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Speech Events

Limited Preparation Speeches

Speakers get a limited time to prepare for a speech on a topic that is given to them at the speech event.

Platform Speeches

A prepared speech, written by the speaker with the purpose of informing, exposing, or persuading on a topic.

Interpretive Speeches

In all interpretive events, competitors write, or select and analyze literature, then bring it to life through the creative use of voice, movement, and facial expression, without the aid of costumes or props.

Wild Card Events

Wild Card events are new and unique speech events that are selected by Stoa members to provide new challenges for students in preparation and presentation. These events are included as official competitive events for two years.  Each year a new event is added, and a previous event is retired. 

For more detailed information about these events, go the Stoa National Website at