Speaking Proudly

An Oratory Competition for Minnesota Girls

Hear the three finalists speak!
Join us at the State Capitol October 26


Family, friends and patriotic Minnesotans:

Show your support and be inspired.

Saturday, October 26, 2019, a group of intelligent, thoughtful and hard-working Minnesota high school girls will participate in the inaugural Speaking Proudly oratory competition.

Sponsored by Metro Republican Women, Speaking Proudly offers the competitors an opportunity to develop their research, writing and speaking skills and express their patriotism.

After three rounds of competition, the three top finishers will deliver their speeches once more, this time in the Capitol Rotunda. These girls deserve a supportive, respectful and  enthusiastic audience so we’re opening the final round to the public. You’re invited!

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The ‘Rotunda Experience’ begins at 3 p.m.

The Capitol doors close Saturdays at 3 p.m. so be sure to arrive before that time. (You cannot enter the building after 3 p.m. but can exit until 4 p.m.)

State Senator Karin Housley, R-St. Mary’s Point, will be the event’s emcee, introducing the judges, dignitaries and, of course, the three competitors.

You are welcome to take photos but please do not talk, make noise or move around while the girls are speaking. They have put a lot of effort into their speeches and we want to be fair to everyone.

As quickly as possible, we’ll tabulate the judging scores and announce the first-, second- and third-place winners.

It’s an event not to be missed!

Enjoy the fully restored Capitol

If you come early, be sure to tour the Capitol and see the spectacular results of its $310 million restoration. Visit the Minnesota Historical Society’s office on the first floor to take a free 45-minute guided tour (on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or pick up a brochure for a self-guided tour.

Capitol parking and building maps are just a click away.