A combination of both extemporaneous and persuasive speaking. It can be both informative and advocating. Knowledge of events and some history is required. Contestants seated at a table or desk for the presentation. Preparation time: 30 minutes. Time limit: 5 minutes.
Cross Examination Debate
A clash of two, two-person teams, one affirmative and one negative, on the annual national policy resolution. The affirmative presents a case for change in the present system. The negative supports the present system or a counter-proposal for change.
Competition in drama is held at the regional and state levels. A school performs a one-act play or cutting of a longer work with more than two characters. Two schools advance from each region to the state finals. Competitions are held during the first semester.
A contestant chooses a cutting from a serious play and memorizes it. The student recreates the scene using appropriate gestures and voices. Time limit: 10 minutes.
Two students work together to recreate a scene using appropriate gestures and voices. Time limit: 10 minutes.
Two students will argue a topic with limited preparation time.
A contestant selects a topic about a current issue. Preparation time: 30 minutes. Time limit: 7 minutes.
A contestant chooses a cutting from a humorous play and memorizes it. The student recreates the scene using appropriate gestures and voices. Time limit: 10 minutes.
In a limited amount of time a student prepares a brief speech on topics such as proverbs, aphorisms or quotations. Preparation time: 5 minutes. Time limit: 5 minutes.
A pair of contestant present 3, three-minute news broadcasts. In subsequent rounds, prepared scripts are used.
Original speeches teach or explain a concept or idea. Time limit: 10 minutes.
A clash of two debaters, one affirmative and one negative, on a values topic. National topics change every two months.
Oral Interpretation of Poetry
A contestant interprets with script in hand one or more poems. Time limit: 10 minutes.
Oral Interpretation of Prose
A contestant interprets with script in hand a cutting from a short story or novel. Time limit: 10 minutes.
Original speeches convince the audience. Time limit: 10 minutes.
A clash of two three person teams debating both prepared and impromptu topic rounds. The six students in the debate and the judge(s) form a legislative body voting on an issue of policy.
Public Forum Debate
A clash of two, two person teams, one pro and one con on a contemporary resolution. National topics change every month.
Student Congress - Senate
Student Congress - House*
In both the Senate and the House students take on the roles of legislators. Using parliamentary procedure, students debate bills and resolutions on current issues.
* Events denoted with an asterisk are held at the state level only.