The National Junior Grange Public Speaking Contest will be held during the National Grange Convention held every November. This contest will be open to all State Junior Grange Public Speaking winners and will be judged at National Session.  Winners will be announced at the Evening of Excellence and winners will give their speeches at the Junior Grange Breakfast on Saturday morning.

REQUIREMENTS: Age:  5 – 14 years of age

Participants must have achieved First Place in their State Junior Competition, or Best of Show at their Regional Competition. One participant from each age category may represent their state at National Convention. And the Best of Show winner may represent from their region.

Names, age, speech title, and State name must be turned in by November 1st to the National Junior Grange Director, Samantha Wilkins via email to juniors@nationalgrange.org

CATEGORIES: Impromptu – (only at Regional Conferences) The contestant will draw 2 topics from a mystery bag and select one of those topics to give their speech on. The contestant must meet a minimum of 1minute with no more than 3 minutes for their speech.

Short Story – The contestant may present a short story or poem of their choosing. The contestant must meet a minimum of 1 minute with no more than 3 minutes for their story.

Prepared – Deliver a prepared speech on one of the following topics:

  • The Junior Grange theme of that year
  • Any topic of their choice

The contestant must meet a minimum of 3 minutes with a maximum of 7 minutes for their prepared speech.

JUDGING CRITERIA: Time …………………………………………….………………….………………..10 points

Content ……………………………………….……………………….……………40 points

Voice Control……………………………….………………………….….………20 points

Body Language ………………………………………………………………….10 points

Eye Contact …………………………………………………………….…………10 points

Appearance ……………………………………………….………………………10 points

TOTAL POSSIBLE:………………………………………………………………100 Points

NATIONAL COMPETITION
WINNERS:
1st-3rd place winners in each age category will receive cash prizes.
A Best of Show winner will also be announced and given the opportunity to present their speech at the Junior Grange Breakfast.

*Note no funding will be provided to attend the National Grange Session*