Congratulations to the 2017 Student Speech Contest Grand Prize Winners!

Our finalists will be posted on our YouTube channel periodically. Please check back for updates!

Leighton Little
Ages 5–7 Traditional
U.S.A. (North Carolina)

Leighton will use his $500 leadership grant to help fund travel for his track team to attend the 2017 USATF Junior Olympics.

Om Hyatt
Ages 5–7 Creative
U.S.A. (California)

Om will donate his $500 leadership grant towards a children's hospital.

Rylee Adams
Ages 8–10 Traditional
U.S.A (Missouri)

Rylee will invest his $500 leadership grant in a college fund. He will also share a portion with his school and grandparents.

Eric Dutra
Ages 8–10 Creative

Eric will use his $500 leadership grant to help his school buy interesting books and to his brother for a new violin.

Melissa Hernandez
Ages 11–14 Traditional
U.S.A. (California)

Melissa will use her $500 leadership grant to start a college fund to help her pursue a career she wants.

Ayesha Dinda Kiarra
Ages 11–14 Creative

Ayesha will use her $500 leadership grant to send books to kids in remote areas of Indonesia so they can read books too.

Ivonne Alejandra De Leon Hernandez
Ages 15–18 Traditional

Ivonne will use her $500 leadership grant to purchase personal school supplies.

Jose Raul Conde
Ages 15–18 Creative

Jose will use his $500 leadership grant towards his own student fund.

The 2017 Student Speech Contest

Students are challenged to submit a video of their speech on an engaging leadership topic they care about. One or more students should be featured on the video (no parents or teachers). Rather than recite the 7 Habits®, students are encouraged to speak on great examples or principles of leadership. Here are some ideas for potential leadership topics:

• One idea that could change the world.
• How I can lead those around me.
• Why everyone can be a leader.
• What leadership means to me.
• A leader who has inspired me.
• A problem I want to solve.

Win a $500 Leadership Grant!

How can you make a difference? A leadership grant will be awarded to eight students to help demonstrate leadership in action at home, at school, or in the community. Participants should first consider what they would do with the grant (if they won) and submit their plans for its use during the entry-form process. The decision is up to the student, but here are a few suggestions to make a difference as a leader:

• Identify and fix a problem that exists at school.
• Donate the money as a charitable contribution.
• Organize a service project in the community.
• Purchase personal school supplies.
• Help a class member in need.
• Contribute to a college fund.

Why hold a speech contest?

Speaking in public is a great leadership skill. Leader in Me Schools everywhere develop their students with opportunities to speak at Leadership Days, Symposia, assemblies, and in the classroom. FranklinCovey encourages all Leader in Me students to continue improving this skill set with this contest.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any student throughout the world (ages 5 to 18) who attends a licensed Leader in Me School is eligible to participate. Parents (or guardians) are encouraged to assist, but the student must do the majority of the work!

Rules and Guidelines

The following rules and guidelines will help parents (or guardians) support participating students, to produce a great video that the viewer can see and hear clearly:

1. Prepare a great message.

• Identify an inspiring leadership topic that will resonate with the audience.
• Don't just recite the 7 Habits, focus on the application of principles.
• The content can be delivered by one or more students (as long as there are signed release and parent permission forms for ALL individuals in the video).
• Avoid sensitive topics that could be perceived as disrespectful, threatening, exclusive or offensive toward any person, group, or organization (e.g. political, religious, etc.).
• Seek permission and/or mention the source of any third-party content referenced during the speech.

2. Deliver a great speech.

• Think of creative ways to make the presentation memorable, impactful, engaging, and unique.
• Maintain great eye contact, use appropriate gestures, and speak clearly with expression.
• Consider visuals (slides, posters, background, objects) that might strengthen the message.
• Memorize the speech.
• Deliver the speech in English.

3. Produce a quality video.

• The video should be about two minutes or less in length.
• Make a great video with a reliable camera, clear audio, and quality video (we must be able to see and hear you clearly)!
• Standard video formats include: MOV (.mov), MPEG-4 (.mp4), FLV (.flv), or WMV (.wmv).
• The video must be absent of third-party intellectual property or copyright-protected content (logos on shirts, brands visible in background etc.).

4. Submit the entry.

• Complete the official entry form.
• Print and upload signed release / parent permission forms for ALL individuals in the video.
• Prepare and upload the video speech in an acceptable format.
• Note: Participants and parents (or guardians) agree to give FranklinCovey ownership of video content.

Contest Judging

Eight grand prize winners will be announced on May 1, 2017. The winners will be selected by a panel at FranklinCovey Education using a judging rubric with two criteria: 1) message and 2) presentation. (Be sure we can see and hear you clearly in the video!) Winners will be selected in the following age groups:

• Ages 5 to 7: Two students will win a $500 leadership grant.
• Ages 8 to 10: Two students will win a $500 leadership grant.
• Ages 11 to 14: Two students will win a $500 leadership grant.
• Ages 15 to 18: Two students will win a $500 leadership grant.

NOTE: All grand prize winners and finalists will be featured on The Leader in Me Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Channel!


Judging Rubric (PDF)

Consent Form (PDF)

Contest Promotion Package (Flyer and Banner Ads)

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