State 4-H Public Speaking Contest
Prepared Speaking Rules

This is the noble, “traditional” category from past Missouri State 4-H Public Speaking Contests.  Speeches may be on any topic of the participant’s choice that are in good taste for a group of peers and adults.
Prepared Speaking Category Contest Rules

  • Speeches are to be 3-5 minutes in length for Juniors (ages 8-10), 4-6 minutes in length for Intermediates (ages 11-13) and 5-7 minutes in length for Seniors (ages 14-18).  Points will be deducted for speeches not meeting these parameters. When speakers have met the minimum time, a judge will hold up a green card.  When 30 seconds remain until time is expired, the judge will hold up a red card.  The speaker should then wrap up to avoid a point deduction (3 points).  
  •  Judges decisions are final.
  • Notes on index cards are perfectly acceptable.  However, no props or visual aids may be used.  
  • The speech must have be an original work, written by the person giving the speech.  Topics must be appropriate to the standards of a 4-H event and appropriate for all ages.
  • First place Intermediate and Senior Division finishers from a previous State 4-H Public Speaking Contest may not enter the same category and age group a second time. 
  • Have fun: First and foremost, you are here to gain experience, celebrate your skills, and meet others with an interest in public speaking!

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