Oratorical Contest
Oratorical Contest

District 7120 Oratorical Contest


Rotary Oratorical Contest on Ethics
Sponsored jointly by District Rotary 7120 and local area Colleges

The Final Event in the Contest will take place at noon, March 21st, 2015
At the Monroe Community College located on 1000 E. Henrietta, Rochester, NY 14623


The event is open to all.  Those looking for coaching tips are
especially encouraged to attend the event.


    Download application and other documents with the links at the bottom
of this page        

Speeches of the Top Five Finalists From March 2012


The 1st place winner was Matthew Skinner sponsored by the Red Jacket Rotary Club 

 The 2nd place winner was Gracie Elliot sponsored by the Bloomfield Rotary Club 

 The 3rd place winner was Blaithe Donovan sponsored  by the Nunda Rotary Club 




 To see Matthew's speech click here

 To see Gracie's speech click here

 To see Blaithe's speech click here



The 4th place winner was Ivana Hernandez sponsored by the Rochester Latino Rotary Club

The 5th place winner was JoAnna Northrup sponsored by the Bath Rotary Club



 To see Jordan's speech please click here

To see Leila's speech please click here 



             Any questions, please contact Contest Chair, PDG Mike Leone, at michaelpleone@yahoo.com

     Club Options for Participation  (See also: Blueprint download available below)

     Sponsor one or more candidates (two per school in Club's service area)

     Contribute toward prize money and/or contest expenses

     Co-sponsor a candidate and share responsibilities

     Provide a judge

     Invite winner(s) to speak at a club meeting

      Arrange to have previous year's winner(s) speak at high school assembly of non-participating  school as inducement for future participation

      Club Responsibilities:

Club responsibilities fall into two areas, ORGANIZATION and SUPPORT.

           Specific tasks in those areas include:


Establish a working relationship with local school district(s)regarding potential speakers, use of facility, internal and external publicity and recognition 

Establish relationship with Rotary Clubs in the area regarding calendar, location of semi-final contests, judges, prizes and publicity

     Maintain communication with District Level Committee

If sponsored student wins, provide transportation to District Conference


 Sign Application and Sponsorship form and submit to Mike Leone with the $75 fee (see form)

      Provide mentor/coach for each candidate who will:

      Provide objective feedback for candidate's efforts

 Ensure that candidate and his/her family know and understand expectations and responsibilities of participation

 Ensure that transportation is provided for student to competitions and to District Assembly or Conference if the Club's entrant wins the final contest

      Accompany students to competitions     




2014 - 2015 Application Form and other documents can be downloaded by clicking on the links below


1.    Contest Explanation 2.   Application and Sponsor form (print out after filling it in online)
3.    Contestant Guidelines 4.    Judges' Guidelines
5.    Speech Rubric 6.    Scholarship Information

7.    Blueprint for Club Contest and Mentor tips