In a prep room, the students will draw three topics of current interest; the student must pick one to prepare for a presentation. In the prep room, the students will have a 30-minute preparation period during which evidence may be used to put together the presentation. After the preparation period, the student should deliver a speech to be evaluated for content and delivery. The topic slip must be presented to the judge in the round. No visual aids are allowed and no notes are allowed in VX. Students must cite facts and analysis from source material accurately and in keeping with the author’s intent.
Time: 7 minute maximum (30 second grace); no minimum
In Novice Extemp only, a single note-card with no more than 50 written words is permitted. If a note-card is to be used, the judge must review it prior to the presentation. Any note-card violation should be brought to the attention of the prep room coordinator prior to the speech; or, the student may choose to proceed without the use of the note-card.