Oratorical Contest
2019 Winners
Left to right: Janet Tenreiro, District Governor Nominee Designate; Michael Eller, second place; Margaux Eller, first place; Andrew Hazell, third place; Karen Sprentall, Canandaigua Rotary President; and Gloria Dancause, Contest Chair Canandaigua Rotary.
The annual District 7120 Oratorical contest was held Saturday, March 2nd at Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC). There were nine participants who gave speeches based on the Rotary 4-Way Test.  The top three winners will receive scholarships to participating colleges. The remaining recipients will receive a $100 check from District 7120 for their participation.
Opening remarks were made by Janet Tenreiro, District Governor Nominee Designate and Gloria Dancause, Contest Chair.
The first place winner was Margaux Eller and second place Michael Eller. The Ellers are siblings from the Seneca Falls Rotary. Third place winner Andrew Hazell is from the Hilton Rotary. The other participants were Emareilys Rodriguez and Jaidalisse DeJesus both from the Rochester Latino Rotary, Jasmine Kiley and Jessica Dawson from the Penfield Rotary, Meredith Conklin-Bloomfield Rotary, Rachel Mahoney-Seneca Falls Rotary
Thanks to the following committee volunteers:
Judges Ethan Fogg and Jeff Krans
Videographer PDG Bill Gormont
Rick Kaufman Photographer
Jodi Kaufman Student Escort
Travis Piper Photographer
Alice Burton & Diane Krans Tabulators
Karen Sprentall, Canandaigua Rotary President, Time Keeper
Rotarian sponsors and coaches
FLCC AVI Food Service
The Oratorical Contest is based on the Rotary Four-Way Test
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 Contestants will present a five-minute speech on how they plan to live their lives based on the four-way test.
There is no January application
There are three rounds of speeches:
Round One: January 5th
Mid - Round
Each Contestant will schedule a visit to a neighboring
Rotary Club to present the 5 minute memorized speech
Round Three: March 2nd
The Oratorical Contest will help build public speaking skills and confidence.
Cash prizes are awarded in THE  FINAL ROUND ON MARCH 2 FOR THOSE
Scholarships are awarded in the final round for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.
Your local Rotary Club will sponsor and support you throughout the entire contest.
Applications are available on the District 7120 website on the Left Menu
Initial Applications due by December 31
These are the only applications that all applicants need to fill out in order to go through the process
Rotary Oratorical Contest on Ethics Sponsored jointly by District Rotary 7120
& local area College Presidents
Please submit completed applications to:
Gloria Dancause
District 7120 Coordinator
3484 Lake to Lake Rd
Stanley, NY 14561
Please mark your calendars now!
Locations and dates are still being determined. (Check back on the website for updates.)
The event is open to all.  Those looking for coaching tips are especially encouraged to attend the event.
The contest explanation and application can be downloaded from the links in the Files box on the left-hand side of this page. The MS Word version is interactive and you can type on this one.
View the Speeches of the previous finalists by clicking the links in the left-hand side of this page
Any questions, please contact Contest Chair, Gloria Dancause/ gloria@frontiernet.net
Club Options for Participation (See also: Oratorical Blueprint and Mentor Tips in the left menu bar under Files)
  • Sponsor one or more candidates (two per school in the Club's service area)
  • Contribute to prize money and/or contest expenses
  • Co-sponsor a candidate and share responsibilities
  • Provide a judge
  • Invite winner(s) to speak at a club meeting
  • Arrange to have previous year's winner(s) speak at the high school assembly of non-participating school as an inducement for future participation
Club Responsibilities:
Club responsibilities fall into two areas, ORGANIZATION and SUPPORT. Specific tasks in those areas include:
  • Establish a working relationship with the local school district(s) regarding potential speakers, use of facility, internal and external publicity and recognition
  • Establish a relationship with Rotary Clubs in the area regarding calendar, the location of semi-final contests, judges, prizes and publicity
  • Maintain communication with District Level Committee
  • If the sponsored student wins, provide transportation to District Assembly
  • Sign Application and Sponsorship form and submit to Don Collins with the $85 fee
  • Provide mentor/coach for each candidate who will:
    • Provide objective feedback for candidate's efforts
    • Ensure that candidate and his/her family know and understand the expectations and responsibilities of participation
    • Ensure that transportation is provided for the student to competitions and to District Assembly if the Club's entrant wins the final contest
    • Accompany students to competitions