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Enter the President’s Public Speaking Contest (Spring 2022)

President’s Public Speaking Contest


To Enter the Contest- Please submit your name and UCO email to the following form:

Contest Coordinator: Dr. Matthew Moore, Director of Speech and Debate, University of Central Oklahoma. email:

Date: Finals, Wednesday, Feb 16, 2022, 2-5PM

Theme: Make UCO a Better Place

About the President’s Public Speaking Competition

The President’s Public Speaking Competition was founded in 2022 as a chance for UCO students to showcase their ideas and gain valuable public speaking experience.

Objectives of the Speech Competition

  • To showcase the public speaking ability of the UCO student body.
  • Provide competitive experience for students wishing to work on their public speaking skills.
  • To educate students on the fundamentals of public speaking by observing their peers.
  • To promote the UCO Speech and Debate Team and recruit new students to the program.
  • To give students a sounding board for their experiences and concerns for the UCO campus community.


Speech Guidelines

The goal of the speech should be to persuade the audience to make UCO a better place. What issues you talk about are up to you. You can organize the speech however you want, but the judges will be looking for specific features common to most public speaking competition requirements.

Time Length: 10 Minutes Maximum

Mode of Delivery: Speakers are expected to present a high-quality example of public speaking. The speaker may have notes, but will be judged on presentation skills. Reading a manuscript will not be very effective.


To be eligible to compete in the President’s Public Speaking Competition, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be enrolled either full or part time at UCO.
  • Must be able to compete at the scheduled final round.
  • Must submit an entry video and entry form by 12PM CST, February 9, 2022.


Competition Rules

  1. Students must present an original speech. The speech can be the result of a previous class assignment as long as it addresses the major theme of the President’s Public Speaking Competition.
  2. Each student must first submit a video of their speech to be entered.
  3. Student videos will be judged on the content and performance of the speaker alone. We understand that not everyone has easy access to a space that can be staged for a public speaking performance. The purpose of the video entry is to ensure that you can put together a convincing speech and present it well.
  4. Once submitted, the judges for the competition will review the entries and notify the top 10 finalists by February 11th.
  5. Students will be asked to submit a bibliography of any works cited in their speech.
  6. Judging: Judges will come from the UCO campus community. Each judge will be asked to rank each of the speakers 1, 2, 3, etc from best to worst. Each Speaker will be awarder points on a 50 point scale. Judges may not award ties in rank or points. Contestants’ scores will be added up using ranks first. If there is a tie in rankings, points will be used to break the tie. If there is a tie in points and rankings, then the students’ best and worst ranks will be dropped, followed by points until the tie is broken. If there is an unbreakable tie for first place, then the scholarship will be split among the competitors.
  7. Scoring for the final round will be solely based on the live performance of the students. The rankings from their video submissions will only be used to determine if they qualified for the final round.
  8. The use of visual aids is encouraged but not required. The final round venue will have some capacity for visual aids, but students are responsible for making sure that they will work with the available technology at the final round site.
  9. All decisions of the judges are final.

UCO Qualifies to the 2020 NDT

Congratulations to UCO’s Grant Colquitt and Zach Huffman for qualifying to the 74th National Debate Tournament as the eighth seed from District 3. This is the seventh year in a row UCO has qualified to the NDT.

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UCO Student Named State Champion

Freshman finance major Tasha Dozier was named the state champion in Prose and Dramatic Interpretation at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association (OIFA) State Championship Tournament Feb. 29 at Oklahoma City University.

She also placed fourth in Program Oral Interpretation.

2019 Central Oklahoma Debate Institute

2019 CODI Costs and Facts

Apply for the 2019 CODI Here

Dates July 21-27, 2019


  • Registration Before June 21:  Cost of Institute: $325 Cost of Housing: $275
  • Registration After June 21:  Cost of Institute: $375 Cost of Housing: :$325
  • Meal Plan: Cost $175 Covers 3 meals a day, M-F of the camp and Breakfast on Saturday. The Institute will provide Dinner on Sunday July 22 for everyone. Purchase of the meal plan is optional.

Previous CODI attendees receive a $100 tuition discount

Coaches interested in sending multiple students should contact Matthew Moore ( to inquire about special discounts.

