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First Round Scoring Sheet

2015 Speech Competition on Contemporary Issues
Explanation of First Round Grading and Final Round


First Round of the Competition
The first round of the competition will take place between 12:00 and 1:30 p.m.  on Thursday, April 16h.  You should come to the lobby area outside of the Public Safety Office (Main Building) at 12:00 to register and get your room assignment.  There will be 6 student speakers in each classroom.  You will present your speech in front of 2 or 3 judges.  The judges will use a scoring sheet that has 3 types of evaluations: 

  • ·         Your individual score, based on your content and delivery;
  • ·         Your holistic score, recommending whether you move on to the second round;
  • ·         Your ranking compared to other speakers in the room. 

It’s a good idea for you to look at the Speech Competition Scoring Sheet in advance so you will understand how your speech will be judged.  As a guide for you, the scores of the top speakers will range from 40 to 45, earning an average of 4 or 5 on all measures.  The scores of good speakers usually range from 30 to 35 points; the scores of average speakers range from 25 to 30 points. 

Finals Round of the Competition and Awards Ceremony, April 23rd, 3:15 – 5:30 p.m., Main Building
The top 6 speakers will be invited to compete in the Final Round of the Competition one week later, on April 23rd, from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.  (room to be announced).  The speakers will be judged by faculty members from the Communication Department.  The 6 Best Speaker prize winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony and Reception immediately following the speeches, from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.  In addition, the next 7 speakers will be recognized as Honorable Mention and Special Merit winners and will receive prizes.    All student speakers who participated in the competition will receive a Speech Competition Certificate of Recognition at the Awards Ceremony.  The BCC Foundation is sponsoring the prizes for the top 13 speakers. 

The top 6 prizes are:                                                                                  

President’s Award, Best Speaker                          
President’s Award, Best Speaker, Runner Up           
President’s Award, Best Speaker, Third Place          
President’s Award, Best Speaker, Fourth Place       
President’s Award, Best Speaker, Fifth Place          
President’s Award, Best Speaker, Sixth Place          

The 7 Honorable Mention and Special Merit prizes are:
President’s Award, Best Speaker, Honorable Mention       
President’s Award, Best Speaker, Special Merit