The Community Projects of Havre de Grace (CPo HdG), Inc.,
HdG Colored School Foundation
The 2019 Langston Hughes
Youth Oratorical Contest
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The Theme: “I continue to dream..."
The Langston Hughes Youth Oratorical Contest provides Harford County Students an opportunity to obtain a scolarship while demonstrating their speaking, writing and oratory skills. Students must develop a 3 to 5 minute speech using the theme,
"I continue to dream..“
Here are some examples of other oratorical contests.
Please Join Us...
The Event is Free to the Public
Saturday, February 2, 2019
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The Cultural Center at the Opera House
121 N. Union Avenue
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Langston Hughes Oratorical Contestant Submission Form
The Colored School Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 Langston Hughes Youth Oratorical Contest. The contest provides a wonderful forum for students to develop their speaking, writing and oratory skills while also developing poise and confidence in an important life skill of public speaking!
Middle School: Grades 6-8
High School: Grades 9-12
Contestants are required to deliver a
3 to 5 minute speech around the theme,
"I continue to dream...“
Contestants are required to submit this online application and a video of their speech no later than Sunday, January 6, 2019.
Submit videos to https://goo.gl/forms/INMDgTpRxjriLCX33
Speeches should be inspirational and not political.
10 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:
Practice Session Date
January 26, 2019, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Havre de Grace Colored School
555 Alliance Street
Havre de Grace, Md 21078
1st place in each category
(middle and high school contestants) $500 each
2nd place in each category
(middle and high school contestants) $300 each
3d place in each category
(middle and high school contestants) $200 each
The top 4 runners up
(2 middle and 2 high school contestants) $100 each
Scholarships are payable to the student.
All contestants must be present to receive their award.
(No charitable donation or grants are used to fund these scholarships.)
Official Contest Rules and Criteria
Each contestant must complete and submit the official application above.
Contestants must submit a video of their speech to https://goo.gl/forms/INMDgTpRxjriLCX33 no later than Sunday January 6, 2019. At that time, 10 contestants will be selected.
Contestants must be either a high school, junior high or middle school student, grades 6-12. Home schooled students are eligible.
Contestants must be Harford County residents.
Contestants must show valid school ID or proof of age (birth certificate or passport are acceptable).
Contestants must speak on the official topic, “I continue to dream..." and use it in their speech at least once.
Speeches should be inspirational. No politics or offensive language allowed.
Speeches must be at least 3 minutes but not over 4 minutes.
A contestant will be penalized if the speech is timed to be under 3 minutes or over 4 minutes in length. The penalty will be 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 are 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.
Poise – appearance and personality: 20 points
Content of Speech – subject adherence, theme, content and logic: 35 points
Delivery & Presentation – voice, volume, pronunciation, gestures, eye contact, sincerity and emphasis: 35 points
Overall Effectiveness – appeal, impression, attitude and effect: 10 points.
Failure to use the official topic - 3 points
Failure to identify non-original material – disqualification
Use of props, special costumes/clothing or prompters – disqualification
Time penalties – 1 point for each 15 seconds or fraction of over or under the allotted time.