District 7120 Oratorical Contest
Rotary Oratorical Contest on Ethics
Sponsored jointly by District Rotary 7120 and local area College Presidents

Here are the 2017 Winners and Finalists

Click the Links to View the Winning Speeches.


Other Finalists

Not too late to start planning for next year.
Important Dates:
  • Entry date is TBA for the first elimination if a club has more that two candidates.
  • Semi final dates are TBA
  • Final contest is TBA
Locations are still being determined. (Check back on the website for updates.)
The event is open to all.  Those looking for coaching tips are especially encouraged to attend the event.
The contest explanation and application can be downloaded from the links in the Files box on the left hand side of this page. The MS Word version is interactive and you can type on this one.
View the Speeches of the previous finalists by clicking the links in the left hand side of this page
Any questions, please contact Contest Chair, Don Collins, at Collinsdonf@gmail.com
Club Options for Participation (See also: Oratorical Blueprint and Mentor Tips in left menu bar under Files)
  • Sponsor one or more candidates (two per school in Club's service area)
  • Contribute toward prize money and/or contest expenses
  • Co-sponsor a candidate and share responsibilities
  • Provide a judge
  • Invite winner(s) to speak at a club meeting
  • Arrange to have previous year's winner(s) speak at high school assembly of non-participating school as inducement for future participation
Club Responsibilities:
Club responsibilities fall into two areas, ORGANIZATION and SUPPORT. Specific tasks in those areas include:
  • Establish a working relationship with local school district(s) regarding potential speakers, use of facility, internal and external publicity and recognition
  • Establish relationship with Rotary Clubs in the area regarding calendar, location of semi-final contests, judges, prizes and publicity
  • Maintain communication with District Level Committee
  • If sponsored student wins, provide transportation to District Assembly
  • Sign Application and Sponsorship form and submit to Don Collins with the $85 fee
  • Provide mentor/coach for each candidate who will:
    • Provide objective feedback for candidate's efforts
    • Ensure that candidate and his/her family know and understand expectations and responsibilities of participation
    • Ensure that transportation is provided for student to competitions and to District Assembly if the Club's entrant wins the final contest
    • Accompany students to competitions