Rainbow Push Automotive Project & Push Excel’s Oratorical Excellence Tournament 2018

Rainbow Push Automotive Project & Push Excel’s Oratorical Excellence Tournament 2018

May 5, 2019

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”  Frederick Douglass

 

Dear PUSH for Excellence Orators, Parents, Coaches and Educators:

Please be advised that the National PUSH Excel “Let Us Run” Tournament will be held on Friday, June 28, 2019 at the Chicago Teachers Union, 1901 W Carroll, Chicago, IL  60612.

Registration is 12:30 p.m., the competition will begin promptly at 2:00.  The contest will conclude after all contestants have participated in the competition. Enclosed in the package is a registration form.  The deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019.

 

The contest is designed to focus young people on the power of eloquent persuasive speech. Three essential components of future leaders in communities across America are: (1) a strong moral compass; (2) excellence in education; and (3) sound communication skills. The processes of having students conceptualize, prepare and deliver a memorized speech are essential components to developing future leaders.

We look forward to meeting the orator, his or her parents, principals, teachers, coaches, grandparents, aunts, uncles and all who support, believe in and celebrate children.

Should you have any additional questions and/or concerns, please contact Ms. Michelle Chambers, Program Coordinator at 773-256-2762 or mchambers@rainbowpush.org.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration and we will see you on Friday, June 28, 2019.

Sincerely,

 

Reverend Dr. Janette C. Wilson, Esq.                        Honorable Stanley L. Hill, Sr.

National Education Director                                      PUSH Excel Oratorical Society Chairperson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone may not remember their speech as time goes on, but the confidence and skills they gain just by participating will never leave them. They will understand how special it was that people who did not even know them took the time to reward their efforts; enriching and allowing them to see themselves as people of dignity, intelligence and beauty.

 

It is important that each participant experiences being listened to, being spoken to respectfully, receiving appropriate attention and affection and having accomplishments recognized and mistakes and failures acknowledged and the process of building healthy self-esteem. With this exposure, they are able to proceed with confidence, benevolence and optimism, and be more ambitious to reach their goals. Encouraged by an inspiring “succeeding-against-the-odds message” that will live “through every line of pain and glory” they will increase their capacity to be happy and to treat other people with respect, kindness and goodwill, thus favoring rich interpersonal relationships and avoiding destructive ones.

 

And for those who volunteer their time when they have no obligation of blood or friendship to do so, if there is a heaven (and I truly believe there is), there will always be a place there for those who do. Together we have it in our power to influence the destiny of our world.

 

Level One Grades K – 3

Level Two Grades 4 – 6

Level Three Grades 7 – 8

Level Four Grades 9 – 12

Level Five Grades College – Lifelong Learners

 

 

We invite you to attend the Saturday Morning Forum Broadcast, shown on the Impact Network, Channel 488 (Chicago), at 10:00 a.m. To view our Saturday Broadcast in your area of the country, please check your local listings for times and channels.  We are also live stream on www.impactnetwork.com or www.rainbowpush.org.

 

Oratory Classes conducted at the following locations…

  • Rainbow PUSH Coalition National Headquarters 930 East 50th Street, Chicago, IL 60615 every Saturday from 9 – 10 a.m. 
  • Friendship Baptist Church, 5200 West Jackson Street, Chicago, IL 60644 every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • Hartford Memorial Baptist Church 18700 James Couzens Freeway, Detroit, MI 48235 every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

 

Register your youngster for oratorical classes and weekly coaching sessions by contacting Ms. Michelle Chambers, Program Coordinator at 773-256-2762, or email: mchambers@rainbowpush.org

 

We look forward to your student(s) participating and showcasing their phenomenal talent.

 

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SECTION I:  QUALIFICATIONS AND LEVELS FOR CONTESTANTS

  1. The Contest is open to students of all ages. Participants must recite an excerpt from one of the pre-approved selection of speeches.

 

  1. Contestant Levels:

Level 1, Grades K-3:   One-Two Minutes

Contestants will be penalized 1 point deduction for each 15 seconds or portion over or under allotted limit if their speech is less than 30 seconds or greater than 2 minutes 30 seconds.

 

Level 2, Grades 4-6:  Two-Four Minutes

Contestants will be penalized 1 point deduction for each 15 seconds or portion over or under the allotted time if their speech is less than 1 minute 30 seconds or greater than 4 minutes 30 seconds.

 

Level 3, Grades 7-8:  Three-Five Minutes

Contestants will be penalized 1 point deduction for each 15 seconds or portion over or under the allotted time if their speech is less than 2 minutes 30 seconds or greater than 5 minutes 30 seconds.

 

Level 4, Grades 9-12: Four-Six Minutes

Contestants will be penalized 1 point deduction for each 15 seconds or portion over or under the allotted time if their speech is less than 3 minutes 30 seconds or greater than 6 minutes 30 seconds.

 

Level 5, Grades College-Lifelong Learners: Five-Seven Minutes

Contestants will be penalized 1 point deduction for each 15 seconds or portion over or under the allotted time if their speech is less than 4 minutes 30 seconds or greater than 7minutes 30 seconds.

 

SECTION II: CONTEST RULES

  1. All contestants must memorize and recite from memory an excerpt of any of the attached speeches.
  2. A speech must be delivered in English.
  3. All contestants must state their selected speech before beginning their speech in order for the timekeeper to record the exact time of the speech. A 3-point penalty is automatically assessed by the timekeeper for failure to identify the selected speech.
  4. The use of props, special costumes or clothing, or the use of prompters will not be permitted. Notes may not be used. The penalty will be disqualification.
  5. Contestants going over or under will not be cautioned. This penalty will be determined by the official timekeeper.
  6. Timing will begin immediately after the selected speech is expressed. Any salutation to the judges, audience, etc. should precede the announcement of the selected speech. Timing will stop when the contestant finishes.
  7. No reference can be made that identifies the student, parents, school or community. This will result in a deduction of 5 points.
  8. Contestants shall not be identified by name until after the last oration has been presented and all score sheets are out of the possession of judges.
  9. Any protest in the conduct of this contest must be made immediately after the condition is noted. Protest received after the next contestant has been introduced, or in the case of the last contestant, after the judges leave to total the score, will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  10. The Contest Chairperson will decide all protests in accordance with the official rules. The decision of the Contest Chair is final and no higher appeals will be recognized.
  11. Contestants may register for Oratory Class/Competition by submitting the class entry form to Michelle Chambers PHONE: 773-256-2762 cell: 773-263-9238 OR by mail to 930 East 50th Street, Chicago, IL 60615, by fax: (773) 256-2762 or by email: mchambers@rainbowpush.org
  12. The Contest Chairperson will decide all protests in accordance with the official rules. The decision of the Contest Chair is final and no higher appeals will be recognized.
  13. See Judge Stanley Hill Instructional Video on YouTube for instructions on how to use the contestants score sheet attached.