Pennsylvania Key Club

Oratorical Contest

The subject for all orations is to be predetermined by Key Club International and posted on the Key Club International website. The subject matter of the oration and the presentation must be original and completely developed by each orator.

Note: A Key Clubber must attend the District Convention to participate. International judging criteria is used for this contest. Registration takes place at the district convention. There will be a first, second, third, and honorable mention winners in the Pennsylvania District. The first place winner will present his/her speech at a district general session. The winners are not forwarded to compete in the International contest.


Over the years, the Pennsylvania District has seen many clubs and individuals enter the contests and unfortunately has seen a number of clubs and individuals be disqualified because of various award criteria. The following entry tips/eligibility checklist is to be used to help highlight some of the important contest criteria that has changed or is sometimes overlooked. It is to be used to assist you in your completion of entries, but does not substitute for the official criteria set in the Key Club International Guidebook.

2017 ORATORICAL CONTEST

Entry Tips/Eligibility Checklist

  • The entry form for the oratorical contest will available at the Pennsylvania District Convention for Key Clubbers to fill out in the contest registration room on Friday or before the contest on Saturday. Please check the judging criteria and details in the current “Key Club International Guidebook”.
  • Note: The entry form on-line at www.keyclub.org is for those going to the Key Club International Convention. It is not used at district level.
  • Click on the Pennsylvania District Oratorial Contest 2017 information below.
  • The 2017 oratorical contest topic is, "The three domains of the Key Club experience are Heart to Serve, Call to Lead and Courage to Engage. How do these domains shape the membership experience for a Key Clubber?

2017 International Guidebook Rules - Pages 49

A. The subject for all orations is to be predetermined and distributed to the clubs via general mailing.

B. The first place orator from each of the organized Key Club Districts will be eligible to compete in the International Oratorical Contest. In the case a District does not hold a District contest to determine the first place orator, the District may select an orator by other means and so certify him/her by signature of the District Administrator. Orators located within a non-Districted area shall submit DVDs containing videos of their speeches to Key Club International.

C. The subject matter of the oration and the presentation must be original and completely developed by each orator. Content and presentation will be considered equally in judging

D. Each orator will be allowed a maximum of five minutes for his/her presentation. Exceeding the time limit may result in a penalty.

E. Each orator must be an official member in good standing with Key Club International.

F. Judging and awarding points will be based on the following criteria:

  • Speech–50 Points
    • Clarity of message and projection of ideas ............................................25 Points
    • Depth ............................................................................................................5 Points
    • Originality ......................................................................................................5 Points
    • Structure (including organization, grammar, transitions, flow, etc.) ....15 Points
  • Delivery–50 Points
    • Presence (posture, gestures, and ability to engage the audience) ...15 Points
    • Voice (tone, diction, effectiveness, pronunciation)...............................15 Points
    • Ease of presentation and intimacy with audience ................................15 Points
    • Attention of audience ................................................................................5 Points

G. During the Key Club International convention, elimination trials will be held (time and place to be announced in the convention program), and no more than three orators may be selected to appear before the entire convention.

H. Oratory finalists will receive suitable awards and recognition for their excellence in public speaking.

I. Winning orations, in written and electronic form (video), will become the property of Key Club International. Key Club International reserves the right to publish winning orations on KeyTV or in the Key Club magazine, providing appropriate credit to the orator.

J. The decision of the judges is final and no changes, alterations or regradings will take place after the results have been certified by the judges of this contest. (09/12)

Key Club International Guidebook 2016-2017

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