2019 Rising Voices Competition

The Rising Voices Oratory Competition is an opportunity for scholars to showcase their transformation

in the classroom with the the presentation of an original speech.


Each of the following grade levels receive 1st - 3rd Place Prizes:

Elementary (4th-5th), Middle School (6th-8th), High School (9th-12th)

  • 1st Place: Gold Medal + $200 + Plaque

  • 2nd Place: Silver medal + $100

  • 3rd Place: Bronze medal + $50

All participants receive certificates of completion.


Rising Voices Oratory Mandatory Orientation:

  • Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019

  • Where: South Shore PK-8, 4800 S Henderson St, Seattle, WA 98118

  • Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

    Rising Voices Oratory Competition:

  • Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019

  • Where: South Shore PK-8, 4800 S Henderson St, Seattle, WA 98118

  • Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm


Submit your application today!
Application due April 12, 2019

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By checking the box, you give your scholar permission to compete in the 2019 Rising Voices Oratory Competition. This includes giving permission for potential photographs, statements or video documentation of your child during the event to be used on the We.APP website or other media outlets and for submission to funding organizations as samples of We.APP in action. As well as, permission to update you via email once a month on We.APP's progress and curriculum development.
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1.     Only one (1) speech is to be presented, and it must not exceed three (3) minutes.

2.     Must be an original speech, written by the contestant.

3.     Speech cannot be presented as a dramatic/theater presentation.

4.     Costumes and props are not permitted.

5.     Speech must be typed, on cue cards or completely memorized.



  • Dress, skirt, dress shirt, slacks, school uniform, tie, suit, etc.

  • No sneakers or jeans.



  • Write Speech

  • Ask an adult to review speech (must have clear beginning, middle, and end).


  • Work on slowing down, making eye contact with audience, using body language, pausing between sentences and not fidgeting while talking. Most importantly, be confident and have fun.

  • Rehearse speech at least 2 times per day (in front of mirror, record, and for an adult or peer).

  • Get comfortable with your words. Articulate your words. Slow down.



  • Voice projection, and clarity of speech

  • Enunciation and Pronunciation

  • Tone of voice and speech

  • Speech structure, a clear beginning, middle and end

  • Eye contact with audience

  • Body language and stage presence

  • Creates an emotion in the listener

  • Leaves the listener with a powerful emotional sensation, message or image that reinforces the point

Students are ENCOURAGED to pick personal topics, but here are a few examples:


  • Acceptance: Race, gender, class, and/or culture

  • Black Lives Matter

  • Social Media

  • Peer Pressure

  • Finding Your Voice

  • White Privilege

  • Social Justice 

  • Trump

  • Youth Incarceration

  • Education

  • Loving the Skin I’m In (Self-love and acceptance)

  • Police Brutality

  • Bullying

  • When You Look At Me (addressing stereotypes)

  • What I Am Doing to Create Change

  • I Do Solemnly Swear (a message to people about your commitment to your community, schools and self.).

  • Suicide or Depression

  • Family

  • Equality or Eliminating Racism

  • The Truth

  • I am a Leader or The Leader in Me

  • Dear Parent Letter

  • Forgiveness Letter (apologizing to someone for something you’ve done and how you will improve in the future)

  • My Dream for the Future

  • Education is Important because…

  • Me Too Movement

  • Gender Bias

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Labels

Competition Rubric

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