UH Hosting Holiday Speech and Interpretation Contest for Elementary School Students

More than 150 Houston-area elementary school students have been rehearsing speeches, monologues, play excerpts and other spoken word pieces. Soon, their voices will be heard during the first annual University of Houston Holiday Speech and Interpretation Contest for Elementary Schools.

Students from kindergarten through the fifth grade will deliver public speeches or interpretations of literary works from 4 - 7 p.m., Dec. 16 at UH's University Center. The competition also will feature Spanish-language categories. Judging these presentations will be team members from the UH Forensic Society.

Student participants will be divided into two groups: kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade. Medals and trophies will be presented to all contestants.

"Students in elementary school learn to express themselves in front of audiences. This has a very positive impact on their desires to learn," said Mike Fain, UH director of forensics. "Giving effective presentations at an early age helps students overcome any fears about speaking in front of audiences."

For more details, contact Fain at 713- 385-0541.

WHAT: UH Holiday Speech and Interpretation Contest for Elementary Schools
WHEN: 4 - 7 p.m., Dec. 16
WHERE: UH University Center - Cougar Den
Entrance 1 off Cullen Boulevard
WHO: UH Forensic Society