Requirements:

  1. The student must be a current traditional or Evening student at the West Point Campus.
  2. Students must have previously been enrolled in COM 205 and passed successfully or are enrolled currently in COM 205 and are passing with at least a “B” average. No exceptions.
  3. Students must present using an extemporaneous delivery, no manuscripts. Outlines are permissible. Note cards must contain brief notes, no large amounts of information.
  4. An outline of the speech must be submitted no later than two weeks before the speech.
  5. Students must turn in a detailed outline of (roughly 1-2 pages) with their entry form. Extreme deviation from the submitted outline (i.e. change of topic or change of most of main points) will be grounds for disqualification.
  6. Students must cite all outside material orally in the speech.
  7. Speech should be organized using the following format:
    1. Introduction (approximately 1 minute)
      1. Attention getter
      2. Topic statement
      3. Preview of Main points
    2. Body of speech (approximately 4-6 minutes
      1. 2-3 main points
    3. Conclusion (approximately 30 seconds-1 min.)
      1. Review of Main points
      2. Concluding statement
  8. Students must be on time for the speech contest. They should arrive no later than 15 minutes before the start time. If the student is not in place at the start time, he or she can be eliminated from the competition at the discretion of the judges.
  9. The student may use a visual aid such as a Power Point, video, or objects, but it is not required. Videos must be less than 30 seconds and must be approved by the judges by submitting no later than one week before the speech. All Power Points must be sent to Kristen Berry.
  10. Contestants must give permission to be video recorded.
  11. Students may withdraw from the contest due to extreme circumstances (illness, death in the family, etc.) Notice must be given as soon as possible.

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