2022 — NSDA Campus, WA/US
We follow NSDA rules and guideline. Some are quoted below.
Purpose: The general purpose of the speech is to persuade. Any other purpose such as to inform or entertain shall be secondary.
Contest: This contest comprises only memorized orations actually composed by the contestants and not used by them during a previous contest season. No visual aids are permitted.
Subject: Any appropriate subject may be used, but the orator must be truthful. Any non-factual reference, especially a personal one, must be so identified.
Length: The time limit in Original Oratory is ten minutes with a 30-second “grace period.” Should a student go beyond the grace period, the student may not be ranked 1st. No minimum time is mandated.
Quotation: Not more than 150 words of the oration may be direct quotation from any other speech or writing.