HUAC GWDC 1st Annual Oratorical Contest


This year’s theme, “Thank you, Howard!” encompasses the spirit of HBCUs, higher education, historical context and contributions of Howard University, as well as participants’ personal experiences.

Below are contest rules and guidelines. The contest closes Friday, October 12, 2018Email us for questions about the contest. Include “2018 Oratorical Contest” and name of sender in the subject line.

Rules & Guidelines

1. Participants should develop a speech that focuses on one or more of the following:

  • Scholastic achievement
  • Social justice, or
  • Community

Speeches should incorporate relevant historical and contemporary facts and data that support the claims of contributions from Howard.

2. Participants will be judged on the following criteria:


  • Speech addresses contest theme and remains on topic.
  • Speech is well developed and main points are clearly organized.
  • Speech adheres to Standard English grammar rules (e.g., pronunciation, sentence structure, etc.).
  • Speech is relevant in today’s environment.
  • Speech is original and informative.
  • Speech is well researched; main points are clear, well supported, and sources are documented.


  • Speech is 3-5 minutes in length.
  • Presenter holds the attention of the audience.
  • Presenter projects clearly, maintains good posture, and props (if present) are used effectively to enhance the presentation.
  • Presenter speaks clearly and distinctly.
  • Speech is presented within the allotted time.

3. Points and penalties.

Participants will lose points or be disqualified if they do not adhere to the time limit. The length of the speech may not be less than 3 minutes nor more than 5 minutes.

4. Qualification for participation.

Participation in the oratorical contest is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled at Howard University.

5. To enter the contest, applicants must:

Submit the Oratorical Contest Entry Form no later than Friday, October 12, 2018. The form must include the attached video of the performed speech. Please state your name at the beginning of the speech. Applicants must use a gmail account to submit the google docs form. Click the link below to access the form.

6. Selection of finalists.

Submission materials will be reviewed, and the speech performance will be scored based on the criteria listed above. Those selected to present in person will be notified to perform before a panel of judges on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

7. Prizes.

The contest prize amounts to be awarded are: $750 for 1st place; $500 for 2nd place; $250 for 3rd place.