Speech Team is a
fun, non-threatening way to gain public speaking experience. It
is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! For over 20 years, St.
Vincent de Paul school has had a Speech Team that participates
in contests held by three local Catholic High Schools (Bishop
Blanchet, Seattle Prep, and Eastside Catholic). St. Vincent’s
has won awards in Original Oratory, Duo Interpretive, Dramatic
Reading, Humorous Reading, Storybook, and had the “Best Overall
Boy” and “Best Overall Girl” at the Seattle Prep. Tournament
HOW YOU DO IT. . .
• Beginning in October,
we meet once per week to practice speaking skills. The season
goes through February
• Select an event or two in which to
• Practice your speech(es) at home and at meetings
• Participate in speech competitions - one in December, one in
January, and one in February
• Please check out the PDF
documents on this webpage: SignUp form and Coaches document
Volunteer Coach: Vic Ducusin EMAIL me at
Tournaments: Elocution contests are one-day events on Saturdays
at the sponsoring high school. Students usually participate in
2-3 events varying from “interpretive readings” to “informative
presentations” to “impromptu”. Student costs vary per contest.
Speech club members are encouraged to participate in the
contests but are not obligated to do so.
WHAT DO I GET
OUT OF PARTICIPATING IN SPEECH TEAM?
Speech team offers
a great deal to its participants! Below is a list of the
numerous benefits of participating in St. Vincent de Paul’s
Speech Team for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
team, you will…
• Have fun!
• Prepare for public speaking
in a non-threatening environment
• Build and refine both
written and verbal communication skills
organize ideas and express them in conversation
• Meet other
students from Catholic schools in the Archdiocese
• Become a
• Increase your standard of excellence,
integrity, and professionalism
• Develop interpersonal and
group skills necessary for successful personal, school, and
• Improve your self-expression,
performance, and presentation (including acting) skills
Improve your research and organizational skills
• Build your
ability to motivate and persuade
• Increase your self
• Develop literary interpretation skills
Strive to win awards
• Work as part of a team. Students have
to work together and encourage each other to win events
cannot become a better speaker through self-improvement alone
All of these benefits are enduring and life-long!
However, the skills the students develop vary somewhat depending
upon the events they do and the effort that they put into it.
Mr. Ducusin, while committed to developing a strong, victorious
team which benefits the students on many levels, firmly believes
that the speech team should be first and foremost, fun for
IS SPEECH FOR YOU?
Because Speech has so many categories, it caters to all types of
• Introverts looking to be more outgoing
• Intellectuals wanting an opportunity to continue learning
Comedians and Creative Writers looking for an outlet
Performers looking to be center stage
• Socialites looking to
make more friends
• Anyone who is willing to work hard, show
a positive attitude, and have fun
• Speech can be a great
activity for all types of personalities!!!