Speaking Proudly is an opportunity for Minnesota high school girls to shine! A biennial oratory competition, it offers exclusive opportunities:

  • A beautiful, inspiring venue at the State Capitol
  • Cash prizes totaling $4,500 for the three semifinalists
  • A day with girls from all over the state, a guided tour and more!

It’s a non-partisan, non-profit educational project of Metro Republican Women. The steering committee is hard at work now to make the 2023 event the best ever.

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Be sure to watch this video to hear what competitors have to say about Speaking Proudly.


First-Place Winner

Second and Third-Place Winners

First-place winner Lillian Rae Imm and emcee Annette Meeks are all smiles after learning Lillian won the Speaking Proudly oratory competition.

A Chisago City teenager, Lillian Rae Imm, took first place in the Speaking Proudly oratory competition October 23 at the Minnesota State Capitol. A student at Liberty Classical Academy in White Bear Lake, she received a trophy and $2,000 prize for her eight-minute speech titled “Conservatives Silenced on College Campuses.”

Nova Tseng 

Emily Paige Lawrence

Nova Tseng, an Orono High School student from Long Lake, won the second prize of $1,500 for her speech,  “Polarization Is Hurting Our Nation.” Third place and a $1,000 prize went to Emily Paige Lawrence of Woodbury, a student at East Ridge High School, whose speech was titled, “The Fear Factor.”

Girls from around the state spoke on the 2021 topic: “A More Perfect Union, Rising to the Challenge.” Annette Meeks, founder and CEO of the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota served as master of ceremonies for the final round of competition.

A non-partisan, non-profit project of Metro Republican Women, Speaking Proudly is a biennial event for Minnesota girls from all types of schools, including public, private, home and charter schools.

Hear the winners' speeches:

Lillian Imm

Nova Tseng

Emily Lawrence

Other girls competing in the event and their speeches were:

Ilana Natalya Davydova
“Stop Censoring My Rights”  
Minnetrista, Mound Westonka High School

Sofia Victoria Doval
“More Civic Union”   
Edina, Edina High School

Kaylee Lynn Guetter
“The Art of Compromise”     
Rochester, Guetter Academy

Genevieve Rose Kapsner
“A More Perfect Union”        
Melrose, Laetare Academy

Sarah Joy Klein
“A More Perfect Education”
Rochester, Klein Academy

Jacki Lauer
“Curbing Excessive Executive Power
St. Paul, Cretin-Derham Hall

Elizabeth Lynn Mitchell
“Restore Our Families, Restore Our Nation”
Minnetonka, Chesterton Academy

Grace Magdalene Wachholz
“Independent Education – The Key to Liberty”        
Burnsville, Wacholz Academy

Ella Mae Wanschura
“Gun Control and the Effects on America”   
Forest Lake, Liberty Classical Academy         

Olivia Jane Wojahn
“Believing What You Can’t See: The Pandemic and Mental Health”
Thief River Falls, Lincoln High School  

Watch the final round and award ceremony, courtesy of Alpha News


“The whole experience was incredible … Speaking in the Capitol, I never thought I would do that.”

“I felt like we could speak our minds and ideas freely and maybe even influence the opinions of listeners.”

Watch Finalist Speech Videos from 2021 and 2019