A speech from memory or limited notes that demonstrates mastery in the art of public speaking using reasoning, elocution, and evidence to support the opinion. Topics may include, but are not limited to: subsistence, sovereignty, urban/rural conflicts, multilingualism, religious freedom, education, or traditional values. Make a strong use of supporting materials, elder’s teachings, cultural lore, published materials (magazines, newspapers, Internet, etc.). Sources should be clearly cited during speech and included in notes or in manuscript.
A recitation of an indigenous speech, or persuasive document. Presentation material may be edited, but should accurately convey the author’s intent.
A recitation of one or more indigenous stories. Each story should be published, recorded, or transcribed with permission from the author, clan, elder, or tribe when appropriate. If you plan on sharing more than one story, include transitions between literary works to show thematic interrelationship(s). Interpretation of 2 or more characters, appropriate costuming, limited props, and dramatic movement may be incorporated.
A presentation from memory or limited notes in an indigenous language. A speech may be composed specifically for this category in the subject of your choosing or may be shared with one of the other categories. A significant portion of the speech must be in the native language, leaving time for translation. Students entering this category must register by Wednesday, February 20, 2013 to allow us time to identify judges in each language entered in the competition.
Artistic Expression (new category)
A performance of an original composition in the field of creative writing, song, or dance. Poems are judged on the basis of content and delivery. All works must be presented within the allotted time of fifteen minutes, there is no minimum time limit. Multiple works should include a transition between them to show thematic interrelationships. Content and language in your presentation should be appropriate for elders and children present. If you are registered for two of the standing categories, you may compete in this bonus category. This new category is eligible for gifts only, not tuition waivers this year.
Deadline to register is Friday, March 1, 5 p.m. in the NRSC. Open to ALL High School & UA Students (minimum of 3 credits required for UA participants)
*Scholarship Prizes for Oratory, Dramatic Declamation, Storytelling, Native Language only. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes available with 4 or more participants for any one of the categories. Please contact NRSC at 796-6043 for more information.