Jan 17, 2018 12:00 PM
Rotary Oratory Contest
Nassau County High School Students

The Rotary Oratory Competition is a project initiated by the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville in 2015. Each year the Club’s speech committee approaches the principals and speech teachers of the 45 public and private schools on the First Coast (Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties) to choose a high school senior who would like to represent their school in an oratory competition. Each year the speech committee determines what speech topic to offer the high school seniors. The topics are meant to be current, meaningful and thought provoking. We do not allow topics to be of a personal or political nature.  The students have approximately two months to research, write and prepare their presentation. The candidates are assigned geographically to a nearby Rotary Club, where they will first compete in a “regional” contest. Those who win their regional will continue on to compete for a first place college scholarship and a runner up college scholarship in a special final competition.