Beginners (ages 4-8): Interpretation or Recitation

Beginners only give their speech once - during Debate Round 1
Beginners can recite anything they choose (e.g. a poem or Bible passage) or, if they prefer, they may do a piece in the interpretive style. If they choose to do an interpretive speech, the basic rules of open or humorous interpretive speeches should be followed with the exceptions listed below. (Please see complete event rules at NCFCA or on the Quo Vadis homepage.) However, the competitor does not need to worry about into which specific interpretive category his speech falls and these interpretives will be considered “open.” For either type of speech for this age group:


  • There will be no penalty for use of a script, but it is highly discouraged.

  • No script submissions are needed.

  • There will be a maximum time limit of 5 minutes.

  • There will be no minimum time limit.

  • Participants MAY use a simple prop if they wish.

  • We will choose our judges with care to provide an encouraging experience for beginners.

  • Beginners will not be placed #1, 2, and 3 but will be given individual comments and ballots.

  • Beginners will give their speech once on Saturday morning and can enter one event.

  • You can choose for your child to give their speech in front of the judge and a potential audience OR only in front of a judge and you. This is done as you register your child.

Juniors (ages 9-12):

Follow the NCFCA rules for these events with the listed exceptions. (Please see complete event rules at NCFCA or on the Quo Vadis homepage.)


  • There will be no penalty for use of a script, but it is highly discouraged.

  • No script submissions are needed.

  • Juniors give their speeches twice on Saturday and can enter up to 2 events.


Illustrated Oratory (JR IO)- up to 5 minutes and no restrictions on the visual aids.
“Open” Interpretive (JR INTERP)– While the rules to open or humorous interpretive should be followed, the competitor does not need to worry about into which specific interpretive category his speech falls. Maximum- 7 minutes (recommended at least 2 minutes)
Duo Interpretive (JR DUO)- up to 7 minutes (recommended at least 2 minutes)

Speech Events for ages 13 & up (Please see complete event rules at NCFCA or on the Quo Vadis homepage.)

Illustrated Oratory- (IO)
Open Interpretive- (OI)
Duo Interpretive- (DI)
Original Interpretive-(OI)
Biographical Narrative-(BN)
Informative
Persuasive
Apologetics (Categories 4 and 5)
Impromptu

  • There will be no penalty for use of a script, but it is highly discouraged.
  • No script submissions are needed.
  • Competitors may enter up to 3 speech events