What’s The NMA Leadership Speech Contest All About?
NMA: Teaching the World’s Youth about Leadership! The NMA Leadership Speech Contest is open to students in grades 9-12 and is a unique opportunity to research, write, and present a 4-6 minute address to an NMA audience. The subject? Leadership – what it is, what comprises its attributes, who personifies your definition of a “leader”, or whatever else works its way into the students’ understanding of the subject. NMA Chapters reach out to home-schooled students and area high schools to hold local contests. Winners advance through regional competitions and four finalists receive airfare and room costs to the NMA Annual Conference and compete for a $4,000 top prize.
What do students gain from participation?
By researching, writing, and delivering a speech on Leadership, the young men and women — and their audiences (faculty, family, friends, and NMA members) — acquire a greater understanding of the role that Leadership plays. The contest also provides an incentive for the development of communication skills that will be so vital to them upon entering the workforce or furthering their education. Certainly, the financial rewards help winning students to go on to college or otherwise fulfill their dreams.
The contest is based on four levels of competition: chapter, council, regional, and national. These are aligned with the six geographic areas of NMA. Each contest level is under the direction of a contest director who is responsible for coordination of all activities. The first two levels of competition (the chapter and council levels) are conducted between January and March; regional levels are usually held in the spring and the national level is conducted in the fall.