Mars Hill

Mars Hill This event is intended for competitors 14 and older or with the consent of the parents due to mature themes in some topics. These are not intended to be rules but rather helpful additional information for those wanting to do this event. Mars Hill is a speech event that trains students to connect…

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Apologetics

In Apologetics, the competitor is given four (4) minutes to prepare a speech that defends a tenet of the Christian faith. The speaker crafts a speech to reach those curious, not in agreement, or Biblically uninformed with persuasiveness and reasoning. Competitors will be motivated to study, articulate, and defend the core issues of their faith…

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Humorous Interpretation

In Humorous Interpretation the competitor creates an amusing, original rendition from a single piece of literature which captivates and entertains the audience. Stand-up comedy, or telling a series of jokes without a corresponding plot, is not Humorous Interpretation. Speakers select and analyze literature, then bring it to life through the creative use of voice, movement,…

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Duo Interpretation

In Duo Interpretation two competitors create an original rendition from a single selection of literature which captivates and moves the audience. To select and analyze literature, then bring it to life through the creative use of voice, facial expression, and movement without interacting face-to-face.

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Dramatic Interpretation

In Dramatic Interpretation the competitor creates a serious, original rendition from a single piece of literature which captivates and moves the audience. Speakers select and analyze literature, then bring it to life through the creative use of voice, movement, and facial expression.

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Open Interpretation

In Open Interpretation the competitor creates an original rendition from a selection or selections of prose or poetry (including unpublished work) which captivates and moves the audience. Speakers select and analyze literature, then bring it to life through the creative use of voice, movement, and facial expression.

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Persuasive Speaking

A Persuasive speech is a prepared speech, written by the competitor, which advocates a specific position or course of action. The goal is to develop a polished, winsome speaker who can state a clearly-worded position supported by convincing arguments and well-researched support.

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Original Oratory

An Original Oratory is a prepared speech, written by the competitor, on a topic of the speaker’s choice. The goal is to develop a polished, winsome speaker who can present an engaging, well-organized speech on any topic.

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Expository Speaking

An Expository speech is a prepared speech, written by the competitor, which explains or “exposes” a topic usually with the help of visual aids. The goal is to develop a winsome, polished, speaker who can present a creative, well-organized speech while efficiently employing audio/visual aids or props.

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Extemporaneous Speaking

In Extemporaneous speaking the competitor answers a given question based on a recent event in the news. The competitor, alone or as part of a club, researches national and international current events and may create reference files of newsworthy information. Competitor develops themselves a well-informed student who can critically evaluate current issues by expressing his…

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