FY 2020 Bishop B.A. Gibert Oratorical Contest

 To:  All t.Lab Students, Parents, and Community at Large.

t.Lab is pleased to announce the 6th Bishop B.A. Gibert Oratorical Contest for students between grades K-12th.  

Topic for the FY 2020 Bishop B.A. Gibert Oratorical Contest

Why is voting important?

The deadline for submission of the essay is on November 23, 2020.

 Contest Dates: (winners move on to next rounds)

  • 1st Round: Friday, December 4, 2020 at 05:00 PM EST
  • 2nd Round: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 05:00 PM EST     
  • 3rd Round: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM EST

Contest Summary Requirements:

  1.  2-page essay addressing why voting is important. Grades K-4th are to be 3-8 minutes long and Grades 5th-12th are to be 5-8 minutes long.
  2.  If a student advances to the championship round, their speech may be given a maximum of 4 times.

Competing Groups:

            K - 4th Grades           5th - 8th Grades          9th - 12th Grades

Event Information Page: https://tinyurl.com/TLAB-Oratory2020-Info

Venue: Online via Zoom

Cash Prizes: (within each group)

            1st Place = $250

            2nd Place = $150

            3rd Place = $100

            Grand Winner: Tablet (based on competition among winners from each group)

Any questions, please contact us at 888 327-3387 ext. 0.

Bishop B.A. Gibert Oratorical Contest Rules

Students must formally register for one of 3 competing groups including K-4th, 5th-8th, and 9th-12th grades.

The contest will be held on December 4, 2020 (Friday), December 5, 2020 (Saturday), and December 19, 2020 (Saturday) via Zoom.

Contest Requirements:

Contestants are to complete registration (including $25 fee), write a two (2) page essay on why voting is important, and deliver up to 8 minutes long.

Speeches must be typed in full and submitted by November 23, 2020 to:  tlab@tlab-global.com and tlabadmin1@tlab-global.com.

  • Because the speech is to be an oration, appropriate gestures are allowed. Speeches for Grades 5th-12th are to be 5-8 minutes long and Grades K-4th are to be 3-8 minutes long.
  • Speeches outside of the requirements will be penalized.
  •  When using facts and statistics, contestants must ensure to use the most current information available and may be penalized by judges for using inaccurate information.
  • Criteria for judging speeches include: Clarity, Energy, Passion, Examples and Enduring Truth.
  • Speech content may not be significantly changed as a contestant advances, though fine-tuning for minor corrections, timing, etc. are allowed and encouraged.
  • Memorization is not required and it is acceptable for contestants to use notes or refer to their written speeches if necessary.


Winners in each major group will compete for $ in cash. All students competing in the Oratorical Contest will receive a gift for their accomplishments.     

Dress & Appearance:

  • Young Ladies

                        Dresses or Skirts, Blouses, and Blazers

  • Young Men

                        Suits – 3 piece, Blazers, Shirts, Ties, or Bow Ties

            Preferably Power Oriented Colors  


Contest Judging Criteria:

Student speeches will be based on the following criteria:

1) Clarity

Was the main purpose or premise of the speech understandable?

2) Energy

Did the student deliver the speech with the appropriate level of enthusiasm at the appropriate time? Did it align with the purpose and premise of the speech?

3) Examples

Did the student provide examples that “made clear” main purposes and premises of the speech?

4) Emotion

Did the student make use of emotion that “made clear” purposes and premises of the speech?

5) Enduring Truth

Did the student provide fact (s) that are lasting truths and irrefutable?


Oratory/Speech Approach:

  • Acknowledgement
    • God
    • Bishop B.A. Gibert
    • Bishop Andrew Merritt
    • Dr. Clarence Nixon, Jr. (t.Lab)
    • Pastor Simon Monda
    • Pastor Gerald Johnson
    • Judges
    • Parents, Guests, Visitors
  • Overall Speech Goals
    •  Speech
    • Speech Summary
    • Wrap-up and request support/sale

Who is Bishop Benjamin Gibert?

Bishop Benjamin A. Gibert 

Born in Chicago, Bishop B.A. Gibert, Ph.D., was an authority on key entrepreneurial success factors including self-development and organizational effectiveness.  He was inspired early in life for business leadership by God, his parents, community leadership, and an outstanding public school system. Through diligence, Bishop Gibert leveraged the power of his influencers to excel and graduate from General Motors Institute (Kettering University) with the B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering; Stanford University with the Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and the Master’s Degree in Business Administration; and the Lifetime Learning Doctorate from Ashwood University in Business Management Leadership.   

Through faith and wisdom, Bishop Gibert’s meteoric rise through the executive ranks within General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler included accountability for thousands of employees and multi-billion dollar budgets. 

Bishop Gibert was noted for his ability to innovate and transform poorly performing assets into profitable enterprises. Bishop B.A. Gibert was the Senior Pastor of Detroit World Outreach Church and the Chief Executive Officer of the Joseph Business School at Detroit World Outreach Church. He was also the Chairman of the Board of t.Lab until he passed in 2017.