Oral Interpretation – Students prepare no more than ten minutes of a prose selection and ten minutes of poetry that they perform in alternating rounds with a manuscript in hand.
Humorous Interpretation – Students memorize and perform a humorous selection from a play or literature without benefit of props or costume in ten minutes or less. Restricted movement is allowed.
Dramatic Interpretation – Students memorize and perform a serious selection from a play of literature without benefit of props or costume in ten minutes of less. Restricted movement is allowed.
Duet Acting – Students memorize and perform a cutting from a play or literature with two actors without benefit of props, setting, or costumes in twelve minutes or less. Movement is used.
Duo Reading – Students perform a cutting from a play or literature with two actors using a manuscript in ten minutes or less.
Duo Interp – Students perform a memorized cutting from a play or literature with two actors in ten minutes or less.
Original Oratory – Students write and memorize an original speech, persuasive in nature, with a ten-minute time limit.
Declamation – Students memorize an award winning or published speech written by another speaker and perform it as if it were their own speech. With an introduction, the piece should be no longer than 10 minutes. Only freshmen and sophomores can compete in declamation.
Extemporaneous Speaking – Students choose one of three possible topics and are then given thirty minutes to write an informative or persuasive speech no longer than seven minutes in length.
Impromptu Speaking - Based on the selection of one of three written statements, phrases, words, or objects, the contestant will prepare a speech that lasts at least 2 minutes. The contestant is given a total of 7 minutes to prepare and deliver the speech.
Policy Debate – Students must divide into teams of two and prepare to debate both sides of the year’s proposition that recommends a change in policy.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate – Individual students prepare to debate both sides of a proposition that deal with opposing values.
Student Congress – Students debate proposed bills in a “house” or “senate” setting using parliamentary procedure.
Public Forum – A team of two debaters must make persuasive and logical arguments on issues of current importance in a manner that is accessible to a wide variety of audiences.