Contests and Scholarships

Oratorical Contest

2020-2021 Oratorical Contest: Rules


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 

  4. Each orator will be allowed a maximum of five minutes for his/her presentation. Exceeding the time limit by 10 seconds or more will result in a penalty unless extenuating circumstances exist.

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

  6. 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 

District Oratorical Contest Rules
  1. Any Key Club wishing to enter one of its members into the Oratorical Contest must submit the below entry form.

  2. Oratorical entries must be submitted as videos, be recorded in one take, and show no signs of editing. The camera must be stationary and cannot be moved in and out or to different locations/angles for cinematic effect. Videos must adhere to the time limits as outlined in the rules above.

  3. Entries must include a completed Entry Form and be submitted using the below form by March 15, 2021.

  4. The first place winner’s speech will be played during the recognition session on the Saturday of DECON.

  5. The winner of the District Oratorical Contest may enter in the Key Club International Oratorical Contest at Key Club International Convention.

2020-2021 Oratorical Contest Topic

This year, Key Club members have embraced adaptability and overcome great challenges. Through it all, members of our organization have volunteered thousands of hours building our homes, schools and communities. How did you continue serving through these adverse challenges, and how did your volunteerism make a significant impact?

All entries must be submitted by March 15, 2021 on the form below.  If the embedded form doesn't work, click here to open in a new window.