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Public Speaking Competitions

"Courage, hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to successful life."
—Theodore Roosevelt, from America and the World War

For 2021 the Theodore Roosevelt Association has partnered with the Theodore Roosevelt Institute to present a NEW National Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest!

High school students in their junior and senior years are invited to compete in the national contest to win scholarships to Long Island University (home of the Theodore Roosevelt Institute) and cash awards.


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Theodore Roosevelt believed in working hard, in persevering in the face of defeat, and in pushing to do better and strive harder to accomplish one’s goals. He also believed in developing young people, in challenging them to achieve as much as possible, and in recognizing their accomplishments.

In that spirit, the Theodore Roosevelt Association created Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contests, which challenge high school students to develop and give original five-minute speeches on TR’s life and legacy. The Contests build on students’ public speaking, critical thinking and independent research skills, thereby enhancing their academic potential and scholarship, confidence, self-reliance, and leadership abilities.

Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contests have been held in several locations, honoring dozens of students.

  • Atlanta, GA
  • New York, NY
  • Oyster Bay, NY
  • Owensboro, KY
  • Washington, DC
  • Virtual

2020 TR Public Speaking Contest

2020 Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest - Andrew LichtblauFirst Place Winner
Andrew Lichtblau
James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School
Fairfax, VA

2020 Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest - Avinash ThakkarSecond Place Winner
Avinash Thakkar
McDonogh High School
Owning Mills, MD

2020 Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest - Alexa ScheetzThird Place Winner
Alexa Scheetz
Quakertown Community High School
Quakertown, PA

The Theodore Roosevelt Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Tax Identification #13-449999.