“… trains Christian, homeschooled youth in speech and debate,
in order to better communicate
a biblical worldview.”
12 – 18 years of age
From multiple states
Compete in multiple events including debate
Improve communication skills
Desire to impact their culture
Everyone is experienced!
May be multiple judges in the room
Set aside personal bias and expertise
No discussion with speakers
No consultation with one another
Turn off cell phones
Sit front and center
Wait for all judges before starting round
Stay until every competitor has presented
Write on ballots after each speech with a blue or black ink pen
Competitors may speak out of listed order
Audience members may come and go
7.A prepared speech, written by the competitor with the purpose of informing, exposing, entertaining, inspiring, or persuading on a topic.
9.Author and Title identified
In all interpretive events, competitors write, or select and analyze literature, then bring it to life through the creative use of voice, movement, and facial expression without the use of costumes or props.
10.2 speakers = 1 speech
May be written by student
Serious or Light-hearted
Multiple pieces allowed
No direct contact
Varied time limits
Copy of topics/questions provided
Chosen topic stated by student
Competitors get a limited time to prepare for a speech on a topic that is given to them at the speech event. Preparation before the tournament is described in the event rules.
Current event question answered
30 minutes of prep time (in a separate room)
7 minute speech
One 3 x 5 card allowed
13.Addresses the appeal & impact of cultural media to find common ground with biblical truths in 7 categories
4 minutes to prepare 6 minute speech
May use a notebook of research to prepare
May use one note card during speech
Identifies shared human experience
Explains the significance of the topic
Conversational tone of speaking
15.100 questions in 6 categories
4 minutes to prepare a 6 minute speech
May use researched card file and a Bible to prepare
Multiple note cards allowed in presentation
16.. . . always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)
Apologia: to give an explanation or defense
Apologetics is a unique event; Content is Key
17.Apologetics is a thoughtful, intellectual, analysis of a question of faith or doctrine.
Apologetics communicates a rational basis for faith and theological truth to others.
Apologetics may or may not be an evangelistic opportunity
18.Judges should be in agreement with the Stoa Statement of Faith. (copy available at end of slides)
The speaker should craft the speech in a persuasive manner using:
19.2 minutes prep
No time limit – set script
Focus is on voice presentation
20.Thoughts or voice from a single persona
Dramatic or Humorous
Well defined course of thought
Report and Educate
Check for conflicts
22.Please read rules on reverse side
Tabulation ballot is not seen by students
23.Copy speaker, room, and round from Tab Ballot (Please use dark ink)
Judge = you!
Jot down topic
Duration = length of speech and considered a ballot criteria
No minimum time limits
24.The numbers are not used by the tournament to determine points or rank.
Using Rules and Ballot Criteria:
Rate the student’s performance on “Evaluate” scale.
In Comments section:
Report what you saw
Reminder: Time between speakers is limited.
26.Note any violations
Stacking ballots to order speakers
Set ranking without penalties considered
Martin Luther King Jr.
Using criteria on rules and ballots
Order speakers from 1st to last
Add penalty points
There can be no ties
Martin Luther King Jr.
Living the Dream
The Time Is Now
Keys To Success
See Ballot Return to complete
No penalty –
Carry forward to Final Rank
Something done well
Something needing improvement
Circle Individual Rank
For ranks 5-8
Circle 5th and Below
Reason for ranking-
Compared to others in round
30.After you have heard all the speakers…
Go immediately to the Ballot Return room
Do not confer with others
Questions? Ask the Orientation Staff by Ballot Return
31.Ballot is complete…
Turn in to ballot return
Wait for ballots to be reviewed
Judge an event only once
32.For investing your time in these students!
33.There is one God eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.
Man is sinful and therefore separated from God, who is holy and perfect.
Jesus Christ paid the eternal penalties for our sin through His death on the cross.
Jesus Christ also resurrected bodily and ascended into heaven and will return one day to fulfill His kingdom.
Only through Jesus Christ and the grace of His provision of salvation, may we be saved from eternal punishment, enter into God’s family and receive eternal life.
The Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible and authoritative Word of God and the truth for Christian faith and practice.
Stoa Statement of Faith