Buffalo Trail Public Schools Annual Superintendent’s Public Speaking Contest
The Buffalo Trail Public School Superintendent’s Public Speaking Contest provides an opportunity for students in BTPS to be involved in an event that will display their public speaking abilities. The competition is meant to acknowledge the importance of public speaking as an essential skill for today’s youth.
Date: April 27th, 2018 @ 9:30 a.m. Place: BTPS North Training Center – J.R. Robson School
Three categories will be established. Two general category topics are indicated in each category and students will be given the latitude to expand on either topic in a direction of their choosing.
Elementary Division – Open to students currently enrolled in Grade 4, 5 or 6
Topics: 1) Vegetables – Friend or Foe?
2) If I had a super power, what would it be and why.
Speech Length: 2-4 minutes
Junior High Division – Open to students currently enrolled in Grade 7, 8 or 9
Topics: 1) Funny things about the English language…
2) Through my eyes: The world 50 years from now…
Speech Length: 3-5 minutes
Senior High Division - Open to students currently enrolled in Grade 10, 11 or 12
Topics: 1) How does the media influence public opinion?
2) Are rural communities important to Alberta’s future?
Speech Length: 5-7 minutes
- Contest is open to students who are currently enrolled in a BTPS school.
- Schools can nominate a maximum of 1 (one) candidate in each of the competition categories (A school level competition may be held to identify the candidates to be nominated).
- Speakers may not use visual aids or gimmicks. A gimmick is any device or stunt used to distract the audience, such as clothing, costumes, props, singing a song, using taped music in the background, or leading a cheer or chant. Gestures are acceptable and are defined as a subtle, physical action that is meant to highlight or support a verbal message. It should not distract the audience and at no time should there be audience participation.
- Speakers must write a new and original speech (defined as having done their own research, scripting and presenting) each year.
- Sources of information used in the speech must be acknowledged. For example, an article from a magazine may be used for reference but should not be quoted directly unless you tell the audience your source.
- The decision of the judges shall be final.
- Scholarship prizes shall be awarded in the following format:
- Elementary Division Gold Medal – $100.00 Silver Medal - $50.00
- Junior High Division Gold Medal – $200.00 Silver Medal - $75.00
- Senior High Division Gold Medal – $300.00 Silver Medal - $100.00
Once Again, the BTPS Board of Trustees will be sponsoring a luncheon for competitors, parents, teachers and judges following the event.