WFU law school hosts 2012 Cook Elementary Speech Contest on Wednesday, April 11

Wake Forest University School of Law will host the 2012 Cook Elementary Speech Contest, sponsored by Kilpatrick Townsend, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professiona Center.

Judges include the law school’s Dean Blake Morant and Ivey Brown, assistant university attorney at Winston-Salem State University.

The fourth graders from Cook Elementary School took a field trip to Raleigh on Feb. 16 sponsored by Kilpatrick Townsend.  After the trip, the students were assigned to write a speech.  They worked on their speeches for several weeks, with their teachers helping them with editing and revising. 

On Tuesday, April 10, Amanda Johnson and Kate McCurry, associates with Kilpatrick Townsend, went to Cook Elementary School and, along with the fourth-grade teachers, listened to all the speeches and selected the top six semi-finalists.

The semi-finalists will each present their speeches at Wake Forest. The judges will deliberate and combine their scores and select a winner.  The judges will give some general feedback and constructive criticism to the finalists and then present a winner.  The winner will receive a $50 gift card, and each semi-finalist will receive a $25 gift card.

The following is the judging criteria for both the semi-finals at Cook and the finals at Wake Forest:

  • 10 points for an interesting story that falls within competition topic
  • 20 points for assuming the role of the character (first person)
  • 30 points for a well thought out and logical flow to the story line
  • 40 points for good presentation style, including speaking clearly and consistently, facing the audience and making eye contact, and engaged story telling