ACSI Speech Meet

Enlightium Academy (EA) is partnering with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) to provide students with the opportunity to compete in a speech meet with other EA students, as well as students from other schools. The ACSI Speech Meet seeks to teach students skills in speech, which includes not just what we say but how we say it.

Who can participate?

Who can participate?

Any student in grades 1–6 can participate in the Speech Meet.

When is the Speech Meet?

When is the Speech Meet?

There will be two rounds for the 2018–19 school year:

Round 1

Round 1

  • Students will submit video speeches during the first round. EA teachers and staff will judge these entries to identify the top performers in each category and grade
    • Videos are due by Sunday, January 20th, 2019
  • Students in PreK and grades 7–12 will not have a Speech Meet during the 2018–19 school year
  • Top performers from Round 1 will receive a certificate and an invite to compete on behalf of Enlightium Academy at the ACSI Speech Meet

Round 2

Round 2

  • This event will be held against other schools as part of the ACSI competition.
    • Location: Calvary Day School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    • Time: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Note: Students are encouraged to participate in Round 1 even if they are not able to participate in Round 2.

 

Round 1 - Enlightium Academy Speech Meet (Video Entry)

 

General Information

General Information

Participants: Any EA student in grades 1–6
Deadline for registration: Sunday, December 23rd at 11:59 pm PT
Due date for videos: Sunday, January 20th at 11:59 pm PT
Cost: Free

Important details for Round 1

Important details for Round 1

  • EA will send information detailing submission rules and guidelines
  • For the 2018–19 school year, EA’s speech meet is only available for students in grades 1–6

Steps for Registering

Steps for Registering

  1. Ensure you read and comprehend all the information on this page
  2. Submit the 2018–19 EA Speech Meet Registration Form by the deadline - Sunday, December 23rd at 11:59 pm PT
  3. Review the resources and regulations section
  4. Email the completed video to Mr. Lambert at t.lambert@enlightiumacademy.com by the deadline - Sunday, January 20th at 11:59 pm PT


Round 1 Contact

Round 1 Contact

Ms. Bunker
Bible Teacher
c.bunker@enlightiumacademy.com

 

Round 2 - On-Site Speech Meet

 

General Information

General Information

Participants: The top 2 participants in each category from Round 1 for each grade level. In the event that a participant will not be able to attend, the runner-up will receive the invitation.
Deadline for registration: TBD
Cost: Free; families will need to need to pay for travel, lodging, and food for their student and attendees
Location: Calvary Day School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Event date: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Important details

Important details

  • All students should be accompanied by an adult for the event
  • The event is organized by the Association of Christian Schools International

Steps for Registering

Steps for Registering

  1. Ensure you read and comprehend all the information on this page
  2. Additional information will be emailed to participating families, such as where and when to meet with Mr. Lambert

Round 2 Contact

Round 2 Contact

Mr. Lambert
Vice Principal
t.lambert@enlightiumacademy.com

 

Category Descriptions

Poetry (Grades 1–6)

Students must begin their presentations by announcing the title and author. No further explanation is necessary. Students should make the poem come alive through facial and vocal expressions. Some gestures and body movements may be appropriate to enhance the presentation but are not required. When used, gestures and body movements should be for emphasis, not to draw “word pictures” with the hands or to act out a scene. Gestures should not be overdone—the face and voice should tell the story. (The speech should be a natural interpretive presentation, with no excessive exaggeration. See Section A of Judge’s Evaluation form.) Note: Body movement refers to shrugging shoulders, etc.; students do not walk about during the presentation. The entire presentation must be memorized. See the ACSI Elementary Speech Poetry Sampler for sample poems. Comparable material may be chosen from other sources, such as The Children’s Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett (1995, New York: Simon and Schuster) and Bedtime Hugs for Little Ones by Debby Boone (2004; Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers), as well as Christian text (such as language arts and reading) publishers as sources. Internet sources are permitted as long as required copyright policy is followed. Selections must be truth-telling (Philippians 4:8) and must be approved by the school coordinator. If there is any question, please see the chairperson for approval.

