2020 Topic

 “What Freedom Means to Me"

Freedom is an important concept that has an impact on our daily lives, even if we are not aware of it. Freedom is viewed and defined differently by different people. Benjamin Franklin wrote that “Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature." Do you agree with this definition? Would you define it differently? This year's topic explores the concept of freedom and how it relates to our lives.

In organizing their speeches, students may choose to consider one or more of the following questions or present on their own aspect of the topic. Students may use these questions to help formulate ideas, but they should not be limited by this list.

  • How is freedom defined?
  • What does freedom mean to you?
  • What types of freedoms do you have? And how do they affect your everyday life?
  • How is freedom gained or lost?
  • Which freedom would you miss the most if it were taken away?
 
Note: The box of materials sent to the coordinator of the Level 1 Local School Speech Contest contains the awards and student brochures explaining the topic, the rules, judging criteria and pictures of the awards.