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Acting - A student acts out a monologue from a play, book, or other published material (can be serious or humorous). Only a single chair may be used.
Length: up to 8 minutes MEMORIZED


Poetry/Prose - A student interprets and speaks works of either poetry or prose. Interpretation and expression are essential.
Length: up to 6 minutes WITH SCRIPT


After Dinner Speaking - A student writes and delivers a humorous speech intended for a particular audience.
Length: up to 5 minutes MEMORIZED (may have up to 50 words on a notecard)


Improvisational Acting - A student draws 3 characters and 2 situations, and they must include 2 characters and one situation from those drawn with limited preparation.
Length: up to 5 minutes NO SCRIPT


Radio News Broadcasting - A student is given current news materials and 30 minutes to prepare a radio program. When presenting, the student will be given a “News Flash” that they must also incorporate into their program. The broadcast should cover most news including a commercial and a news flash. A speaker system is used with the audience and judge located in another room.
Length: between 4-5 minutes WITH SCRIPT


Spontaneous Speaking - A student prepares a short speech about a contemporary issue topic to speak about with 3 minutes of preparation (such as the War in Iraq, padlocks on lockers, etc.). You draw 3 topics and choose 1 to speak about. Research is important in this category.
Length: up to 5 minutes MUST RESEARCH A VARIETY OF TOPICS AHEAD OF TIME


Original Oratory - An original speech written by a student that delivers a persuasive or argumentative side about a topic of interest. (Organ donation, cancer, cutting funding of arts programs in schools, etc.)
Length: up to 8 minutes MEMORIZED (may have a notecard with up to 50 words) 

Review - A student writes and delivers a critical analysis of a book, movie, video game, or any other media.
Length: up to 8 minutes MEMORIZED (may have a notecard with up to 50 words) 

Storytelling - A student tells a short story while sitting on a stool. The story may be a children's story or have an adult content. Facial and body expression are important. 
Length: up to 5 minutes MEMORIZED

Literary Program - A combination between poetry and prose presented with a common theme.  Facial and vocal expression are key.
Length: up to 10 minutes WITH SCRIPT

Public Address - A speaker gives another person's' speech. Such as the "Gettysburg Address" by Abraham Lincoln, however the Address is too short to be given at contest.
Length: up to 8 minutes MEMORIZED (may have a notecard with up to 50 words)


Expository - A student gives a "how-to" speech; a speech that explains how something works; an explanatory speech.
Length: up to 6 minutes MEMORIZED (may have a notecard with up to 50 words)


Solo Musical Theater - A student performs one song from a musical using recorded music. No costumes or scenery; only a single chair may be used.  
Length: up to 5 minutes MEMORIZED

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