Tuition discounts available to students facing financial need. Contact Matt Moore ( for details.

What does my tuition cover?

Week of lectures and workshops aimed at improving knowledge and skills, a T-Shirt, and a Water Bottle, One-on-one practice and coaching sessions, Individualized research training and work.


What events are offered? Policy Debate. We will break into several labs based on experience from Novice (little to no experience) to Advanced (Multiple years of experience).

We will also offer a Lincoln-Douglas track for students.

Are meals included? Meal plans are optional for students at additional costs. Those purchasing meal plans will have access to the campus dining halls. Those who choose not to purchase a meal plan are free to choose their own meal options from various places on and nearby campus. Adequate time is built into the schedule to ensure that students will be able to be able to eat.

When is the application deadline? July 10th, 2019

Is there a deposit? Yes. There is a $50 non-refundable deposit for commuter students. The non-refundable deposit for students staying in the dorms is $125. The deposit should accompany your application to the camp. The deposit will be applied to the balance of the camp cost.

When is my final payment due? July 10th, 2019

What do I need to bring? Students should bring all of the materials they need to participate in their events. This includes pens, paper, laptops, etc.  If you are staying on campus you should bring clothes, a pillow, towel, and everything else you will need for the week.

How will the debate evidence be distributed? All evidence will be distributed to the students electronically. Students wishing to debate off of paper will be responsible for printing out the files themselves.

What is the format of the camp? The CODI is a weeklong skills intensive camp. Students will engage in practice rounds, practice speeches, and intense one-on-one coaching designed to improve the students’ ability to execute arguments in competitive debate. Each track will have its own format to maximize the week. At the end of the week there will be a camp tournament.

Saturday Schedule 7/28

930- Drills and Round Prep

10- Tournament Round 4

12- Pizza Lunch

1215- Final Round- all students to be there to judge.

Awards to follow the final round

All activities should be over by 2PM. Parents, students will be in the Center for Transformative Learning Building and can be picked up there. We will not be at the dorms.

Friday Schedule and Tournament Pairings

930– Drills

10 Labs/Tournament Prep

12-1 Lunch *Note shortened meal hours


Round 1 Friday 1 PM

Room Aff Neg Judge
117 Elizabeth/David Jack/Caleb


118 Jaclyn/Paige


Salmaan/Elliauna Kolen
237 Nadia/Dakota


Blake/Charlie/Joe Loghry


Round 2 Friday 3PM

Room Aff Neg Judge
117 Salmaan/Elliauna Nadia/Dakota Colquitt
118 Jack/Caleb Jaclyn/Paige


237 Blake/Charlie/Joe Elizabeth/David Kolen


Round 3 Friday 6PM

Room Aff Neg Judge
117 Nadia/Dakota Elizabeth/David Bunas
118 Jaclyn/Paige Blake/Charlie/Joe Colquitt
237 Salmaan/Elliauna Jack/Caleb Kolen


Round 4 Sat 10 AM

Room Aff Neg Judge
117 Blake/Charlie/Joe Salmaan/Elliauna Shaurer
118 Elizabeth/David Jaclyn/Paige Bunas
237 Jack/Caleb Nadia/Dakota






Thursday 7/26/18 Schedule

930-10 Drills

10-12 Block Writing Session

12-130 Lunch

130-3 Cross Ex Lecture/Demo

3-5 Debates

5-630 Lunch

630-8 Speech Redoes

Wednesday Schedule 7/25/18

930-10 Drills

10-12- Courtney’s Argument Extension and Refutation Lecture (intended for the more beginner students) 237

Loghry’s Next Level Strategy Through Total Situational Awareness Lecture (intended for the more advanced students) 118

12-130 Lunch

130-3    118 Block Writing Tutorial + Block Writing Session

3-5         Practice Debate 1

5-630 Dinner

630- Lab Time All- Redo Tutorial

Redo Speeches.

Tuesday Schedule 7/24/18


Tuesday Schedule

930-10 Drills

10-12 All  118 Lab Time- Team Pairing

12-130- Lunch

130-3    118 Kritiks/Answering Kritiks (Shae)

237- Negative Strategies (Chris)

3-5         Lab- Prep for Debate

5-630- Dinner

630-8    Lab- Debate Prep