Speaking Proudly

Yes! We're planning another Speaking Proudly Oratory Competition!

Again in 2021, Minnesota high school girls will have an opportunity to demonstrate their research, writing and speaking skills and win generous cash prizes.

The 2019 Speaking Proudly oratory competition was a great success (see below) and Metro Republican Women promises to make the 2021 event even better. We’ll be looking for:

  • Experienced speech judges
  • Adult and college-age volunteers
  • Donors of money and services
  • And, of course, bright and talented young speakers

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Congratulations to the reigning champions!

Pictured with Minnesota State Senator Karin Housley

First Place

Meaghen Katherine McManus
Woodbury
“On This Rock”

Second Place

Mary Helen Kracht
West St. Paul
“The Homicide That’s Killing Our Nation”

Third Place

Olivia Sunshine McNair
Ottertail
“It’s All About The Benjamins”

A great day for all our competitors - and for our Republic.

Saturday, October 26, was a memorable day for the seventeen girls from all over Minnesota. The competitors in the inaugural Speaking Proudly oratory competition:

  • Demonstrated their research, writing and speaking skills
  • Earned praise and helpful critiques from distinguished judges
  • And made their families, friends and hometowns proud

In addition to the three finalists listed above, the competitors and their speech titles were:

Mercedies Ann Bjorklund, Perham
“A Better Future for Our Veterans”

Gabriella I. Braaten, Lake Elmo
“On the Current Crisis and Restoration of American Education”

Paraskevi Priscilla Dokos, Minneapolis
“Maintaining America as a Republic: Horrific Factory Conditions in the Industrial Revolution”

Jillian Ruth Dore, Long Lake
“Optimistic Opinion”

Grace Ellen Gleisner, Nicollet
“An Examination of the Benefits of Republican Government and Strategies for Keeping It”

Kaylee Lynn Guetter, Elgin
“The People”

Susan Grace Mettler, Spring Valley
“America: A Great Love Affair”

Darby Rose O’Neil, Farmington
“Service Shop”

Marija Frances Phelps, Virginia
“With Liberty and Justice for All”

Alexis Ashley Posel, Cottage Grove
“The Road to Recovery – Police and Communities Relationship”

Isabella Grace Vander Lugt, Woodbury
“A Republic Unkempt”

Charis A. E. Vogt, Mendota Heights
“Out of Bounds”

Hannah F. Winnick, Forest Lake
“Diversity of Thought”

Chloe Anne Whiteford, Otsego
“The Silent Enemy”

Speaking Proudly is a nonpartisan, educational event. Competition sponsor Metro Republican Women is an affiliate of the Minnesota Federation of Republican Women.