The winner will advance to the District 9 finals Feb. 8, followed by Area 2 finals, state finals and nationals in Indianapolis. Scholarship awards are presented to the three finalists in the final round of the national contest as follows:
* First place - $18,000
* Second place - $16,000
* Third place - $14,000
Smaller awards are given during the contests leading to the finals.
Participants must be enrolled in high school during the time of the competition. Interested students should contact their school's speech department.