Congratulations to the members of the 2017-2018 Speech Team!! There will be an all-team meeting on Tuesday, September 26 at 3:05 p.m. in Mrs. Stout's room, 115. See Mrs. Stout if you can't attend.
What is Speech Team?
Speech Team is a competitive activity in which students compete in 14 very unique events, ranging from impromptu speaking to acting to news casting to verse and prose reading. Students are judged against their competitors at tournaments, competing for a chance to compete in the final round of the tournament and boost the team score of WCHS, while winning trophies and medals for themselves.
Speech tournaments, of which there are generally 8-10 (attended by the Panther Speechies) each year, take place on Saturdays and usually last eight to twelve hours. Students are usually judged in rounds of five to eight competitors. There are generally two preliminary rounds of competition, and the top-ranking competitors in each event advance to the final round. While there can be anywhere from thirty to sixty students entered in each single event at a tournament, only six or seven usually make finals, and these finalists take home awards.
DESCRIPTIONS OF EACH EVENT
Dramatic Duet Acting (DDA) - Two students perform a memorized interpretation of a published dramatic work for two performers around 8 minutes long. Performers are allowed to utilize a table and two chairs in their performance (to sit on, kneel on, etc).
Dramatic Interpretation (DI) - One performer performs a memorized interpretation of a dramatic work, lasting around 8 minutes. Usually a piece has two or more characters in it, all portrayed by the same performer, using different stances, body language, vocal tones, etc.
Extemporaneous Speaking (ES, EX, EXTEMP) - Performers are given a topic, and have 45 minutes to browse materials (magazines, newspapers, etc) that they bring with them to the tournament for information to use in a speech related to the topic. The speech is to be around 6 minutes long, and must use citations and direct quotes from the sources that they utilized in their research.
Humorous Duet Acting (HDA) - Two students perform a memorized interpretation of a published humorous work for two performers around 8 minutes long. Performers are allowed to utilize a table and two chairs in their performance (to sit on, kneel on, etc).
Humorous Interpretation (HI) - One performer performs a memorized interpretation of a humorous work, lasting around 8 minutes. Usually a piece has two or more characters in it, all portrayed by the same performer, using different stances, body language, vocal tones, etc.
Impromptu Speaking (IS, IMP) - Students are given a topic, and have eight minutes to prepare and present a speech on the topic they are given. Topics may be quotes, concepts, etc. Students are given two minutes to prepare, six to present.
Informative Speaking (INFO) – Students select an informative topic and write a researched speech exploring the different point and aspects of that topic. The tone of the speech may be serious or entertaining, depending on the topic. Length should be anywhere from six to eight minutes.
Oratorical Declamation (OD) - Performers memorize and perform an interpretation of a speech given by another person. The speech is memorized, but is not original, as in Original Oratory. Possible works for this event would be the Gettysburg Address, Kennedy's Inauguration Speech, or any other work (whether it was given by a 'famous' person or not).
Original Comedy (OC) - Performers write and perform their own humorous script. The topic can be anything, though it should portray something of a story (an involved plot is usually not present, but there should be some logical event progression). Performances should be about eight minutes long.
Original Oratory (OO) - Students select a topic and write a speech exploring the different points and aspects of that topic. Original Oratories are serious speeches written by the performer before the tournament on any topic of his or her choice. Length should be around eight minutes.
Poetry Reading (POET) - Students find a poem and read it to the audience out of a book, using vocal inflection to express emotion and clarify the piece. Memorization is not necessary in this event; however, practice is necessary to eliminate stumbles and gain a greater understanding of the piece.
Prose Reading (PR) - Students find a short piece of literature and read it to the audience out of a book, using vocal inflection to express emotion and clarify the piece. Memorization is not necessary in this event; however, practice is necessary to eliminate stumbles and gain a greater understanding of the piece.
Radio Speaking (RS) - Performers are given a packet of news stories, and must construct and practice a five minute newscast from it in 45 minutes, containing world, national, local and sports news, along with weather and a commercial. Memorization is not necessary - the emphasis is on clear enunciation and easy understanding of the news material, much as a TV or Radio newscaster aims for. Sometimes scripts are prepared at home.
Special Occasion Speaking (SOS) - A speech is composed at home by the student that covers a certain topic. However, Special Occasion Speeches are generally about lighter subjects than Original Oratories; they are generally entertaining speeches that might be given at company dinners as opposed to speeches meant to persuade or inform an audience of a serious problem or major idea.
How Do I Get Involved?
Auditions for the speech team will be held in September, dates TBA. Students will come to auditions with some kind of prepared piece (read a short story or poem; recite a speech, etc.). Students can indicate what events they are interested in, but the final decision lies with Mrs. Stout, Mrs. Craig, and Mrs. Noe.
If selected for the team, you will begin attending coaching session with Mrs. Stout, Mrs. Craig, and/or Mrs. Noe. These sessions are typically 30 minutes each, once a week. These sessions will be scheduled based on the schedule of the speech team member and the coach. Each student will have at least one event; some will be “double entered” in two.
Our competitive season begins in November. Typically, we attend 2 contests in November; two in December; three in January; and three in February. Speech contests are typically on Saturdays. The days are long – we leave WCHS around 6:30 a.m. and get back about twelve hours later. However, this activity is both rewarding and fun for students.
Head Coach – Lisa Stout (firstname.lastname@example.org)