2019-2020 Speech Topic

What is Heroism?

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2019-2020 Speech Topic

What is Heroism?

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High School Student Speech Competition

Our Youth Speech Competition provides an opportunity for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 to speak publicly and freely on a designated topic of general interest.

The competition starts at the local club or school level and proceeds through several levels of competition ending several months later with a state wide competition. In between there are zone, region, and district levels of competitions where the winner of each level has the opportunity to proceed to the next level.

Eligibility

The competition is open to all students who reside within or attend school located within MD33, including foreign exchange, charter school, private school, home schooled, or independent study students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, provided they are sponsored by a Massachusetts Lions or Leo Club. Students must be enrolled in a high school grade equivalent when entering the competition at the club or school level in order to be eligible to compete in all levels of the competition.

A student can participate in only one club level competition in a school year. Each Club in the District may sponsor one student beyond the club level competition. A club may decide to sponsor students outside its geographical boundary.

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Prizes and Awards

There are prizes and/or awards for each contestant at every level of competition. The prizes at the State Competition are $1,500 to the winner and $500 to each runner up. Prizes at other level of competition are at the discretion of the Clubs or District Governor.

Best in the State

The competition culminates with five statewide district winners vying for the title of BEST IN THE STATE at the annual Lions State Convention.

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Statewide Participation

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Massachusetts (known as Lions Multiple District 33 or MD33) is divided into five separate Lions Districts.

  • 33-Y – western Massachusetts
  • 33-A – central Massachusetts
  • 33-N – the northeast & North Shore of Massachusetts
  • 33-K – the greater Boston area
  • 33-S – the southeast, including Cape Cod and the islands

Each District has between 30 and 60 clubs, each of which is permitted to conduct a local Lions Youth Speech Competition. During each school year, we have approximately 400 students from across the state participate in our competition.

The levels of competition follow these guidelines:

Competition Participants Outcome
Club competition typically 4 to 6 participants one qualifier per club
Zone competition typically 4 to 6 clubs per zone two qualifiers per zone
Region competition typically 2 zones one qualifier per region
District competition typically 5 regions one qualifier per district
State competition 5 districts one winner

Youth Speech Documentation

2019-2020

Below are booklets, forms, and other information that you are welcome to download. If you do not have a PDF reader program on your computer, click here to download a free version of Adobe® Reader™.

Contact Information

Lions Multiple District 33 Youth Speech Competition Committee

State Committee Chairperson

PCT Marie Wagner

978-809-7864

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WHO TO CONTACT?

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Click on the buttons below each of the contact names to see a list of the Lions Clubs in each district.

Lions District 33-Y

PDG Pamela Hodgkins
413-834-2011

Lions District 33-A

Emerson Wheeler
508-450-9650

Lions District 33-N

PCT Alice Gaudet 978-979-8710

PCS Jerry O’Connor 978-979-8711

Lions District 33-K

Roxana & Mike Camporeale
508-877-8279

Lions District 33-S

PCT Bob Coluci 781-754-0725

Jane Otis 508-320-1654

Competition Schedule

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Our state-wide Youth Speech Competition provides an opportunity for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 to speak publicly and freely on a designated topic of general interest.

The competition starts at the local club or school level and proceeds through several levels of competition ending several months later with a state wide competition. In between there are zone, region, and district levels of competitions where the winner of each level has the opportunity to proceed to the next level.

As a guide, competitions are typically conducted within the following time frame:

Competition Time Frame
Club or School Four (4) weeks prior to the Zone Competition
Zone Two (2) weeks prior to the Region Competition
Region Two (2) weeks prior to the District Competition
District District Mid-Winter Conference (usually Jan or Feb)
State State Convention (usually Apr or May)