March 16

Speech Contest

  • March 16
  • Free
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Open to high school students in grades 9 - 12. The 2019 theme is based on this quote from the 1st Amendment, "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom . . . of speech or of the press.”
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Speech Contest
Students submit an online video of themselves giving a 5 minute special occasion oratory. Six finalists will be chosen to present their speeches and compete for monetary prizes and the chance to speak at the Patriotic Service at the BYU Marriott Center. Up to 6 students will be invited to a final competition.

Example of a live speech:

Contest Rules
  • MARCH 16, 2019 – Deadline for all speeches to be uploaded electronically.
  • Theme: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
  • Open to all 9th – 12th grade Utah students.
  • You may use visuals or video with your speech.
  • Speech must be your own work (family or friends may critique your speech but cannot write it for you).
  • Time limit is 5 minutes (penalty if speech is too short or too long).
  • The speech should be positive and hopeful, expressing ideas on how to build America and patriotism, while discussing sound principles of freedom.
  • Professional dress is requested for presentation.
  • Decision of the judges is final.
  • Finalist speaks at the Patriotic Service.

Registration and Submission

Register and upload your video by March 16, 2019. clicking here.



How to Upload to Youtube
  1. Go to
  2. In the upper right hand corner of the home page click on “sign in”
  3. If you have a google account you can login with that and go to the next step. If you don’t have a google login then click on “sign up for YouTube” and then fill out the necessary info.
  4. Once you’re logged in click on the link at the top of the screen that says “upload”
  5. Click on the button that says “video upload” and then upload your video.
  1. Make sure to fill out the Title and Description fields are filled out appropriately
  2. In the privacy section be sure to check the “Public” option.
  3. Click on the save button at the bottom of the screen
  4. You may have to wait a while for your video to upload, after your video is done precessing go to your published video page.
  5. Copy the url link and paste it in the filed on the submission form.
Download the Educational Events Poster

Download here: 2018-19 Events Poster

Awards & Prizes
1st place - $600, 2nd place - $350, 3rd place - $300, 3 Honorable Mentions - $100

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