Public Speaking Contest
Next Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest in 2013!
Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest
Commemorating the Life and Legacy of America's 26th President
Held every two years
Open to all High School students (grades 9-12)
in Western New York.
Focus on Theodore Roosevelt's presidency, and his impact on Americans today.
Five (5) minute time limitation for speeches
Judging based on originality, accuracy and presentation
For the Resource Material Guide, click here.
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
641 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202
Sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
THEODORE ROOSEVELT PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST
The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site is pleased to announce the return of an exciting project for high school students - the Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest. This biennial event has previously been held in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011 for area students. Students are challenged to develop, organize and communicate ideas relating to the life and career of President Theodore Roosevelt using critical thinking, independent research and proper speech.
The contest offers the following incentives:
The Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest is sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site to encourage students in the development of public speaking skills. These include developing, organizing and communicating ideas, critical thinking, independent research; proper speech; and an understanding of the interrelationship of various disciplines. Public speaking skills enable students to expand academic potential, promote scholarship, and build confidence, self-reliance, social awareness and leadership ability, which will help them to achieve success in the business and professional world.
The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site was created by an act of Congress on November 2, 1966. Opened to the public in 1971, the Site is an historic house museum commemorating the September 14, 1901 inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt as twenty-sixth President of the United States in the home of Ansley Wilcox. The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site offers educational programs for grades pre-K through twelve.
SELECTION AND PREPARATION OF CONTESTANTS
Students in all public, private, parochial and charter schools in Western new York are eligible to participate, as well as home-schooled students residing within the region. Each participating high school or home-school association may select one or two contestants by whatever method school administration considers most appropriate. Since preparation is the key to success, schools are urged to make their selection and commence coaching and preparation as soon as possible.
Unless the TR Inaugural Site is notified by the school principal of a formal selection process to select contestants, registration will be taken by the TR Site on a first-come, first-served basis.
Schools are also encouraged to have their participating students present their speeches in school assemblies and classes so that the knowledge and themes they have researched and developed will be shared with a broad group of students.
ENTERING THE CONTEST
Every high school is encouraged to be represented in the contest. Please submit an entry form which includes the name of both the contestant and the coach. To receive an entry form, please click here or call the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site at 716-884-0095. Submit forms to:
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
641 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
DATE AND TIME OF CONTEST
All registrations must be received by the TR Inaugural Site by February 23, 2013
April 23-24, 2013
April 28, 2013
Schools will be assigned a specific session for the semi-finals. Coaches and contestants will receive the date and time for their particular schools.
The semi-finals and finals will be held in Buffalo, NY at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY.
RULES AND GUIDELINES
At the time of Theodore Roosevelt's presidency, the nation was undergoing great changes, and as a result faced numerous challenges, including
Speakers are to discuss Theodore Roosevelt's era, his beliefs, or his presidential record in regard to one or more of these issues, and address how this relates to the nation today, or to their own lives or beliefs.
The finalists and winners will be selected by a panel of judges composed of educators, community leaders and representatives of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.
Criteria will be weighted in the following order of importance: accuracy of facts, demonstrated mastery of topic, effective communication of ideas, proper use of voice and articulation, and originality.
ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE
The Resource Material Package is specifically designed to assist contestants in their preparation. It includes a study guide, bibliography and other pertinent materials on Theodore Roosevelt. To receive a copy of the Resource Material Package, please click below, or call the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site at 884-0095.
If you have any questions regarding the contest, please call Mark Lozo, Education Director, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site at 716-884-0095.
Did You Know?
Theodore Roosevelt had spent time ranching in North Dakota. He would later say "I never would have been president had it not been for my experiences in North Dakota." More...