Bible Memorization (Grades 1–6)

The student begins with a brief introduction that includes stating the Scripture reference and the Bible version. No other introduction is required. The student will then recite the Scripture, following it with a concluding explanation (in his or her own words) of one or two sentences. As the student prepares, adult help may be necessary to explain the passage, but the student must express the meaning in his or her own words, not those of the adult. Facial and vocal expressions and good speech techniques should be evident. Gestures are not required, and only minimal natural speaking gestures are appropriate. The presentation is not to be dramatized.

Bible memorization verses may be selected, per grade level, from the ACSI Elementary Speech Bible Memorization Sampler.

Scripture passages must come from one of the following Bible versions. Students may select other passages as they wish.

• King James Version (KJV)
• New King James Version (NKJV)
• English Standard Version (ESV)
• New American Standard Bible (NASB)
• New International Version (NIV)

Fable and Folklore (Grades 2–4)

Students must begin their presentations by announcing the title, author, or source of the story (Aesop, etc.), and moral application or introductory information regarding the selection. Students should make the presentation come alive through facial and vocal expressions. Some gestures and body movements may be appropriate to enhance the presentation but are not required. When used, gestures and body movements should be for emphasis, not to draw “word pictures” with the hands or to act out a scene. Gestures should not be overdone—the face and voice should tell the story. (The speech should be a natural interpretive presentation, with no excessive exaggeration. See Section A of Judge’s Evaluation form.) Body movement refers to shrugging shoulders, etc.; students should not walk about during the presentation. The entire
presentation must be memorized. Optional: moral application can be given at the beginning or the end.

Note: See the ACSI Elementary Speech Fables and Folklore Sampler for sample pieces. Comparable material may be chosen from other sources if approved by school coordinator, and the teacher may compose a moral application for the student to present.

Patriotic Oration (Grades 5–6)

This category is for patriotic material written by or presented by famous persons.

All presentations must begin with an introduction consisting of two to three sentences. The introduction should include the title and some background information regarding the time or circumstance surrounding the speech. The background does not have to be original material by the student. The ACSI Elementary Speech Patriotic Oration Sampler provides this background for several of the selections in the italicized paragraph prior to the body of the article. For those articles without such information, the background must be provided through knowledge or research (adult assistance permitted).

Facial and vocal expressions and good speech techniques should be evident, as well as an obvious patriotic spirit arising from the presentation. Gestures, if used, should be appropriate for a patriotic speech, and not for the purpose of dramatizing the presentation. The entire presentation must be memorized.

See the ACSI Elementary Speech Patriotic Oration Sampler for sample orations. Comparable material may be chosen from other sources, such as the Book of America Series I and II. Selections must not be controversial and must be approved by the school coordinator. If there is any question, please see the chairperson for approval. Length of selections should be approximately 300–500 words. (Patriotic poems are not appropriate for this category.)

Dramatic Bible Prose (Grades 5–6)

All presentations must begin with an introduction. The introduction shall include the title and scripture address from which the story is found.

This category is for the dramatic presentation of a Bible story, in the form of a speech or an interpretation, but it is not to be acted out as in a play. The student is not to walk about. The presentation is given by one student, working alone. No costume or prop is permitted. The student should make the selection come alive by mentally becoming a part of the story.
Appropriate gestures may be used to enhance the presentation, but they should not be overdone. The entire presentation, including an introduction of the title, must be memorized.

See the ACSI Elementary Speech Dramatic Bible Prose Sampler for sample selections. Comparable selections may be chosen from other published materials and must be approved by the school coordinator. Selections should be approximately 300–500 words in length. Students may also select passages out of The Message or the New Living Translation.

Original Speech (Grades 5–6)

Entries for the original speech category must be written and presented by one student. The speech should be at least 300 words and not more than 500 words in length. Three copies of each original speech must be submitted with the participation forms, and each judge must receive a copy well in advance of the student’s presentation. The student should announce both the speech topic and the speech title. An original speech entered in this category is a persuasive, informative, or inspirational essay with an introduction, body, and conclusion. The body should contain two to five points. While the speech is not intended to be a sermon, the speech must reflect Christian principles and/or Christian influence. [Note: The chairperson has the responsibility and authority to disqualify the original speech entry if the content is deemed inappropriate for the ACSI Elementary Speech Meet.]

Quotations from the Bible or other sources (e.g., outstanding patriots of our nation, news sources, or commentaries) may be used to support the writer’s position, but no more than 60 words of quoted material may be used.

