Speech Tournament

Every year in spring, PVEF hosts a 3rd Grade Speech Tournament with the Pleasant Valley School District. You will hear from your school when registration begins. The top 30% of participting 3rd graders from each public school in the Camarillo area compete in their chosen category at a city-wide tournament (private schools are also welcome to compete). Students may choose to compete in the following categories:

  • Poetry (two categories) - the most popular and competitive category, the student can choose to recite an original or published poem of no more than 1 to 2 minutes in length (Short Poetry) or 2 to 3-1/2 minutes in length (Long Poetry).
  • Storytelling - the student memorizes a story (could be a favorite storybook from early childhood!) of no more than 4 minutes in length, and is encouraged to use gestures and different "voices" for an engaging presentation.
  • Expository - students prepare a "how to" or informative speech about a hobby or favorite subject that is no more than 5 minutes in length. This is the only category in which the student can use props or costumes.
  • Dual Speaking - two speakers work together to tell a story or divide up the lines in a favorite poem. No more than 5 minutes maximum.

If your child wishes to compete in the annual PVEF Speech Tournament, please contact your child's teacher or your school's designated speech coach for participation information.

For more information, please contact Karen Allen, Tournament Co-Chair at alwaysbusy1716@gmail.com 

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