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. At this annual culminating event,

contestants share their powerful, personal narratives in front of a panel of judges and over 200

community members. More than 100 young scholars across the Greater Seattle Area in elementary,

middle and high school will gather to voice their opinions on topics ranging from policy and health to

gender and climate change. All speeches are written and spoken in unapologetic vernacular, drawing

upon personal perspectives on life and what it takes to progress as a community and nation.


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.


Mandatory Speech Preparation Workshop:

  • Date: Saturday, April 20, 2018

  • Where: TBC

  • Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

    Rising Voices Oratory Competition:

  • Date: Saturday, May 18, 2018

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

  • Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm


Submit your application today!
Application due February, 15 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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