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2017 Youth Conservation Speaking Contest Guidelines

Contest Division

1. Elementary Division (3-5 minute speeches) Students enrolled in grades 5-6.
2. Junior Division (5-8 minute speeches) Students enrolled in grades 7-8.
3. Senior Division (5-8 minute speeches) Students enrolled in grades 9-12

Subject Matter

Speeches must promote the conservation of natural resources and the protection or enhancement of environmental quality. Topics should address soil and water conservation issues. Emphasis should be placed on the subject as it relates to your locality or to the state of Wisconsin.

Authenticity and accuracy of information is important and the speaker should demonstrate familiarity with the subject matter. Feel free to contact Natural Resource professionals as they can provide knowledge on numerous topics. The internet is a rich resource, however not all internet sources are reliable. When using the internet consider your source. Use of visual aids (posters, charts, etc.) is prohibited; however, notes may be used.

County Contest

An individual student may only enter in one county level speech contest, either in the county in which they reside or in the county in which they attend school. If the county an individual lives in does not host a speaking contest, the individual may seek permission from another county to enter their contest. The winners of each division in each county may compete in the area association contests. Students must participate in a county and/or area contest to compete in the state contest. The Local Contest will be arranged by our office with teachers of the students.  All teachers or parents must notify our office no later than December 15, 2017 should they have a child(ren) that plans to participate. 

Area Contest

Local county winner will advance to their area contest. The Area Contest will take place in early February, location to be determined.

State Contest

The state contest will be held on in early March, in Lake Geneva.  First place winners in each division are invited to present their winning speeches at the 2018 WI Land+Water Annual Conference Luncheon that same day at 11:00am.