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Individual Events

Interpretive Events

Prose Interpretation

An original or selections of prose material of literary merit, which may be drawn from more than one source. Focus of this event is on the development of the narrative/story. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time is 10 minutes including introduction.

Dramatic Duo

A cutting from one or more texts of literary merit  involving the portrayal of two or more characters presented by two individuals. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction.

Program Oral Interpretation

A program of thematically-linked selections of literary merit, chosen from two or three recognized genres of competitive interpretation. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction.

Drama Interpretation

A cutting that represents one or more characters from a play or plays of literary merit. The focus of this event is on the development of characterization. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

Poetry Interpretation

A selection or selections of poetry of literary merit, which may be drawn from more than one source. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

Limited Preparation

Impromptu Speaking

An impromptu speech with topics derived from quotations. Speakers will have a total of 7 minutes for both preparation and speaking. Limited notes are permitted.

Extemporaneous Speaking

Contestants will be given topics in the general area of current event and have 30 minutes to prepare a speech. Maximum time limit for the speech is 7 minutes. Limited notes are permitted.

Platform Speaking

Informative Speaking

An original, factual speech to fulfill the general aim to inform the audience. Maximum time is 10 minutes.

Persuasive Speaking

An original speech designed to inspire, reinforce, or change the beliefs, attitudes, values or actions of the audience. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

Communication Analysis

An original speech designed to offer an explanation and/or evaluation of a communication event such as a speech, speaker, movement, poem, poster, film, campaign, etc., through the use of rhetorical principles. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

After Dinner Speaking

An original, humorous speech designed to exhibit sound speech composition, thematic, coherence, direct communicative public speaking skills, and good taste. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.