Speech Program 2019

Registration is Now OPEN


Registration is open for the first 100 Visitation and PREP students in 6th, 7th or 8th grade Our speech program runs for 9 sessions on Sunday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in our Jr High School.

Registration is on a first come basis. Please log into your account on Sports Illustrated Play, www.visitationbvm.siplay.com, to register and make sure your information is current. If you need help with the registration process, please contact Cheryll Fisher, Registrar, at www.visitationregistrar@gmail.com.

During the first half of the program, cycle 1, participants are given an excerpt from a famous speech to prepare and present. The second half of the program, cycle 2, is dedicated to oral interpretation of literature. In other words, the student prepares and presents material that is of personal interest. Since our time is short, speech team members must be committed to attending all 9 sessions and complete all at home assignments. Parents must be willing to work with their sons and daughters at home by watching them practice their speeches and helping them to do the research for their original pieces.The moderators try to make speech a fun experience, but it is by no means a social gathering time. It is a great opportunity for young people who want to improve their public speaking skills. Students are required to memorize both their excerpt and original pieces which means, that they will need to dedicate time at home to this program. We often have over 100 students involved; so students and parents need to be aware of the time and commitment of the adult and teenage volunteers who keep the speech team going. Students are required to respect the classrooms that the teachers so graciously allow us to use and the moderators who are giving of their time and expertise. Under the discretion of the moderators, a participant could be asked to leave the program if they are not abiding by the standards. 

Final evening, is an evening set aside for the speech team members to show their talents to you, their parents. It is a formal event and only "Sunday best" should be worn by the participants. Being a part of Final Evening is also a mandatory requirement.