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Public Speaking Competition

Critical Thinking
Raise Awareness

Our Public Speaking Competition is an annual event which aims to foster creativity and critical thinking.
Participation in the Public Speaking Competition is open to any MIST Secondary School student (years 7 -13) who will perform in front of an audience of their peers and a few select judges.

Students perform an original, memorized speech of up to 8 minutes in length with a 30 second grace period. The recommended minimum time is 3 minutes.

The aim is to address a problem, raise awareness of an issue, or rally support for action. Students should educate the audience on their topic, as well as convince them with a call to action. All topics are welcome and creativity is highly encouraged.
While the speech can be about anything, it is highly advised that it be about a problem or issue the audience can connect to (or be made to connect to). Topic choice can range from political, environmental, social, and existential issues to seemingly mundane or everyday issues or topics that mean a lot to the individual student.

The speaker is required to provide solutions to the problem they introduce.