Fifty Minnesota high school girls will be selected to compete in a juried oratory competition Oct. 26 at the Minnesota State Capitol, according to a news release. The speech topic is “A Republic if you can keep it" Rising to Benjamin Franklin’s Challenge." A total of $1,750 will be awarded to the top three speeches.

Competition schedule and rules, details about the application process, and speech preparation tips can be found at speakingproudly.org. Applications are due Aug. 1 and selection of competitors will be made by Aug. 31. A $50 deposit with each application is returned to the girl if she is not selected to compete or after she engages in the competition, according to the release.

The event is sponsored by Metro Republican Women, www.metrogopwomen.org.

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