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Rules and Prizes
Rules and Prizes
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Submit Your Speech

MORRIS BLACK SPEAKING CONTEST

Zoom Awards Ceremony

FEBRUARY 21, 2021 | 5PM

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT JENN AT
[email protected]

Rules and Prizes

Morris Black Speaking Contest

Open to all Jewish students in Grades 3-8 in Hamilton and surrounding areas.

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. PREPARE A PRESENTATION FROM ONE OF THE TOPICS LISTED (suggested time limit is 3 minutes)
    a) Share your favourite Jewish folktale: Jewish lesson, moral, meaning.
    b) History of Jewish Music
    c) Extraordinary Jewish People
    d) The Varied Background of Jews Around the World
    e) Growing up Jewish in a Small Community
    f) What’s your family’s favourite holiday tradition?
    g) A Day Trip in Jewish History
    h) My Jewish/Life
    i) Learning At Home during Coronavirus
    j) What’s in a Name?
    k) Keeping the Memory of the Holocaust Alive. How and why?
    l) Any Jewish topic in the spirit of the contest
  2. RECORD YOUR SPEECH
    See FAQ for tech help and video presentation tips
  3. FILL IN THE REGISTRATION FORM BELOW AND SHARE LINK TO YOUR VIDEO
  4. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT ZOOM AWARDS CEREMONY ON FEBRUARY 21 AT 5:00 PM ALL ENTRANTS WILL RECEIVE AN EMAILED INVITE TO THE CEREMONY

Video Submissions Accepted until Sunday, February 7, 2021

LATE REGISTRATIONS MAY NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES

To register, simply submit the form below.

Submit Your Speech

More information is available from Rick Black at 905.928.5080 or by contacting Jenn Laslo at 905.648.0613

FAQ

What’s the best way to film my child’s presentation?2020-12-18T13:48:15-05:00

Here are some simple tips for effective filming:

  • Find a bright, quiet space.
  • Try to make the background as neutral as possible – remove any distracting objects from behind your child that could take the judges’ focus away.
  • To ensure sufficient lighting, place your child near a large window– just make sure your camera is NOT pointed directly at the window.
  • Encourage your child to speak with volume, as they would if the judges were sitting at a distance.
  • Have your child stand so the judges can see their whole body.  They can use cue cards as they would normally.
  • Keep distractions, such as pets or other people, out of the shot.
  • Eye contact with the camera is important, so ensure your child knows where they should be looking.
  • Mobile phones or tablets with cameras are great to film with.  You can shoot in either portrait or landscape framing.  The key is to keep the camera as STILL as possible.  Use a tripod, stand or other method to minimize shakiness.
  • Your video should only contain ONE version of your child’s speech.  If a video file is submitted with multiple takes, the first one will be used.
How should my child’s video be titled?2020-12-18T13:49:06-05:00

All videos should be titled like this: Grade_FirstName_LastName.mov (or .mp4 or .avi) This will help us to easily organize all of the video files.

What should my child wear?2020-12-18T13:49:59-05:00

During COVID-19 many families have adjusted to school at-home by dressing less formally, even during online classes.  Please keep in mind that as contestants, students are still representing their school or synagogue and we ask that they dress in a respectful manner.  Dress for success!

How do I share my video link?2020-12-18T13:50:36-05:00

Once you have recorded your child’s speech, upload it from your device to an internet platform such as Dropbox, WeTransfer or Google Drive.  If you are using Google Drive, please ensure that when you SHARE or GET LINK to the file that you change the file from “Restricted” to “Anyone with the Link” before you copy the link into the submission form.

Will my child be judged against everyone else in their grade?2020-12-18T13:51:18-05:00

Similar to the in-person contest, entries will be separated into groups of 10-20 videos. For example, if we only have 10 Grade 6 entrants, then we will only have one judging group for that grade with one set of prize winners.  If we have 30 Grade 6 entrants, then we will have two judging groups with two sets of prize winners.  If we have 50 Grade 6 entrants, then we will have three judging groups with three sets of prize winners.

Will I be able to see the videos of the other participants?2020-12-18T13:57:08-05:00

Yes! Following the virtual ceremony on February 21, all participants will receive email with links to watch all of the submitted speeches in each of the grades.  Please note, however, that the links will only be available for one week.

When will winners be announced?2020-12-18T13:52:10-05:00

All registrants and their families will receive a link to a Zoom Awards Ceremony which will take place on February 21 at 5:00 pm.

How will winners receive their prizes?2020-12-18T13:52:39-05:00

Hamilton Jewish Federation will ensure prize cheques are delivered to winning participants in the week following the announcement. We encourage parents to make every effort to deposit the cheques in a timely fashion to avoid them becoming stale-dated.

How should participants begin their speeches?2020-12-18T13:54:00-05:00

All speeches should begin with the phrase, “Honorable judges, viewers, and fellow participants…”

Will the judges know the name of the participants?2020-12-18T14:15:29-05:00

No. All video submissions will be stripped of any name identifiers and will be assigned a participant number. The judges will receive a video gallery of the submitted speeches, presented in a random order.

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MORRIS BLACK PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST

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