The Kentucky Rough Riders, a club dedicated to the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt through study of historic and current events, is hosting a speech contest for area high school seniors at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center, located in the Owensboro Museum of Science and History, 122 E. Second St., Owensboro.
Cash prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners in the amounts of $500, $200 and $100. The first-place winner will also receive a bronze-finish bust of Theodore Roosevelt. Winners will be invited to deliver their speeches at an upcoming meeting of the Kentucky Rough Riders; and personalized keepsakes will be presented to all participants.
In addition to offering scholarship awards to the top three finishers, the contest also offers students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their oral communication, research and interdisciplinary skills, which are essential for civic leadership, social awareness and success in postsecondary education, business and professional endeavors.
The contest is open to all high school students who will graduate as members of the Class of 2015 and who plan to continue their educations beyond high school. High schools in Daviess County and surrounding areas are invited to be represented by up to three students each.
A panel of judges composed of educators, community leaders and members of the Kentucky Rough Riders will select winners. Criteria will include effective communication of ideas, proper use of voice and articulation, originality, significance of topic, accuracy of facts and adherence to the five-minute time limit.
The entry deadline is Friday, April 17.