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Students appearing in any platform competition should observe these important points, as they
will enter into the judging process. Carelessness on these points could detract from an otherwise
excellent presentation. In most categories, males will compete only against males, and females
will compete only against females. A student may not use the same entry in competition if
he/she placed in the top six at the International Student Convention with that entry in a previous
Gentlemen: Dress shirts, ties, and jackets should be worn for all Platform Events with the
1. School uniforms, or a tuxedo with either a vest or cummerbund without a jacket may be worn
2. Jackets are not required for PACE Bowl or Puppets.
3. Jackets and ties are not required in the following categories:
One Act Play, Dramatic Dialogue, Illustrated Storytelling, Clown Act, Famous Speech
Ladies: Nice church outfits should be worn for all Platform Events with the following
1. School uniforms may be worn to perform.
2. Formal attire that meets the modesty requirements for Student Convention may be worn.
3. Formal attire or church outfits are not required in the following categories:
One Act Play, Dramatic Dialogue, Dramatic Monologue, Illustrated Storytelling, Clown
All dummies, puppets, and characters in plays should conform to A.C.E. dress and hair codes
(obvious exceptions: George Washington in powdered wig; apostle Paul in robe, etc.).
Approach—The approach is one of the most important elements in speaking, public reading, or
singing. The contestant should walk confidently and briskly to the podium or front of the room
and establish eye contact, pause for 5-10 seconds, and begin his presentation.
Eye Contact—The contestant should establish rapport with the audience by good eye contact.
He should avoid looking down often at his notes or Bible, at the ceiling, or out of the window.
His eyes should move up and down, back and forth, over the entire audience slowly and
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Posture and Gestures—The rule for posture is DO NOT SLOUCH!! The contestant should
stand straight, but not lock his/her knees. Gestures should be free and flow naturally from
enthusiasm. Natural movements are more effective than forced gestures. Feel free to utilize the
space on the stage or presentation area.
Delivery—The speaker should project his voice, using the diaphragm. Recreate the mood,
experience, emotion, and feelings of the author. Employ voice variations and tempo.
Preparation and study are prerequisites for all speaking, reading, or musical performances.
Research, organization, outline, and familiarity are the elements of preparation. Students
entering any platform competition are encouraged to complete the A.C.E. Speech PACEs (1-6),
Introduction of entry before the judges: Contestants in platform presentations are to give their
first and last names and title of presentation distinctly ("My name is John Doe and the title of my
oratory is __________________.") For entries involving more than one person, a spokesman
should be selected.
JUDGES: This introduction is NOT to be counted as time against their presentation.
All selections and scripts must be memorized. Exceptions: Oral Arguments, Preaching, and
Oratory contestants may use outline note cards.
Material should be CAREFULLY CHOSEN OR WRITTEN for platform events to ENSURE
that evil characters would NOT be glorified and that the student rehearsing (or the listener)
would NOT be forced to dwell on negative or harmful thoughts or ideas.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL AUTHORS/WRITERS FOR ALL PLATFORM EVENT SCRIPTS
MUST BE GIVEN PROPER CREDIT.
HINTS FROM PUBLIC SPEAKING JUDGES
In public speaking, the key word is CONVINCING! Whether you present a dramatic
monologue, a famous speech, or a recitation, your task is to convince the listener that these are
your words, your thoughts, and your feelings. If you are portraying a specific character, you
should make the audience believe you really are that person. Many factors contribute to a
convincing performance: costuming (if allowed), gestures, posture, voice inflection, and
emotion. Match each carefully to your script and character. Perhaps the most frequent
comments from the judges deal with "emotion." Emotion should be carefully balanced. If you
portray too little emotion, your performance will appear bland and colorless. If you portray too
much emotion, you will appear harsh, phony, and overbearing. Also be careful that your
emotion does not detract from clear, crisp, easily understood diction. The key—preparation and
practice! Practice in front of a mirror and use every opportunity to perform before others.
Remember, the A.C.E. Speech PACEs (1-6) are a wonderful resource tool.
Checklist for ALL Platform Competition
1. Three (3) copies of the outline, script, speech, sermon, play, or story must be brought to
Convention. Each copy is to be typed, double-spaced (typewriter or computer) in a clear
plastic folder with the student's name, school name, customer number, school address, and
telephone number visible on the front of EACH copy. Two (2) copies of outlines, scripts, etc.
will be returned after your performance by the Chief Judge. One (1) copy of the material and
your photo will not be returned. Time permitting, Judge’s Forms (with comments) will be
returned at the Regional Student Convention.
2. Photo: Submit a color photo (snapshot or Polaroid) simulating the performance. This is
VERY IMPORTANT! Write name and complete school name, customer number, and school
address on back of photo.
3. Judge's Forms: Submit three (3) copies, properly filled out. (These may be printed from the
School Registration program.)
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EXPRESSIVE READING (Male and Female)
PLEASE REFER TO PLATFORM GENERAL GUIDELINES BEFORE PREPARING
An expressive reading is a memorized interpretation by a contestant of a reading which consists
of a dialogue between two or more people or a reading in the first person. The reading must
have a moral and/or Scriptural value, or must highlight Christian heritage or patriotism. (Poetry
or stories with a plot, climax, and ending CANNOT be included.)
1. Examples: (a) Song of Moses and the Israelites (Exodus 15:1-19), (b) Naomi and Ruth
(Ruth 1), (c) Paul before Agrippa (Acts 26).
2. The script may be self-written.
3. Create an atmosphere by using tone of voice, inflections, pauses, gestures, and movement
(utilize space available).
4. No costumes, props, sets, or singing allowed.
5. Presentation time limit is four (4) minutes minimum, six (6) minutes maximum. If
competition piece does not meet the four (4) minute minimum or exceeds the six (6) minute
maximum time limit, the contestant will receive a .5-point deduction for any portion of
thirty (30) second increments outside the allotted time. (For example, a piece timed at 3:42
would receive a half-point deduction from the total score. A piece of 6:42 would receive a
deduction of a full point from the total score.)
EXPRESSIVE READING JUDGING CRITERIA
Areas of Evaluation POSSIBLE POINTS
A. Approach/departure (1-5)
B. Voice projection and inflection (1-5)
C. Diction/enunciation (1-5)
D. Poise/self-confidence (1-5)
E. Memory (1-5)
A. Posture, movement, gestures (1-10)
B. Facial expressions (1-5)
C. Appearance (1-5)
D. Variety of dramatic skills displayed (1-10)
E. Interpretation of author’s idea (1-15)
F. Audience rapport (1-10)
A. Degree of difficulty (1-10)
B. Worthwhile message (1-10)
TOTAL POINTS (100)
Checklist for Expressive Reading: See Checklist for Platform Competition, page IX - 3 of