2024 Yamboree Public Speaking Contest

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2024 Yamboree Public Speaking Contest
Chairperson- Andrea Shafer
shafera@ugisd.org

YAMBOREE PREPARED PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST RULES

October 15, 2024

Gilmer High School

Entries DUE BY October 1, 2024

Entry Fee: $15.00

1. Entry Fee: Entries must be made on an official Prepared Public Speaking Entry form and signed by the AST/CEA overseeing the contestant and his/her speech.

2. Eligible Entries: Speeches must be the work of eligible exhibitors – limited to Texas FFA and 4-H members in Upshur County. Speeches must directly relate to a current agriculture issue. Only one speech will be accepted per contestant. 9th grade competitors are eligible to compete in the senior division if they desire. Contest participants should wear FFA Official Dress or business attire. 

3. Junior Speech Rules: (Grades 3rd – 6th)

a. The junior division speeches must be between 3 – 6 minutes.

b. The contest will be comprised of speech delivery and a 3 minute question period.

c. The written speech must reflect the original work of the contestant.

d. Speeches must relate to a current agriculture topic.

4. Intermediate Speech Rules: (Grades 7th – 9th)

a. The intermediate division speeches must be between 5 – 7 minutes.

b. The contest will be comprised of speech delivery and a 5 minute question period.

c. The written speech must reflect the original work of the contestant.

d. Speeches must relate to a current agriculture topic.

e. There will be no speech topic divisions for the senior contest
5. Senior Speech Rules: (Grades 10th – 12th)

a. The senior division speeches must be between 6 – 8 minutes.

b. The contest will be comprised of speech delivery and a 5-minute question period.

c. The written speech must reflect the original work of the contestant.

d. Speeches must relate to a current agriculture topic.

e. There will be no speech topic divisions for the senior contest.

6. Judging: Contestants will be judged and scored using the Prepared Public Speaking Rubric attached below. Score sheets will be given back to the contestants at the conclusion of the contest.

7. Awards: Contest placings will be announced at the conclusion of senior finals (if needed). The Champion and Reserve Champion of all divisions will be recognized and receive awards.

8.) Each contestant will need to submit a statement of originality sheet at the time of entry and provide a copy of their manuscript on the day of the contest.