Speech Contest

2021 Stewardship Week: April 25, 2020 – May 2, 2021

Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors an annual public speaking contest, which is designed to develop leadership and stimulate interest in conserving natural resources. The 2021  Speech Contest Topic is: “Helathy Forest, Healthy Communities”

Many districts will be holding these contests. Please check with your District Office for their details.

NOTICE: All poster and speech have to be turned into the local SWCD TWO WEEKS prior to the Area meeting.

  • Area 1 Meeting: June 23, 2021
  • Area 2 Meeting: June 24, 2021
  • Area 3 Meeting: July 2, 2021
  • Area 4 Meeting: June 18, 2021
  • Area 5 Meeting: May 7, 2021
  • Area 6 Meeting: May 7, 2021

Speech Contest:

  • 1st Place- $500 Dollars
  • 2nd Place- $250 Dollars
  • 3rd Place- $150 Dollars
  • 4th Place- $100 Dollars



Contest is open to public, private, parochial or home school students from 6th through 12th grade.

Provide a typewritten speech, double spaced on 8.5” x 11” inch white paper, with 1” margin. Use standard font, no greater than 12 point type. Include a cover page with contestants’ name, speech title, parent or guardian’s name, email address, home address, telephone number, and school name. A signed release form is also required.

Speech must be hand-delivered or mailed to                        , or faxed to                                                by (date)                                 

The District contest may be divided into two categories (6-8 & 9-12) with the highest overall scoring students from each category advancing to Area Contests.


Contest Topic –”Healthy Forest, Healthy Communities”

Speeches must be original, not previously used, and created by the contestant. Notes may be used while speaking, but audio and visual aids of any form are not permitted.

Contestants must not give their name or introduce themselves by name bas part of their speech. Contestants will be introduced as “Contestant number one, Contestant number two” and so on forth. While Judges are finalizing the scores, students will be introduced and asked to give personal information.

Winner of the local competition will be entered in an area competition (multi District), and may then advance to the State competition. Highest scoring Area winner will advance to the State competition. Contestant may not wear attire that identifies them with any organization (e.g., FFA, 4-H, school logos).

Time Limit – Speeches must be a minimum of five to seven minutes in length. Time under or over these limits, respectively, will result in two points deducted for each 15 second increment or part thereof.

Judging – A standard score sheet will be used for all contestants. Three judges and one time keeper will be used at district, area, and state competitions. Judges should be experienced in public speaking and should not be elected supervisors or staff.

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For questions regarding the Speech Contest please contact AFCD at 352-507-7065.