In this event, competitors have written original pieces.
Original Oratory: Many orations deal with a current problem and propose a solution, the judge is expressly reminded that this is not the only acceptable form of oratory. The oration may simply alert the audience to a threatening danger, strengthen its devotion to an accepted cause, or eulogize a person. The orator should be given free choice of subject and judged solely on the effectiveness of its development and presentation. The composition should be considered carefully for its rhetoric and diction. The use of appropriate figures of speech, similes and metaphors, balanced sentences, allusions, and other rhetorical devices to make the oration more effective should be noted especially. Delivery should be judged for mastery of the usual mechanics of speech -- poise, quality and use of voice, bodily expressiveness, and for the qualities of directness and sincerity which impress the oration upon the minds of the audience.
Informative Speaking: In this event, competitors have prepared a presentation with the goal to inform and educate the audience on a topic of significance. Students may or may not employ the use of visual aids in the performance. Visual aids can be PowerPoints, presentation/poster boards, or props (School appropriate: no guns, controlled substances, etc). Nearly anything that helps assist in the audience’s understanding of their topic.