NW HS Speech Meet—HOST SITE NEEDED
March 1, 2018
High School Speech Meets:
ACSI Speech Meets exist to encourage students to speak audibly, articulately, and expressively before an audience and to encourage students to develop their skills of communication to bring honor to the Lord. Though categories differ for each grade level, all students are judged against a judging form. The events for the High School level can run a full day.
Categories include: Devotional Homiletics, Interpretation of Children's Literature, Reader's Theatre, Individual Acting, Duet Acting, Impromptu, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Expository Speaking, Poetry, Bible Memorization, Patriotic Oration, Original Speech, Dramatic Reading, Humorous Reading, Puppets, Expository Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Bible Memorization and Application, and TV News Team.
$60—School Registration Fee
$10—Per Student Participation Fee
High School Speech Meet Handbooks & Resources
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