Theme: We Shall Overcome

Xi Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc Presents Inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Competition

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Thank you for your interest in the inaugural Xi Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Competition. This event will take place on February 15, 2021, at 7 p.m. This live, virtual event will be broadcast across all of Xi Phi Lambda’s social media platforms.

The contest guidelines and instructions are provided for your convenience.

I. Registration

Application can be found on the website, Deadline for submission of application is January 25, 2021

II. Requirements for Eligibility

A. Students must be enrolled in public or private school within Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester 2 & 4 District Middle Schools.

B. Students/contestants must be in middle school

C. The speech must show creativity and originality and pertain to the theme provided

D. ONE typewritten copy of each contestant’s speech must be submitted online to Xi Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The deadline to have typewritten copies of speeches submitted is January 25, 2021.

E. The Xi Phi Lambda Oratorical Committee will select the top 10 typewritten submissions that will be orally presented on February 15, 2021. Contestants will be notified of their participation in the virtual contest by February 1, 2021. If less than 10 contestants apply, all applicants will participate in the contest.

III. Topics for Speeches

Generally, all Contestants must adhere to the theme. Contestant must incorporate use of the exact words of the theme and/or emphasis; however, it is also permissible to additionally use a sub-topic that is closely related to the theme. A contestant will be disqualified if his/her speech is totally unrelated to the theme. The theme is “We Shall Overcome.”

IV. Time Limit

A. Each contestant should limit his or her speech to a minimum of three minutes (or fractions thereof) and to a maximum of five minutes. If a Contestant speaks fewer than three minutes or more than five minutes, he or she will be penalized by the judges. Ten points will be subtracted from the Contestant’s total score for each minute (or fraction thereof) he or she speaks under or over time.

B. Timekeeping Judges will time the presentations.

V. Judges

A. The contest will be judged by a group of three judges. A panel consisting of three persons will serve as Content Judges. The Content Judges will be responsible for rating the participants’ overall performance. A panel of a maximum of two persons will serve as Timekeeping Judges. The Timekeeping Judges will be responsible for the assessment of penalties and for timing the presentation.

B. The content judges will be persons professionally trained and/or knowledgeable in speech, oratory, composition, and the performing arts, and not members of the Xi Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Timekeepers may be members of the Chapter.

C. A panel of a maximum of two persons will serve as Statistician Judges. The Statistician Judges will tally the score sheets to determine the final ratings of the Contestants.

D. The maximum number of points a contestant can earn is 110. He or she cannot receive more than 10 points for each item on which the judge or rater evaluates him or her.

E. Each Contestant will be introduced according to number. The Contestants should not identify himself/herself nor give any indication of his/her school.

F. There will be no ties. In the event of a tie, the judges will make a final decision.

VI. Evaluations and Selection of Winners

A. Each Contestant will receive a participation award.

B. Three Contestants will be chosen as winners and will receive monetary awards. The first place winner will receive $300; the second place winner will receive $200; and, the third place winner will receive $100.

Interested In Entering The Competition?