Oral Competition Rules
No entries will be accepted for judging which are posted after the deadline for submission. The deadline date will be found on the entry blank.
A club may enter all levels of competition, group and individual; but it may enter only one competitor or selection in each category.
Skit and monologue selections may be traditional (published) or original (written by students and/or sponsor).
Titles of entries must be sent in on the entry form. Once a title has been submitted to the 1st Vice-President Club, the title may not be changed. However, the entrant(s) performing that selection may be changed.
There will be no restricting theme for the competition.
Selections may be oratorical, poetic, dramatic, or humorous, but not musical. Music may be used if it is integral to the selection in group skits, but singing must be incidental to the plot and kept to a minimum.
A school may not perform the same skit two years in a row.
Each entry must be memorized (except Individual Level I) ; notes or prompting disqualify the entry.
No photography, video, or recording is permitted during the competitions.
Entries will be announced by the Historian, Treasurer, Chef de Chant, and Chaplain Clubs. There will be no identification of competitors during competition except by selection and number. Competitors will not be allowed to wear anything signifying that they belong to an officer club or any identifying t-shirts during the competition. Winners will be announced at the final assembly.
If a club is late in arriving for its level of competition, the students may perform, but a written excuse, signed by the club sponsor, must be submitted to the officer club responsible for the competition for consideration by the Executive Board. The Executive Board will decide if the club is to be disqualified and will notify the club before the winners are announced.
No club whose sponsor is not present at the Sponsors’ Meeting during the convention will be eligible for any awards.
Entries will be awarded Supérieur, Très Bien, and Bien solely on the quality of spoken French. If the top competitor’s score is so high that no other prizes are mathematically possible, the judges will award a Grand Prix and compute the rest of the prizes based on the second highest score. Other awards will be given at the judges’ discretion.
Competition is limited to non-native speakers of French. Good judgment should be used in determining if a student is a native speaker or not. If there is any question about how a student should be classified, contact the 1st Vice-President club before sending your entry blank.
Students compete at the level of French in which they are currently enrolled or at a higher level, but not at a lower level. Any student may compete in both individual and group competition, but at only one level in each. For example, a French I student might compete in both Level I individual competition and in the Level II group competition but he could not compete in both Level I group and the Level II group competitions. There will be two separate levels of judging within Levels I and II for both group and individual competitions.
Level IA indicates that all students competing have had no previous French. They must have started their first full year of French in the fall of the academic year in which the convention is held.
Level IB indicates that at least one of the students competing has had some previous academic exposure to French such as elementary or middle school programs of any length. If you have a mixed group, some have had no previous French, others have had French before the current academic year, you must enter Level IB.
A school may have only one entry at Level I individual (A or B) and Level II individual (A or B) and only one entry at Level I /II Group (A or B). The Level I individual (A or B) is a prepared reading.
Level IIA indicates that all of the students competing have passed only one year of French before the current year.
Level IIB indicates that at least one of the students competing has passed more than one year of French before the current academic year, including elementary or middle school programs of any length. If you have a mixed group, some having passed only one year of French and others having passed more than one year before the current academic year, you must enter Level IIB.
If a student has joined his/her French Club, but is not currently taking French, he/she may compete at the next highest level of competition. For example, if a student who has completed two years of French must compete at Level III or above.