Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate events are classified as Individual (Speech) or Debate. Individual events can further be categorized as Original Speeches, Interpretive Events and Spontaneous Events.  Events for each category are described below.

Event Name
Event Type
Original Oratory (OO)
State & National
An oratory is an original, memorized speech, no more than 10 minutes in length. The intent of the speech is to persuade listeners, change their attitudes or beliefs, or inspire them to take action.  Students are encouraged but not required to use sources, such as magazine or newspaper articles, and books, and up to 150 words may be quoted from such a source.
Original Advocacy (OA)
State

Like oratory, original advocacy is an original, memorized speech, no more than 10 minutes in length with the intent to persuade the listeners, change their attitudes or beliefs, or inspire them to take action.  It must also propose a legislative solution to a problem. Up to 150 quoted words may be included in the speech and multiple sources are encouraged. (In the National competitions, students may use an Advocacy speech in an Oratory event).

Expository (Expos)
State

A speech no longer than 10 minutes in length designed to inform or explain an object, idea, concept, or process.  Visual and audio aids are allowed, as are costumes when put on and taken off within the 10 minutes allotted for the speech. (The costume may not be worn as the speech begins or ends.) The speech may include up to 150 quoted word from a source.  Notes are permitted, but discouraged.

Original Prose and Poetry (OPP)
State

Students write and perform an original work. The work can be a play, essay, story, or a combination, and up to 150 words can be quoted from a source.

Contacts

Mr. Aaron Langerman
Director, Speech and Debate Program
alangerman@bcp.org

Mr. Dan Baxter
dbaxter@bcp.org

Mr. Ben Sigrist
bsigrist@bcp.org  

Dr. Deirdre Sullivan
dsullivan@bcp.org

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