The 2018 Langston Hughes

Youth Oratorical Contest

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The Theme: “Hold fast to dreams…” 

The Langston Hughes Youth Oratorical Contest provides Harford County Students an opportunity to earn money while demonstrating their speaking, writing and oratory skills. Students must develop a 4 to 5 minute speech using the theme,

 "Hold Fast To Dreams..."

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Langston Hughes Oratorical Contest Submission Form

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Community Projects of Havre de Grace, Inc., the Colored School Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2018 Langston Hughes Youth Oratorical Contest. The contest provides a wonderful forum for students to foster their speaking, writing and oratory skills while developing poise and confidence in the essential life skill of public speaking! 


Contestant Categories

Middle School: Grades 6-8

High School: Grades 9-12


Requirement

Contestants are required to deliver a 

4 to 5 minute speech around the theme,

"Dreams are like..."


Application

Contestants are required to submit an online application and a video of their speech no later than February 3, 2018 to hdgcoloredschool@gmail.com


Awards

30 contestants will receive an award.  

The top 6 (3 middle and 3 high school students) will be required to present their speeches on the following dates:


Contest Date

Saturday

February 24, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 


Practice Session Date

Saturday

February 17, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.


Location for Both Events

Helping Hands Ministries, 

3237 Level Rd, Churchville, MD  21028 


Award Categories

 The top 24 runners up 

(12 middle and 12 high school contestants) $100 each

 3rd place in each category 

(middle and high school contestant) $200 each

 2nd place in each category 

(middle and high school contestant) $300 each

 1st place in each category 

(middle and high school contestant) $500 each


Scholarships will be payable to the student.

 All contestants must be present to receive their award.

Official Contest Rules and Criteria

Each contestant must complete and submit the official application above.

 Contestants must submit a video of their speech to hdgcoloredschool@gmail.com no later than February 3, 2018.  30 contestants will be selected.   

 Contestants must be either a high school, junior high or middle school student, grades 6-12.   Home schooled children are also eligible.

 Contestants must be a Harford County resident.

 Contestants must show valid school ID or proof of age (birth certificate or passport are acceptable). 

 Contestants must speak on the official topic, “Hold fast to dreams…” and use it in their speech at least once. 

 Speeches should be inspirational. No politics or offensive language allowed.

 Time allowed will be not under 4 minutes or over 5 minutes.

 Contestants who go over or under the time requirements will be penalized one point for each 15 seconds, or fraction of over or under the allotted time. This penalty will be determined by the official timekeeper.

 Timing will stop when the contestant finishes.

 Props, special costumes, clothing, or prompters not permitted.

 Speeches must be delivered in English.

 Copyrighted or quoted material must be verbally identified.

 Contestants must prepare his or her own speech.

 Notes cannot be used.

 References cannot be made that identifies the student, parents, school, community, sponsoring Club or District.


Scoring Criteria

 Poise – appearance and personality: 20 points

 Content of Speech – subject adherence, theme, content, logic and color: 35 points

 Delivery & Presentation – voice, volume, pronunciation, gestures, eye contact, sincerity and emphasis: 35 points 

 Overall Effectiveness – appeal, impression, attitude and effect: 10 points.

Penalties

 Failure to use the official topic - 3 points

 Failure to identify non-original material – disqualification

 Use of props, etc. – disqualification

 Time penalties – 1 point for each 15 seconds or fraction of over or under the allotted time.


Awards

Contestant Categories:

Middle School: Grades 6-8

High School: Grades 9-12

 The top 24 runners up (12 middle and 12 high school contestants) $100 each

 3rd place in each category (middle and high school contestant) $200 each

 2nd place in each category (middle and high school contestant) $300 each

 1st place in each category (middle and high school contestant) $500 each


Scholarships will be payable to the student.

For more information please contact Patricia Cole, 

hdgcoloredschool@gmail.com, 

(703) 398-6133