Speech Contest Information 2018-2019
District is divided into three zones:
Northern- Lloyd Horadan
Western- Heather Kellen
Eastern- Rafe Semmes
- Clubs may send up to two winners to the zone contest. If the club winner(s) is unable to attend their assigned Zone contest due to a valid reason (school function, family emergency etc.) contact the District Chair as soon as possible. A winner may attend another Zone contest with approval from the District Chair. Clubs will need to hold their contests by mid-March to first of April due to the Zone level contest dates. (See #6 below)
- There is a $100.00 entry fee for EACH club contestant sent to the zone contest. For example, if the 1st and 2nd place contestants compete at zone the fee would be $200.00. Please make the checks out to District 6920, for the appropriate amount, and mail to: Jan Horadan, 111 Avant Ave NW, Milledgeville, Ga 31061.
- All high school students, including home schooled, are eligible to participate. Any student who has won at the club or zone level previously is eligible to compete again as long as they remain a high school student.
- The theme this year is “Be the Inspiration”. Contestants may also use the “4-way test”.
- Zone level contests are tentatively scheduled for March 30, April 6 and April 13, 2019.
- District Conference will be May 3-5, 2018 at Jekyll Island. The winner from each zone MUST present their speech at District Conference to receive the scholarship money. There are no exceptions to this rule!
- Speech contest guidelines and forms are posted on the website.
On the top of the page click on District Activities.
Drop down boxes appear and click on Speech Contest
That link should bring you to all the information you should need. It includes the guidelines, contact information for the District Chair and Zone Coordinators, the zone each club is assigned to, the Judges form and Club contest finalist form (needs to be sent to the appropriate zone coordinator and District Chair).
This page will also list the dates and venues for the zone level contests once they have been determined.
Please feel free to call the District Chair or Zone Coordinators for any questions.
District Chair: Jan Horadan 478-804-3192 firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Zone: Lloyd Horadan 478-232-0942 email@example.com
Western Zone: Heather Kellen 478-244-1714 Hakellen@gmail.com
Eastern Zone: Rafe Semmes 912-234-5052 ext 115/912-312-1542 firstname.lastname@example.org
Preston Johnson Rotary District 6920
Annual High School Speech Contest
Initiated in 1997 by Dublin Rotarian and Past District Governor, Preston Johnson, the Preston Johnson Rotary District 6920 Annual High School Speech Contest is a special project engaging Rotarians, educators, and students in a meaningful and rewarding opportunity for personal development of our nation’s future leaders. Originally named the 4- Way Test Speech Contest, the contest evolved over the years to focus on the current International President’s Annual Theme or the 4-Way Test. No matter which theme is used the basic premise remains: the speech contest requires students to research and learn about Rotary in preparing a short speech; in doing so, the students, as well as all audience members, receive an invaluable review of the great service which is Rotary.
In January this year, the local high school speech competition takes place; Club Presidents & Speech Contest Chairs notify school administrators and educators at local area high schools. These individuals should be informed of the Rotary High School Speech Contest and a Scholarship each of the three Zone winners will receive after their speech presentation at District conference. All high school students may compete, freshman through senior. A student having placed or won the club or zone contest in past years as an underclassman may still compete as long as they remain a high school student.
Each year the contest theme is based on Rotary International President’s theme or they may choose instead the “Rotary 4-Way Test”. Speeches are limited to 3-4 minutes with points deducted by the judges for less than 3 minutes or more than 4 minutes. At each club contest, three students will be selected as the first place, second place, and third place winners.
This year up to two finalists from each Rotary club are allowed to compete at the Zone Contest to be held in February and early March. The three first-place finalists from the Northern, Eastern, and Western Zones will present their speeches at District Conference, with no competition, and must be present to win. Unfortunately, the District Budget will not support the three $1,000.00 scholarships this year due to the state of the economy. However, we can continue to give the three $1,000.00 scholarships if each club will agree to pay a $100.00 Zone Entry Fee for each finalist (maximum of two) attending the Zone competition. Please see the Speech Contest Guidelines for more information.