Congratulations to Academy for Public Speaking graduate Sanjana Kumar for winning 1st place in the 2018 North South Foundation Junior Public Speaking Bee in San Diego
In this extemporaneous speech contest, Sanjana competed against 13 middle school students ranging from 6th-8th grade. Despite being one of the youngest contestants, Sanjana won 1st place. We are proud of you, Sanjana!
The North South Foundation is a non-profit educational organization. They hold a variety of annual contests for students from 1st-12th grade who are part of Indian American families.
Public speaking bees are held for 6th-8th and 9th-12th grade students and there is a national level public speaking competition for 9th-12th grade students. Scholarships are awarded at the national level.
Each student receives the speech contest prompt 30 minutes prior to his or her presentation time. Contestants must rely on their own knowledge to plan a 2-3 minute speech on the assigned topic.
Money raised from the contest entry fees is used to provide scholarships to promote education for children in India who excel academically but need financial assistance to attend college.