LIMITED PREPARATION

Extemporaneous

The competitor answers a given question based on recent events in the news. The competitor researches national and international current events and may create reference files of newsworthy information. Extemporaneous speech should be regarded as a demonstration of personal knowledge on the topic, as well as an original synthesis of numerous sources (Stoa website).

Examples of Expemporaneous Speeches

NITOC 2014 – Extemp Finals – Graham Stacy  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFol_e-7Lxg

Abigail Ford Stoa Winning Extemporaneous Speech 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnZ6Fw0Pb2E

Extemporaneous Justin Holiman Courageous Speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MdgYS56GRY

 

Apologetics

In Apologetics, the competitor is given four (4) minutes to prepare a persuasive and reasoned speech that defends a tenet of the Christian faith and explains why that principle matters (Stoa website).

Examples of Apologetics Speeches

Stoa NITOC 2012 4th Place Apologetics Speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftNXZcNvtFs

Scott Lowery – Apologetics Semifinals – NITOC 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG5NBPaclPA

Apologetics National Champion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYuFkAkKuag&list=PLrCnM3lr1AmiRL3xZK-pKEACmVfGr9QW5

 

Mars Hill Impromptu

In Mars Hill Impromptu, the competitor uses books, movies, and other genre to discuss the appeal and impact of the theme(s) within the topic, holding them up in light of Christian truth found in the Bible. This event is intended for competitors 14 and older or with the consent of the parents due to mature themes in some topics (Stoa website).

Examples of Mars Hill Impromptu Speeches

Sophie Klomparens NITOC Mars Hill Finals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWUPYuKwt-E&t=14s

Maggie Topper – Mars Hill Final – Veni Vidi Vici https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyUQsrGmhqs&t=74s

 

PLATFORM SPEECHES

Expository

An Expository is a prepared speech written by the competitor which explains and illustrates a topic through both words and visuals (e.g. illustrated boards, physical props, digital and electronic presentations, or any combination). (Stoa website)

Examples of Expository Speeches

Stoa NITOC 1st Place Expository 2011: Lydia’s Expos on Hunting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_mNqxlsiD0

Tiana Vlaovich, Expos Speech: Health of the Gut – Stoa NITOC semifinals 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiNUUtMZ9kQ

2015 Cereal Expository – Elizabeth Busler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYs1lwT7-sU

 

Original Oratory

An Original Oratory is a prepared speech, written by the competitor, on a topic of the competitor’s choice. The purpose of this informative speech is to explain, describe, or expose the topic (Stoa website).

Examples of Original Oratory Speeches

Lydia’s Oratory on Sibling Rivalry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc0ctaNTvUw

Adulthood. A Stoa Original Oratory Speech 2014-2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Sq6C650dOk

 

Persuasive

A persuasive speech is a prepared speech, written by the competitor, which advocates a specific position or course of action (Stoa website).

Examples of Persuasive Speeches

Matthew Mittelberg: Persuasive  Finals – The 2011 National Championship Winning Speech  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcDGR2W1dr4

Children in Church: Stoa Persuasive Speech (Rebecca Call)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIiveFdyv3Y

 

INTERPRETIVE SPEECHES

Duo Interpretive

In Duo Interpretation, two competitors create an original rendition of a story from one or more selection(s) of literature which captivates and moves the audience (Stoa website).

Examples of Duo Interpretive Speeches

NITOC 2015: The Velveteen Rabbit (Duo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_zcoEtx7l4

Duo Interpretation, Lord of the Rings RELOADED, Stoa Nationals 2013- Jacob Myhre and Charlotte Myhre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyUT3ah4PEQ

NITOC 2012 10th Place Duo Interpretation; Johnson/Johnson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlF5pgBgevw

Batman Duo Stoa NITOC 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xe7dYtb1W0

 

Humorous Interpretive

In Humorous Interpretation, the competitors tell relatable stories using humor as a device to connect with the audience from a single published work. Stand-up comedy, or telling a series of jokes without a corresponding plot, is not Humorous Interpretation (Stoa website).

Examples of Humorous Interpretive Speeches

Zach Humorous Interp 2016 “Lost at C” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr8nuz4j32A

The Fish Story Humorous Interpretation – Chandler Lasch  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0KCVeTxTlw

Michael Schmidt – Miss Nelson is Missing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8P2Wxs9oa4

 

Dramatic Interpretive

In Dramatic Interpretation the competitor, using a play, short story, or other published work, performs a selection with a spotlight on character development and depth which captivates and moves the audience (Stoa website).

The Tell Tale Heart- 2013 Stoa National Champion Dramatic Interpretation – Chandler Lasch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X0zX_7BUNs

Stoa NITOC 2016 – 2nd Place Dramatic Interpretation speech – Conor McNamara https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Nt5gQFmU0

Hannah’s DI: “Gates of Splendor” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaqeypgIsv8&index=6&list=PLKGB__edJf86-bD6oYbo_rp2MA4lvnwEv

Steel Magnolias Dramatic Interpretation Speech Chandler Lasch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYDGt4z1AHQ&index=5&list=PLKGB__edJf86-bD6oYbo_rp2MA4lvnwEv

 

Open Interpretive

In Open Interpretation selections may be in the whole range from dramatic to humorous genres, including narrative storytelling, single voice monologues, thematic compilations, or self-written pieces (Stoa website).

Examples of Open Interpretive Speeches 

True Grit – 2013 Stoa NITOC Open Interp finalist – Chandler Lasch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0b3zs1toxo

Stoa Speech and Debate: Adrian Ford’s Open Interpretation {The Boastful Man} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQeJkGbAVg0

NOTE: These examples do not reflect the shorter time limit imposed this year on this event.

 

Wild Card Event Speeches

Cold Reading

The competitor is given written material and, after a brief examination, reads it “cold” to the audience with no other preparation (Stoa website).

Examples of Cold Reading

Trinity Klomarens’s NITOC 2017 Cold Reading Final https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSOPomhd_Oc&t=49s

 

Demonstration Speech

A demonstration speech is an original work written by the competitor that explains how to do something or how something works. Props may or may not be used (Stoa website)

Examples of Demonstration Speeches

NOTE: These examples are not from Stoa since it is a new event in Stoa, but these videos do give an idea.

How to Apply First Aid Demonstration Speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4JazvxVS_g

 

Sample Demonstration Speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-Gv5aDWjLo 

(understanding a formal place setting)

 

Five Minute Demonstration Speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ntYZjkogWM

(making a gift basket)

We are equipping our youth for things that matter

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