Informative Speaking- Ms. Barre
The purpose of informative speaking is to stimulate an active interest in current affairs at the state, national and
international levels, and to teach the student to present extemporaneously in a clear and impartial manner the
facts about a subject as they appear in the best available sources of information. This contest is an exercise in clear
thinking and informing the public on the issues and concerns of the American people. The objective is to present
information in an interesting way, and an attempt should not be made to change the listener’s mind beyond
presenting the information.
Persuasive Speaking- Ms. Barre
This contest trains students to analyze a current issue, determine a point of view, and organize and deliver a
speech that seeks to persuade listeners. The objective is to reinforce the views of listeners who already believe as
the speaker does, but even more so, to bring those of neutral or opposing views around to the speaker’s beliefs or
proposed course of action. This contest should especially appeal to those who have a strong argumentative urge
and who wish to advocate reforms or outline solutions to current problems.
Poetry Interpretation- Mr. Beaird
The purpose of this contest is to encourage the student to understand, experience and share poetry through the
art of oral interpretation. The goals of this contest are to encourage the contestant’s exploration of a variety of
literary selections, and to enhance the performer’s and audience’s appreciation of literature through the
performer’s interpretation of the work
Prose Interpretation- Mr. Beaird
This contest encourages the student to understand, experience and share prose works through the art of oral
interpretation. It encourages the contestant’s exploration of a variety of literary selections and enhances the
performer’s and audience’s appreciation of literature through the performer’s interpretation of the work.