What does the Speech Team do?
The Alliance High Speech Team competes in various speech competitions from January thru March. Students write, prepare, and rehearse a speech, interpretation, or acting event to be performed. At the meet, the events are performed in a classroom setting in front a judge, fellow competitors, and a few audience members.
Who can be on the Speech Team?
Any student in grades 9-12 who enjoys acting, performing, teaching about a topic, or telling stories would enjoy speech activities. Students can write their own speech, or perform a selection by a published author.
How can I get involved?
Listen in the announcements for speech meetings! Sign up for events of interest, & practice!
There will be auditions for those interested in being part of an OID.
Talk to Mrs. Green or Miss Kloch for more information.
Talk to other speech team students.
What can I look forward to?
Meeting lots of new, cool people from other schools in Nebraska!
A chance to hang out with other kids who enjoy speaking and acting.
A way to strengthen your public speaking skills and boost your self-confidence.
Speech Event Categories
Serious Prose: under 10 minutes; oral interpretation by expressive reading of a cutting of a story, play, etc. (of a serious topic) with multiple characters
Humorous Prose: under 10 minutes; oral interpretation by expressive reading of a cutting of a story, play, etc. (of a humorous topic) with multiple characters
Poetry: 6-8 minutes; create a program of poems with a common author or a common theme (usually connected with transitions written by the speaker) or one long poem; presented with a script
Duet Acting: under 12 minutes; two students perform a memorized scene or sequence of a play using props consisting of only a table and two chairs; may be from a serious or humorous script
OID: under 15 minutes; similar to a reader’s theater or a short play with minimal movement; performed by a group of 3-5 people with a script
Informative: under 8 minutes; present a speech that informs the audience about a topic, preferably using visual aids (posters)
Persuasive: under 10 minutes; speech given to support one side of a controversial issue
Extemporaneous: 5-7 minutes with 1 hour prep time; must write a speech, in the allotted time, about the drawn topic concerning current public events; then deliver it with or without a note card; must find articles ahead of time to have in prepared files
Entertainment: under 8 minutes; write & deliver a speech about an entertaining topic; may use visual aids and/or props