.

Contest organizer's role
A contest organizer must be chosen from a participating school to coordinate a County/District or State/Regional contest.

The contest organizer: 

  1. Coordinates the contest and contest date with the participating schools.
  2. Makes sure rules are provided to all participating students before the event.
  3. Submits a request form for the trophies and materials to Modern Woodmen 15 days prior to the contest, before May 1 for Level 2 and before May 30 for Level 3.
  4. Selects the judges and notifies schools of the contest date. Gives each judge the rules (provided) to review before the date of the contest.
  5. Makes sure the trophies, awards and other necessary materials are at the contest. 

General Rules

  1. Students in grades five through eight are eligible to compete, and at least nine students must compete.
  2. Schools must coordinate local contest dates if they plan to advance to higher levels of competition.
  3. A request form must be completed each year and sent to Modern Woodmen 15 days prior to the contest.
  4. Speech content must be the student's thoughts and words on the topic "An interesting landmark".
    • Notes may be used at the County/District Contest - Level 2, unless otherwise communicated by the contest organizer and participating schools. If the decision is made not to allow notes, the students should have at least two weeks notice.
    • Notes may not be used for State/Regional Contest or National Contest. If used, 50 points will be deducted.
    • No costumes, visuals or props may be used at any contest level. If used, 50 points will be deducted.
  5. Each speech must be three to five minutes long. Penalty points will be deducted for speeches over or under the time limit.
  6. Three judges, who have not judged a Modern Woodmen-sponsored contest in the past year, must be selected.

A Modern Woodmen representative(s) may be able to make the presentation of trophies at the contest finals. Please feel free to contact your representative.



County/District Contest - Level 2

 


County/District Contest - Level 2

Criteria
Schools must meet all the requirements of the Level 1 contest to be eligible for Level 2. The winners of the Level 2 contest may advance to Level 3 and possibly Level 4. A Level 2 contest can be held when four or more schools have conducted Level 1 contests.

Who may compete
First-, second- and third-place winners of the Level 1 contests are eligible for the Level 2 contest. Participating schools may decide if third-place winners will compete, or first- and second-place winners only. All schools should be notified of this decision before the contest. Only students in grades five through eight may participate.

A minimum of 10 students must compete at Level 2. Keep in mind the allotted time for each speech and completion of the judging forms could be eight to 10 minutes. This may help determine the number of students you wish to have participate.

Contest dates
The contest may be held from January through May 2013, after the Level 1 contests have been held.

Materials provided

 

  1. Pins. Each participating student receives a pin.
  2. Awards. One set of County/District Contest - Level 2 trophies is sent per contest.
    • School trophy. The first-place winner's school receives a trophy.
    • Individual trophies. First-, second- and third-place winners receive a trophy.
    • Engraving. Modern Woodmen handles the engraving of the school trophy only.
  3. Monetary awards. The first-place winner receives a cash prize of $50.
  4. Appreciation gifts. Small thank-you gifts are included for the judges, timer and contest organizer.
  5. Contest organizer's packet. This packet includes all materials and forms needed to conduct the contest. Please check materials upon receipt to make sure you have enough supplies.
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 State/Regional Contest - Level 3 

 

Criteria
Schools must meet all the requirements of the Level 1 and Level 2 contests to be eligible for the Level 3 contest.  The first-place winner of the Level 3 contest will advance to Level 4.
 
The Level 3 contest can only be held when three or more Level 2 contests have been conducted.

A minimum of nine students must compete at Level 3. Keep in mind the allotted time for each speech and completion of the judging forms could be eight to 10 minutes.  This may help determine the number of students you wish to have participate.

Who may compete
The first-, second- and third-place winners of the Level 2 contests are eligible for the Level 3 contest. Schools must decide if the third-place winner may compete.

Contest dates
The contest must be held after the Level 1 and Level 2 competitions have been held and before June 25.

Materials provided 

 

  1. Medallions. Each participating student receives an Olympic-style ribbon with a medallion. 
  2. Awards. One set of trophies will be sent per contest.
    • School trophy. The first-place winner's school receives a trophy. 
    • Individual trophies. First-, second- and third-place winners receive a trophy. 
    • Engraving. Modern Woodmen handles the engraving of the school trophy only. 
  3. Monetary awards. The first-place winner receives a cash prize of $100. The second-place winner receives $75, and the third-place winner receives $50. 
  4. Appreciation gifts. Small thank-you gifts are included for the judges, timer and contest organizer. 
  5. Contest organizer's packet. This packet includes all materials and forms needed to conduct the contest. Please check materials upon receipt to make sure you have enough supplies.

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National Contest - Level 4


Criteria
The Level 4 contest is the final level of competition in Modern Woodmen's School Speech Contest. Students must first participate in the Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 competitions to be eligible for the national contest.

Who may compete
First-place winners in the Level 3 contests are invited to participate in the Level 4 contest. At this level only, speeches must be recorded under controlled conditions and submitted for judging at Modern Woodmen's headquarters in Rock Island, Ill.

Contest dates
The recording will follow the Level 3 contest. DVDs must be received by Modern Woodmen by July 1. Judging will be held in July.

Materials provided 

  1. Medallions. Each student receives a red, white and blue ribbon with a special inscribed medallion. 
  2. Awards.
    • School plaques. First-, second- and third-place winners' schools receive an engraved plaque.
    • Individual plaques. The first-, second- and third-place winners receive an engraved plaque. 
  3. Savings plans.
    • The first-place winner receives a $2,000 savings plan.  The second-place winner receives a $1,500 savings plan, and the third-place winner receives a $1,000 savings plan.
The savings plan, plus interest, will be paid to the winners when they come of legal age.

A local Modern Woodmen representative will be notified of any national contest winner(s) in his or her area. Once the plaques are engraved, the representative will receive and present the award to the winner(s).


How to request
This and other free youth educational programs are made possible through the donation of a Modern Woodmen representative.  For more information, use our Find a Representative feature or call our home office at (800) 322-9805.


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