The Heidelberg University Speech Team currently competes in National Forensics Association individual events. The team travels to major tournaments throughout Ohio and occasionally the Midwest. Additionally, Heidelberg frequently travels to the Pi Kappa Delta (speech honorary) National Tournament located at various schools across the country.
The speech team at Heidelberg has a rich tradition that can be traced directly back to our local fraternities and societies in the 1800s. One of the current goals of Heidelberg’s speech team program is to cultivate and renew interest in student participation regardless of one’s major or previous experience. Through the years, Heidelberg has built on a tradition of excellence to become a respected competitor on the State and National level.
In the past five years, Heidelberg students have won 106 individual trophies.
- Team 2nd Place in the Novice State Tournament and 3rd Place in the Varsity State Tournament
- Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament - Hannah Long-Higgins, Ashley Racicot and Colin Higgins – Earned trophies in 9 of 9 events entered in a field of over 2,000 entries from 30+ Universities
- State Champion – Meredith Higgins – Programmed Oral Interpretation
- Team – 2nd Place in the Novice State Tournament (entire novice team this year)
- State Champions – Dinah Adams - Persuasive Speaking, Bethany Beaver – After Dinner Speaking, Colin Higgins and Dinah Adams – Duo Interpretation
- Team – 2nd Place in Novice State Tournament and 3rd Place in the Varsity State Tournament
- Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament - Hannah Long-Higgins and Ashley Racicot – Earned trophies in 7 of 7 events entered in a field of over 1,500 entries
- State Champion – Ashley Racicot – Programmed Oral Interpretation
- Team 1st Place in the Novice State Tournament and 1st Place in the Varsity State Tournament
- State Champions – Tunde Adedipe – Impromptu Speaking and Hannah Long Higgins – Programmed Oral interpretation
- Pi Kappa Delta National Champion – Gabby Mintz – Persuasive Speaking
- Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament – Gabby Mintz, Ray Ouelette and Mac Henry – Earned trophies in 9 of 9 events entered in a field of more than 1,500 entries
- Team - 3rd Place Novice State Tournament (did not attend State Varsity that year)
Public Speaking Events
- Persuasion: An original persuasive speech delivered without note which was not used previous to the current academic year.
- After-Dinner Speaking: An after-dinner speech is a creative original speech given without notes for the purpose of evoking amusement and/or laughter on the part of the audience. It is not a humorous monologue, but rather a speech aimed at a specific purpose that attempts to achieve that purpose through a light touch.
- Informative Speaking: A factual speech whose primary purpose is to inform the audience about a specific subject. No topic limitation within the area of what would be appropriate for public audiences.
- Communication Analysis: Contestants will present analysis which applies to student's knowledge of rhetorical communication principles to a communication event or artifact, such as, a speech, speaker, movement, campaign, or printed communication matter.
Limited Preparation Events
- Impromptu Speaking: Contestants will receive short excerpts or questions of topics of general interest and have 7 minutes to divide between preparation and speaking. The speech should be at least 3 minutes long.
- Extemporaneous Speaking: Contestants will draw 30 minutes before they speak. They will select one from the topics drawn. Speeches will be seven minutes in length. Students may not consult with others though they may consult whatever materials are available.
Oral Interpretation Events
- Oral Interpretation of Prose: A selection or selections of prose material of literary merit, which may be drawn from more than one source.
- Oral Interpretation of Poetry: A selection or selections of poetry of literary merit, which may be drawn from more than one source.
- Dramatic DUO Interpretation: A cutting (scene) from a play, humorous or serious, involving the portrayal of two characters presented by two individuals. This is not an acting event thus, no costumes, props, lighting, etc.
- Programmed Oral Interpretation: A program of thematically-linked selections of literary merit, chosen from two or three recognized genres of competitive interpretation (prose/poetry/drama). Use of manuscript is required.