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September School Year Begins & World Teachers Day

Topic: Select one of your most influential teachers or educators. Why did they make such an impact on you? (You can select a classroom teacher or someone else who has helped in your education. Examples: teacher, friend, family member, parent, coach, author, someone from history). Completely up to you!

Oratory Division - 1 - 5 minutes speech

Speechwriting Division - 200 (minimum)-500 (maximum) word count

Submissions: Due September 30th

October Oratorical Tournament: Celebrating The International Day of Non-Violence and Brithday of Mahatma Gandhi (October 2nd)

Topic: Select a past or present advocate for peace. An "advocate" can be a single person or organization. How did they make the world a better place? What can we learn from them today? (Examples - Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr ., Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Doctors without Borders, Amnesty International, the United Nations, etc). For additional help, click here for individuals and organizations who has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Oratory Division - 1 - 5 minutes speech

Speechwriting Division - 100 (minimum)-500 (maximum) word count

Submissions: Due October 31st

November World Children's Day Oratorical Tournament 

Topic: Select one or more rights of a child from the United Nations' Declaration of Rights of a Child. Which right/s did you select?  Why did you select? Describe the past, present, and future importance of the right/s you selected. Would you change or add any additional rights of a child? Anything else about rights of children?

Oratory Division - 1 - 5 minutes speech

Speechwriting Division - 200 (minimum)-500 (maximum) word count

Submissions: Due November 30th

December Human Rights Day Oratorical Tournament

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Topic: Select one of the rights stated by the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.  Which right did you select? Why? Describe the past, present and future importance of that right. Anything else about that right?

Oratory Division - 1 - 5 minutes speech

Speechwriting Division - 200 (minimum)-500 (maximum) word count

Submissions: Due December 31st

January Martin Luther King Jr. Day Oratorical Tournament

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Topic:​ What does Martin Luther King Jr. mean to you?

Oratory Division - 1 - 5 minutes speech.

Speechwriting Division - 200 (minimum)-500 (maximum) word count

Submissions: Due January 31st

February STEM Oratorical Tournament: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (February 11th)

Topic: Select a problem in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.  What is the problem? What is the significance of this problem? What are the harms of this problem? Is anything being done about the problem? What would be your solution to this problem?

Oratory Division - 1 - 5 minutes speech

Speechwriting Division - 200 (minimum)-500 (maximum) word count

Submissions: Due February 28th

March Women's History Month Oratorical Tournament

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This month you have your choice between an issue or a person relating to International Women's Day:

Topic #1 - Select an issue that face women presently or in the past. Why did you select that issue? Why is it important? What is being done about it? What would you do about it?

 

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Topic #2 - Select a woman of the present or past who has made a difference on you or society. Why did you select this person? Why is she important? What did she do?  What can we learn from her?

Oratory Division - 1 - 5 minutes speech 

Speechwriting Division - 200 (minimum)-500 (maximum) word count

Submissions: Due March 31st

April Earth Day Oratorical Tournament

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Topic: What does Earth Day Means to You?

Oratory Division - 1 - 5 minutes speech

Speechwriting Division - 200 (minimum)-500 (maximum) word count

Submissions: Due April 30th

 May Law Day and the Right To Vote Oratorical Tournament

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Topic: What does the right to vote mean to you? You can specifically address the 19th Amendment (the right of women to vote) and its Centennial in the United States and/or how some nations still do not provide voting rights to women. You can address any topics relating to voting: the history of the right to vote, individuals denied the right to vote, what the right to vote means to you, historical groups and individuals who won the right to vote, or what would you do with your right to vote (ie what laws would you pass?). Finally, you can address problems in voting ie does your vote count, obstacles to voting, voter turn out, gerrymandering, requirements of voting and other problems of voting. 

Oratory Division - 1 - 5 minutes speech

Speechwriting Division - 200 (minimum)-500 (maximum) word count

Submissions: Due May 31st

June World Refugee Day Oratorical Tournament

Topic: How should the world address the Refugee crisis?

Materials:  The Theme is selected annually by the American Bar Association. Click here to learn more.

Oratory Division - 1 - 5 minutes speech

Speechwriting Division - 200 (minimum)-500 (maximum) word count

Submissions: Due June 30th

July Oratorical Tournament: Nelson Mandela International Day (July 18th)

Topic: Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact. Select any problem in the world. What would be your solution? And/or what are you doing about that problem now?

Oratory Division - 1 - 5 minutes speech

Speechwriting Division - 200 (minimum)-500 (maximum) word count

Submissions: Due July 31st

August International Youth Day Oratorical Tournament

Topic: Select any present or past youth advocate (and can be yourself!). Describe their life. What did they do to make the world a better place? How did they impact you or others?  Your choice should be under the age of 18.

Oratory Division - 1 - 5 minutes speech

Speechwriting Division - 200 (minimum)-500 (maximum) word count

Submissions: Due August 31st

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