FLOC & National Speech and Debate Association’s 2022 Legal Oratory Scholarship

ABC Law Centers acknowledges that oratory skills are a valued skill in almost every field, especially in the legal world. Because of this, we are proud to be partnering with the National Speech and Debate Association to help build and celebrate the oratory skills of our community. Through the Finch Legal Oratory Competition, high school students can demonstrate their skills through 5 minute prepared speeches on a select topic.

Regional Winners

1st place: Haniyyah Zia from Plano West Senior High School in Texas.

2nd place: Christopher Lorde from Plano West Senior High School in Texas.

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National Competition:

The top-placing competitor at the East and Midwest competitions will compete live in a final round held in Louisville, Kentucky on June 12, 2022. The final round will take place in person at 1:30 p.m. ET at the Kentucky Expo Center on registration day for the National Speech and Debate Tournament. One round will be held in which each regional winner presents a Pro-Con Challenge speech on the topic: “Should a free press prioritize objectivity over advocacy?” Learn more about the Pro-Con Challenge.

The FLOC regional winners will have their travel expenses paid through Mockingbird Marketing. The regional winners will be contacted by Mockingbird Marketing after the regional competitions to arrange their travel. Winners will be awarded the following college scholarships:

· $7,500 for the National first place winner
· $2,500 for the National runner up

All individuals attending the final round in Louisville, including students, coaches, and chaperones, must comply with the NSDA COVID-19 health and safety requirements. Masks are required for all attendees while indoors; the competitors may remove their mask while they are presenting. All individuals are required to be fully vaccinated and up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations or apply and are approved for a medical or religious exemption. Exemption applications are due by May 15. Please contact the National Speech and Debate Association to learn more about COVID-19 vaccine exemptions.