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  2013 Public Speaking Contestants

2013 Public Speaking Contest

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The topic for this year’s contest is solar energy. According to the International Energy Agency more than 56 percent of the world's energy is currently being produced by the burning of fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels emits pollution into the atmosphere which presents serious environmental problems. As a result, it is necessary for the United States and other countries to find cleaner burning renewable resources.

Students have been appointed to the State of Florida Energy Office to research and develop solar energy in the state of Florida. Please formulate a plan, providing action steps and factual evidence to promote solar energy generation and enhance solar market conditions.


Submit a completed registration form (below) along with a speech summary and/or one-minute video summarizing the speech, to by Friday April 5, 2013.

The top 20 entries will be selected and notified by Friday April 12.

The competition will take place on *Friday May 17 at 9:30 am in the 11th floor conference room at the Florida Atlantic University Fort Lauderdale Campus at 11 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33301

*Please note the change from the original date of May 10. We changed the date to help accomodate for AP testing.

Official Rules

• Speeches must be 4 to 6 minutes long. Speeches over or under limit will be penalized.
• Speeches must be relevant to the theme.
• In order to insure impartiality in judging, personal information such as name and school shall
not be stated during the speech. Infraction will be taken during scoring for violation of this rule.
• No visual aids are allowed. Note cards should only be used as a back up.

Judging Criteria
The Broward County Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division has created a
standard scoring sheet to be used for the competition. Speeches will be judged on content and
speaking skills as described on the score sheet below.
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