2024 Annual Youth Speech Contest

Rotary District 7230 in Partnership with the Appellate Division, First Department and Historical Society of the New York Courts
Open to High School Students Who Live or Attend School in:
Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester County, and Bermuda


Cash prizes will be awarded to the top students in their respective areas. The top prize for each region will be $500 with runner up prizes of $300 and $200.

The first place students in each county will then be scored against one another, and the top students will join the top Bermudian student for an in-person final round at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, June 29, where they will each receive additional cash prizes!


The Contest is open to all high school students who live in or attend school in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester County, and Bermuda.


The deadline to register is Friday, April 19, 2024. The deadline to submit your video is Friday, May 3, 2024.

Upload your speech on our online form.


Speeches  must be between five and seven minutes long. All speeches must be delivered in the English language and contain original research and a strong argument.

Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship: What Can You Do?

Students are asked to answer the following question in their speeches.

Civic participation is essential to self-government. There are many ways to participate and contribute to preserving and protecting democracy, including becoming an informed citizen, voting, serving on a jury, serving in the armed forces, paying taxes, running for office, and public protest/petitioning the government. Examine one (or several) of the rights and duties of citizenship, explore its/their history (including barriers and change over time), and discuss its/their importance and relevance today.

Suggestions to examine:

  • Informed citizenship
  • Voting
  • Jury Service
  • Serving in armed forces
  • Petition government/Public protest
  • Paying taxes
  • Running for Federal/State/Local Political Office
The speech contest is presented in collaboration with Rotary District 7230 and Appellate Division, First Department. 
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