The presentation of the speech should include facial and vocal expression in addition to good speech techniques. Gestures, if used, should be minimal (those natural for a speech situation) and be for emphasis only. Topics for the speech are limited to those listed. Students may select their own title (the examples given may be used for themes or titles).

Speech Topics Example Titles (select one):

Church

My Place in the Local Church
Is Regular Attendance Really Necessary?
The Church: Ministry or Social Registry?

Our Nation

Under God, In God We Trust
A Patriot I Admire
Freedom or Chains
Why I’m Proud of My Country

Friendship

Choosing the Right Leader to Follow
Choosing Who Will Control You
Somebody Is Out There
The Greatest Gift I Ever Received

Entertainment

Christians Can Have Fun
Finding Satisfaction in the Christian Life
Accent the Positive, Nix the Negative

Family

Family Communication
The Necessity of the Family
The Art of Listening
Love in Action

Christian Walk

A House Not Made with Hands
What Is a Disciple?
“Magnify the Lord with Me”
Character Without Compromise

Bible Memorization

Scripture passages must come from one of the following Bible versions:
• King James Version (KJV)
• New King James Version (NKJV)
• New American Standard Bible (NASB)
• New International Version (NIV)
• English Standard Version (ESV)

These are sample selections. Students may select comparable pieces.

Grades 1 and 2

Joshua 24:14–16
Psalm 1
Psalm 9:7–10
Psalm 23
Psalm 27:1–3
Psalm 27:4–6
Psalm 37:23–26
Psalm 86:11–13
Psalm 95:3–7
Psalm 100
Psalm 121:1–4
Proverbs 3:1–6
Isaiah 41:9–10
Isaiah 43:10–13
Isaiah 53:1–6
Matthew 5:43–48
Matthew 6:19–21
Matthew 16:13–16
Matthew 22:37–40
Matthew 24:42–44
John 14:1–6 Acts 1:8–11
Acts 4:10–12
Romans 3:23–26
Romans 15:5–7
2 Corinthians 5:17–21
Galatians 5:13–15
Ephesians 6:1–3
Philippians 4:6–8
Colossians 3:1–4
James 1:22–25
James 5:13–16
1 John 3:16–20 1:3–11

Grades 3 and 4

1 Samuel 12:1–10
2 Samuel 22:31–37
Psalm 19:7–14
Psalm 37:1–9
Psalm 51:1–12
Psalm 67:1–7
Psalm 103:1–12
Psalm 119:1–8
Psalm 119:9–16
Psalm 145:1–12
Proverbs 2:1–8
Malachi 3:6–12
Matthew 5:3–12
Matthew 7:15–21
Mark 10:17–27
Luke 12:22–28
Luke 19:1–10
John 1:6–14
John 6:32–40
Romans 5:1–11
1 Corinthians 11:23–29
1 Corinthians 13
Ephesians 4:22–32
Ephesians 6:11–18
Philippians 1:12–21
Philippians 3:7–14
Colossians 3:12–17
1 Thessalonians 4:13–17
2 Timothy 4:1–8
Hebrews 3:7–15
Hebrews 4:12–16
1 Peter 2:11–17

Grades 5 and 6

Psalm 15
Psalm 19:1–11
Psalm 33:1–12
Psalm 34:1–15
Psalm 96
Psalm 119:1–12
Psalm 139:1–14
Proverbs 3:13–26
Proverbs 4:13–27
Ecclesiastes 3:1–12
Isaiah 42:1–8
Isaiah 53
Matthew 6:25–33
Matthew 14:22–33
Luke 8:5–15
Acts 17:22–31
Romans 8:28–39
1 Corinthians 12:4–13
Galatians 5:16–25
Ephesians 3:14–21
Ephesians 4:1–15
Ephesians 4:17–24
Ephesians 5:15–21
Philippians 2:5–16
Colossians 1:9–14
Colossians 2:6–15
2 Timothy 2:14–26
Hebrews 11:1–10
Hebrews 12:1–11
James 3:1–12
James 4:1–10
James 5:13–20
1 Peter 1:10–25
1 Peter 1:3–12
1 Peter 4:12–19
2 Peter 1:3–11