Marist School offers several different competitive speaking events that challenge our students to use their creativity and critical thinking skills to impress judges with different types of speaking.  

Original Oratory

Students deliver a self-written, ten-minute speech on a topic of their choosing. Limited in their ability to quote words directly, competitors craft an argument using evidence, logic, and emotional appeals. Topics range widely, and can be informative or persuasive in nature. The speech is delivered from memory.

Marist won the State Runner Up in Original Oratory in 2016 and was a State finalist in 2014 and 2015.

Dramatic/Humorous Interpretation

Using a play, short story, or other published work, students perform a selection of one or more portions of a piece up to ten minutes in length. With a spotlight on character development and depth, this event focuses on the student’s ability to convey emotion through the use of a dramatic or humorous text. Competitors may portray one or multiple characters. No props or costumes may be used. Performances can also include an introduction written by the student to contextualize the performance and state the title and the author.

Marist won a State Championship in both Humorous Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation in 2015.   In Humorous Interpretation, Marist won a State Runner Up title in 2016 and was a State Finalist in 2015.

Extemporaneous Speaking

Extemporaneous Speaking combines international and domestic issues (as opposed to two separate events like high school). Students are presented with a choice of three questions related to national and international current events. The student has 30 minutes to prepare a seven-minute speech answering the selected question. Students may consult articles and evidence they gather prior to the contest, but more not use the Internet during preparation. 

Marist has won State Championships in Extemporaneous Speaking in 1999, 2002, 2010, 2012, and 2016 and was State Runner Up in 2012, 2013, and 2015. 

Impromptu Speaking

Impromptu is a public speaking event where students have seven minutes to select a topic, brainstorm their ideas, outline and deliver a speech. The speech is given without notes and uses an introduction, body, and conclusion. The speech can be light-hearted or serious. It can be based upon prompts that range from nursery rhymes, current events, celebrities, organizations, and more.