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Speech Contest


Earth Ethics Speech Contest
Advocating for Alternative Energy Sources


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The Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) of Miami Dade College sponsors this contest as a way to engage students in exploring alternatives to traditional energy resources, as well understand alternative resource viability.


1st Place- $200            2nd Place- $150            3rd Place- $50

Special Category Awards (4)- $25 each

Eligibility  All MDC-Wolfson students may participate.

Length: 6-8 minutes Persuasive Speech on the assigned topic

Speech Requirements: Speech must be substantially original work, identifying quoted material while presenting.

No Visual Aids: No visual aids will be permitted during the contest.

Judging:  A panel of five judges from the English, Communication, and Earth Ethics disciplines will score each speech on a standardized critique form.
Criteria Include: content and analysis, delivery, and language

Entry Requirements:  Fill out Cover Sheet and attach 1) your speech outline or manuscript, 2) complete bibliography ( for MLA format), and 3) graded critique from your instructor OR CAC screening (To make a screening appointment, contact Nicole Colston in Rm. 2313, (305) 237-7504, or

Speech Requirements

Topic Area/Specific Purpose: To persuade the audience to advocate and/or adopt a plan for a specific alternative energy resource.

Suggested Focus Areas:


Nuclear Power

Biomass Fuels

Solar Power


Tidal Energy

Wind Energy


Geothermal power

Hybrid/electric cars

Support Material:  Research and support material is necessary for a successful speech.  Be sure to cite all your sources properly during your speech and in a bibliography.

Proper Attire: Dress in a professional manner, please.

Finalist Speech Competition Date:
Tuesday, March 15 beginning at 3:30 pm

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