All 3 academic events contribute to the overall team score for state placement trophies. All necessary forms can be found under the JOIN US page or in the Segunda Circular mailing.
Each student will give a two-minute, non-memorized discourse on a given topic. (click TEMAS for list). Each school may have up to sixteen participants, but ALL registered team members must compete in this area. (See FSSC Constitution Article VIII Section 1A). Since no sponsor or chaperon may attend the impromptu competition, videotaping and photography of this competition is NOT permitted.
The judges will evaluate the student's ability to communicate ideas effectively regardless of language usage, pronunciation and stress, variety of vocabulary and structure agreement, as well as effective use of time.
Students may also compete in an oral presentation of poetry which may not exceed three minutes. Hand motions, movements, voice intonations and costumes to accompany the mood of the recitation are encouraged. Each school may have UP TO SIX participants.
All levels must meet a two-minute minimum time. Anyone not meeting a two-minute minimum time CAN NOT receive a “sobresaliente”.
The only exception to this rule: Category 1A, 1B and 2A students.
Any 1A/B or 2A students not meeting a one-minute minimum time CAN NOT receive a “sobresaliente.
The judges will evaluate the student's pronunciation and stress, proficiency in handling appropriate structure for the level, overall intonation and rhythm, memorization, as well as how well the presentation is supported.
Each school may enter one skit or short play. If the play consists of two or three students, a minimum duration of six minutes is required. If four or more students are in a play a minimum time of eight minutes is required. The maximum time is fifteen minutes for both situations. Plays with prompting or any reading of parts, as well as plays not meeting the minimum time or exceeding maximum may not receive "sobresaliente". In this competition the school will receive triple point value.
The judges will evaluate the students' pronunciation and stress, proficiency in handling structure of language for their level, overall intonation and rhythm, memorization, as well as how well the presentation is supported.
Two judges will rate each participant or group of participants (drama) to award points. Each judge can award up to 20 points for a combined total of 40 points per participant per event. Remember: It is up to each individual judge whether to allow anyone other than the competitors into his or her room for declamation and dramatic presentation. This decision is final and shall be respected.