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44th Annual  Oratorical/Musical Contest
44th Annual  Oratorical/Musical Contest

Sat, Feb 24


Mission High School - SFUSD

44th Annual Oratorical/Musical Contest

The 44th Annual Oratorical/Musical Contest's theme is “African American Students Taking Pride in Their Roots, and Leading the Way with Power in the Future."

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Time & Location

Feb 24, 2024, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Mission High School - SFUSD, 3750 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA



Application Due: In-Person, February 15, 2024


Please mail the application to SFABSE, 1133 Bowdoin Street, San Francisco, CA 94134 

or email the application to

**Note: No applications are accepted on the day of the contest! **

  1. Poems, speeches, or spoken words that reflect Black Lives
  2. Original speeches may be written on the theme
  3. Music: All music must be memorized. No recorded music unless used for the background only.  ​No rapping or no lip-syncing.​ Students must present their own music.

The Oratorical/Spoken Word/Musical Contest is an activity of the committee to develop oral language skills.  The committee was formed to provide a forum for students to demonstrate excellence in oral language, speaking,  comprehension, collaboration, presentation of knowledge, and ideas of the subject.  (Common Core State Standards for CCR English and Social Studies.)  Students who are enrolled in elementary, middle, and high schools are eligible to compete Each contestant will be awarded a certificate verifying participation in the oratorical contest.

The purpose of these competitions is two-fold:

  • To encourage students to develop skills in the memorization, interpretation, and delivery of famous speeches and poems
  • To encourage students to develop the artistry of public speaking through creative expositions and poems, throughout the competition, tempo, and name of the composer.

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