Event Descriptions and Abbreviations

 

 

Event Descriptions and Abbreviations

Original Oratory (OO)
A persuasive speech that you write yourself and memorize. Maximum length is 10 minutes. You may only quote 150 words directly. The rest must be your original work.
Standard Oratory (SO)
A speech, editorial or essay written by someone else that you memorize and deliver. Maximum time is 10 minutes. This event is limited to grades nine and ten.
Humorous/Dramatic Interpretation (HI)/(DI)
These are separate events. While the usual cutting comes from a play, it is possible to cut a novel, as well. You will use different voices, facial expressions, gestures, and body positions to convey the conversation happening among the characters, or you may choose a monologue. You may use some movement. You do not use a chair. Maximum time is 10 minutes. You must memorize it.
Foreign Extemporaneous (FX)
You will draw five current-event topics, choose one, and then have 30 minutes to prepare a four to seven minute speech. FX topics are about U.S. foreign policy or the internal affairs of foreign countries.
Domestic Extemporaneous (DX)
The same format as FX, except the topics are about events in the United States.
Monologue (Mono)
You select two contrasting pieces, one humorous and one dramatic, in which only one character speaks. Maximum time is six minutes and it must be memorized. You are allowed to use one chair and to move about as the character would.
Prose
An interpretive event for grades nine and 10. You select a short story or cut a longer story to fit the eight-minute time limit. You keep the script in your hands (although you know it so well you only have to refer to it occasionally).
Poetry
An interpretive event for grades 11 and 12. You select a single poem or a program of poems on a theme. Maximum time is eight minutes. You keep the script in your hands (although you know it so well you rarely have to refer to it).
Humorous Duet/Dramatic Duet (HD)/(DD)
These are separate events. A duet implies that two people are involved, although (especially in humorous) these two people may play multiple parts. You are allowed two chairs and may move, jump, twirl, and twist to your heart’s (and coach’s) content. Time limit is 10 minutes. Once you “qualify,” you will not be able to change partners, so pick your partners carefully.
Team Debate
Two students from one school debate two students from another school on a topic selected by a national committee. You must be enrolled in class before you can begin competing in this event.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate (LD)
Two students from different schools present arguments on a topic selected by a national committee. You must be enrolled in class before you can begin competing in this event.