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

2019 Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest

New York City 

Registration is open

February 11 to March 25, 2019

Semi-Finals (Selection of Finalists):
  • Session I: 
    Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    10:00 am morning & 1:00 pm afternoon sessions
  • Session I:
    Thursday April 11, 2019
    10:00 am morning (1:00 pm afternoon session will be scheduled based on need.)
Finals (Selection of Prize Winners):
  • Thursday, April 18th
    9:30 am morning

Nassau County

Registration is open

March 18 to May, 2019

Semi-Finals (Selection of Finalists):
  • Session I: 
    May 15, Wednesday, 2019
    9:30 am morning & 1:00 pm afternoon sessions
  • Session II:
    May 16, Thursday
    9:30 am morning; afternoon session TBD
Finals (Selection of Prize Winners):
  • May 23, Thursday - 10:00 am

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: 
Tel: (516) 921-6319, x10


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