This event is open to high school students eligible for UAS Dual Enrollment courses (Juneau Campus) and University of Alaska undergraduate students currently registered for 3 credits in the Spring 2016 semester.
- Students who placed first in any category in last year’s event will be ineligible to participate in the same category this year. However, a student will be eligible to participate in the same category two years after winning.
- Students are invited to participate in 2 categories per event. A specific presentation may be used for both categories, if appropriate.
- The four standing categories—Oratory, Dramatic Declamation, Storytelling, and Alaska Native Languages—are eligible for scholarship prizes. All speeches must be a minimum of 5 minutes and no more than 15 minutes long. Please cite all supporting materials including, but not limited to, elder’s teachings, cultural lore, published materials (magazines, newspapers, internet, etc.). Sources should be clearly cited during speech and included in notes or in manuscript.
- Minimum registration for any one category must be 4 participants to keep a category open for event.
Register by Friday, February 29, 5 p.m. in the NRSC. See registration tab above for more information.
THE THEME IS EQUITY, CATEGORIES:
A speech from memory or limited notes that demonstrates mastery in the art of public speaking using reasoning, elocution, and evidence to support the opinion. Topics impacting Alaskans may include, but are not limited to: subsistence, sovereignty, urban/rural conflicts, multilingualism, religious freedom, education, or traditional values. Make a strong use of supporting materials, elder’s teachings, cultural lore, published materials (magazines, newspapers, internet, etc.). Sources should be clearly cited during speech and included in notes or in manuscript.
A recitation of an indigenous speech, poetry, traditional Alaska Native song, or persuasive document. Presentation material may be edited, but should accurately convey the author’s intent.
A recitation of one or more indigenous stories. Each story should be published, recorded, or transcribed with permission from the author, clan, elder, or tribe when appropriate. If you plan on sharing more than one story, include transitions between literary works to show thematic interrelationship(s). Interpretation of 2 or more characters, appropriate costuming, limited props, and dramatic movement may be incorporated.
Alaska Native Language
In order to compete simply fill out an Oratory registration form. When completed, submit to the Native & Rural Student Center attn: Kolene James, or Fax to Kolene James at (907) 796-6005. Students can select more than one category for competition. For question about how to prepare for the contest please contact Kolene James as soon as possible!