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Girls invited to enter statewide speaking competition

Applications will be accepted Aug. 1 - Sept. 11.

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Girls in grades nine through 12 are invited to enter Speaking Proudly 2021, a statewide speaking competition with $3,000 in prizes for the top three participants.

Applications will be accepted Aug. 1 - Sept. 11. Application forms and complete instructions are available at speakingproudly.org/students .

The event will be Oct. 23 at the State Capitol in St. Paul. According to competition spokeswoman Sherie Wallace, 25 girls will be selected to compete based on the quality of the speech descriptions they submit. All speeches must consider the topic, โ€œA More Perfect Union,โ€ Rising to the Challenge. The three finalists will win prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500.

โ€œWe had first-rate competitors at the first Speaking Proudly in 2019,โ€ Wallace said in a news release, โ€œand weโ€™re looking forward to the same this year.โ€

The application window is final, with no extensions allowed.

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A project of Metro Republican Women, the biennial competition is open to girls in grades nine through 12 who reside or attend school in Minnesota. The girls can be from any type of school: homeschool, public, private, charter or other school. This is a nonprofit and nonpartisan event.

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