2023 — Ridgeland, MS/US
The selection has a maximum time of ten minutes. It must be memorized. There is a 30-second grace period. Students who exceed the time limit by more than 30 seconds should not be given first place in the panel.
A selection in Declamation must have been originally delivered as a speech by its author, a person other than the present speaker.
The event is only open to 9th and 10th-grade students.
The speaker should convey the original author’s message in a sincere, honest, and realistic manner. Attempts at dramatization rather than communication should be avoided.
A copy of the Declamation must be present at the tournament for verification purposes.