2017 — Broadway High School, Broadway,, VA/US
Original Oratory speeches are 10 minutes long. You write and memorize your speech before the tournament, and usually use the same speech for the whole year. Creativity and good writing ability are a must. And because you must deliver a memorized speech, you must learn to develop a good, natural speaking manner. Original Oratory is a speech to inspire. American Legion Oratories, dealing with an analysis of the Constitution, are not only acceptable, they are encouraged. Motivational in nature, you're trying to convince your audience to do something, or think of something, in a different fashion This event is very delivery intensive. If you don't think you can "work a crowd," don't enter this event. In VaFL, the speech must be memorized.