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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 04:07 PM
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I judged 48 speeches given by high school seniors last night.
24 of them gave two speeches each for a regional Academic Decathlon meet. It took FIVE hours.

It was interesting, but by the time it was done, I was READY for it to be done.

Too many of them were proselytizing speeches (one said "If you are a Christian and you don't go to church, you are just a baby Christian, still drinking milk. Only in church can you feed on the solid food of the Bible." How much I wanted to tell her churches don't OWN the Bible. The smug look on her face was horrid. And "feed on?" "Drinking milk?" Strange imagery, I'll leave it at that.).

One praised bush to the skies for his "strength" and "intelligence". I looked down at the criteria sheet and thought "stay unbiased, stay unbiased" but there was a category for "appropriateness of topic, strength of LOGIC." Um. Ok. Had to count down on that. He sucked at speech-giving and lost points in other categories, too.

One gave us the entire history of rock and roll in four minutes.

Another one stammered and "um"-ed her way through it, with long painful pauses during which she would stare at the ceiling, desperate to remember the next part. When she got big fat tears in her eyes, it became truly painful to witness. Poor thing. It was about ballet.

And I do need to say I have true admiration for a kid who has a speech/hearing impediment and gives speeches. Two of them, you could tell, had suffered from some degree of deafness. It's hard enough to get up there and do that when you haven't struggled with that.

I shook a lot of sweaty hands.
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dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 04:11 PM
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1. What was the topic?
The speeches sounded all over the map, I would find it difficult to grade appropriateness of topic.
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 04:14 PM
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3. They could give their prepared speech on whatever topic they wanted to.
The impromptu speech had to be on one of three topics we gave them on a list after they did their prepared speech.

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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 04:12 PM
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2. Gad, AcDec.
Been there, done that. Don't even remember what I spoke on.

Good for you, girl! You're helping them learn real skills (public speaking) that they will probably use the rest of their lives. Honestly, AcDec taught me more than high school did, I think sometimes.
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 04:15 PM
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5. Some of those kids were so damn bright.
And for all my bitching, I saw some INCREDIBLE public speakers.

One boy, in particular, was just fucking amazing. I had goose bumps.
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 04:15 PM
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4. Come On Let's Deconstruct That Fundies Thesis... Come Onnnn
it'll distract you from your jonesing hubby!

I can remember my first out-loud report in school. I was TERRIFIED.

My parent's didn't instill any self confidence in me... it took a long time for me to channel my inner ham.
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 04:15 PM
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6. channel your inner ham, LOL
I had no self-confidence as a kid, either. HATED speaking in front of people. Now it's no problem.

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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 04:19 PM
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7. The Best Teachers Are Always Hams. They Are More Interesting
to listen to and easier to pay attention to.
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ElectroPrincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 04:23 PM
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8. Excellent contribution - Kudos to you and others ...
However, whatever you do in the future, please don't name any school speech award as that for a "Voice of Democracy." I won that contest in High School with a caption below my picture.

Now each time I attend my high school reunion, I'm recognized as the *VD winner*.

Yeah yeah, LOL, and I'll never live that one down. :wow:
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