What are three significant outcomes of the American Reconstruction Period and why?t.Lab Oratorical Contest 2021

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

We are pleased to invite you to t.Lab Oratorical Contest for students between grades K-12th.  


What are three significant outcomes of the American Reconstruction Period and why?

The deadline for submission of the written speech is on May 17, 2020.

 Contest Dates: (winners move on to next rounds)

  • 1st Round: Saturday, May 22, 2021
  • 2nd Round: Saturday, May 29, 2021    
  • 3rd Round: Saturday, June 05, 2021 

Timeline of Activities for Students:

  • Today to May 8 - Register for the event, research on the American Reconstruction Period, draft the speech outline, and start of speech composition
  • May 9 to 15 - Finalize speech 
  • May 16 to 21 - Practice speech delivery, submit the speech to t.Lab, and join the dry run

Important Dates:

  • May 17 - Deadline for submission of speech 
  • May 20 and 21 - Dry Run
  • May 22 - 1st Round
  • May 29 - 2nd Round
  • June 05 - Final Round

Contest Summary Requirements:

  1.  2-page essay addressing the three significant outcomes of the American Reconstruction Period and why do you think they are significant? 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

Venue: Online via Zoom

Cash Prizes: (within each group)

            1st Place = $250

            2nd Place = $150

            3rd Place = $100

Grand Prize = Tablet

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

t.Lab 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 May 22, 2021 (Saturday), May 29, 2021 (Saturday), and June 05, 2021 (Saturday) via Zoom.

Contest Requirements:

Contestants are to complete registration, write a two (2) page essay on the topic, and deliver up to 8 minutes long.

Speeches must be typed in full and submitted by May 17, 2021 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 $ 250 in cash and a Tablet.

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.