Public Speaking Competitions

"Courage, hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to successful life."
—Theodore Roosevelt, from America and the World War, 1915

2018 Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest Winners


Nassau County


First Place Winner:

Joel-Anthoney Bossous, 11th Grade, Sewanhaka High School

Second Place Winner:

Safiyyah Savage, 11th Grade, Valley Stream Central High School

Third Place Winner:

Edward Maday, 11th Grade, George W. Hewlett High School


New York City



First Place Winner:

Ashley Nelson, 12th Grade, Hillcrest High School

Second Place Winner:

Moitrayee Dhar, 11th Grade, Townsend Harris High School

Third Place Winner:

Cenya Davis, 9th Grade, Hillcrest High School


Theodore Roosevelt believed in working hard, in persevering in the face of defeat, and in pushing to do better and strive harder to accomplish one’s goals. He also believed in developing young people, in challenging them to achieve as much as possible, and in recognizing their accomplishments.

In that spirit, the Theodore Roosevelt Association created Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contests, which challenge high school students to develop and give original five-minute speeches on TR’s life and legacy. The Contests build on students’ public speaking, critical thinking and independent research skills, thereby enhancing their academic potential and scholarship, confidence, self-reliance, and leadership abilities.

Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contests have been held in several locations, honoring dozens of students.
  • Atlanta, GA
  • New York, NY
  • Oyster Bay, NY
  • Owensboro, KY
  • Washington, DC
For more information, contact the TRA National office: 
Email: info@theodoreroosevelt.org
Tel: (516) 921-6319, x10

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