Youth Speech Contest

Speech Theme: Rotary… Serve to Change Lives

Contestants, who must be in grades 9 – 12, will speak on the Rotary theme: Rotary… Serve to Change Lives. Each Club should hold a contest and select their winners. Club first place winners advance to the area contest held by Assistant Governors. Each first place winner in the Area contests will advance to compete in the District Final Contest.

First, second and third place winners of the District Finals will receive cash awards:

  • $1000 for first place
  • $500 for second
  • $250 for third


Speech Contest Key Dates:

April 9, 2022: Assistant Governor send their entry in the District level contest to contest POC

April 16, 2022: District Level Final Speech Contest

The sponsoring Rotary Club will cover the cost of the student’s participation, coordinate the student’s attendance, and attend with their student at all levels of the contest and the District Conference.

All levels of competition should be held in accordance with local COVID restrictions at the time of each level of contest. Virtual contests may be arranged if most appropriate.

See forms and guidelines posted to the right on this page.

Any other questions may be directed to:
Holly Graf, Youth Contest Chair

Congratulations to the
2021-22 Speech Contest Winners

Olivia Thompson, first place winner

Samiya Mohamed, second place winner
(Fairfax County)

Akale Kinfe, third place winner