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Oratory Judging Criteria

Criteria For Judging Contestants

Students must dress the part portraying the original speaker appropriately.

They must apply beforehand to be eligeble to enter the contest.

Jamir Gates

Vocal Delivery

  • Clarity of Speech: Degree to which words are clearly articulated and understood
  • Diction and Pronunciation: Degree to which words are properly pronounced
  • Consistent Volume Control: Degree to which contestant controls variation of pitch and audibility; projection
  • Fluidity of Speech: Appropriate use of pauses, punctuation, intonation, modulation of tone

Alex’Us Roberson

Emotional Delivery

  • Pathos: Degree of passion with which the speech is delivered
  • Emotion: Degree of emotional expression; variation of emotional expression
  • Element of Persuasion: Degree of conviction demonstrated in the delivery of the speech
  • Engagement of Audience: Degree to which speaker is able to maintain the audience’s interest

Marquan Sirls

Physical Delivery

  • Gestures, Poise and Posture: Appropriate use of hands, body, facial expressions; demeanor
  • Mobility: Appropriate use of space in delivery
  • Eye Contact: Degree to which visual connection with audience is maintained
  • Tempo: Appropriate rhythm is established and maintained

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