EXPRESS, A Reason to Speak, and Beginning Public Speaking

ICCFS Mission Statement

Design training and practice-experiences to assist students in developing essential analytical and oratorical skills needed to become character-driven communicators and extraordinary leaders who impact culture.


This is accomplished by:

  • establishing mentoring communities to further develop ordinary students as extraordinary leaders.
  • implementing and maintaining safe practice environments for school-aged students 
  • designing events that correlate to ICC curriculum to provide additional coaching and practicing before presentations are taken into the community.
  • creating practice opportunities to develop and refine real-world skills.
  • providing motivation through a competitive structure that ties recognition and rewards to ICC curriculum.

What People Are Saying

"The highlight for me was observing the Speech-Story Adaptation. l was blown away by the standard and abilities of these talented teenagers. I was captivated by their outstanding works, their abilities to creatively modernise a literally work, retelling it in our Singaporean context...and most of all, delivering a relevant message for a contemporary audience in the limited time given. They were all so brilliant!"

-- Community Evaluator in Singapore

What You Can Expect

Overview of educational objectives and documentation for school and work:

ICCFS Participation Verification


Competence, Character and Community

Tournament Highlights - Virginia



Prepare for fully engaged participation.

  • Speakers must commit to being present from their designated tournament check-in until the conclusion of the tournament showcase.
  • An adult chaperone must be present and available to evaluate as needed during the entire tournament.
  • View the Schedule here: ICCFS Tournament Schedule 2019

Agreement with the Liability Waiver & Media Release.


Helpful Resources

Find event-specific information on these Overviews.

Impromptu - speaking without a written presentation

Platform - presenting information

Storytelling - presenting a piece of literature


Speaker Orientation Video - introduces new speakers to what they can expect at a tournament

Script Submission Training Video - learn where to find information while mentoring speakers (Slides found here.)

Script Submission Overview - examples of correct and incorrect script submission documents and attributions.

Please contact [email protected] for questions.


Questions & Answers

General Tournament Questions

Q: What is the purpose of packages which include multiple speech events?

A: We want you to get the most out of the time you will spend at the tournament. You will experience the most transformation, the most improvement and the most fun if you spend the day practicing your speaking skills. The tournament is designed just for that reason. Practicing the basic public speaking skills over and over again will help you master those skills more quickly and you will feel more confident than if you just practice once a week in chapter. Imagine all the community platforms you will be ready for after the tournament!


Q: What do I do if I don't have speeches written for each of the three Pattern A events?

A: Bring whatever you have and practice it! The purpose of a tournament is to practice and get feedback.

  • Impromptu is a limited preparation event so requires no preparation! It may be helpful to look over the list of questions and statements that may be posed so you are familiar with them. They can be found on the Impromptu Overview.

  • Storytelling can be something as simple as reading a poem or scripture passage or even reading a script copied from a book. Speakers may also bring a speech they prepared previously for another class or assignment and apply the principles learned in their current ICC course.

  • Platform speeches can be an introduction about yourself  - even if it's only partially written. Bring whatever you have and practice it! You can continue to work on it after the tournament.

Q: What should I bring to the tournament?

A: Bring your script submission forms and all the required documents. You may also want to bring an extra copy of your script to keep with you. Don't forget a water bottle, snack, paper and pen or pencil.


Q: What should I wear to the tournament?

A: In order to practice dressing for our audience, all students are asked to exhibit neat and professional appearance as a way to demonstrate respect for others and the platform. Smart casual, such as collared shirts or dress blouses with slacks/khakis/nice jeans or skirts/dresses, is appropriate.

Q: If there is an issue with my script submission will I still be able to participate?

A: All speakers will practice their presentations during the tournament regardless of whether or not their submissions are compliant. Speakers are given an opportunity to correct non-compliant script submissions and re-submit before they present.


Q: Do I need to be present for the entire tournament?

A: Speakers commit to attend from their check-in time through the ICC Showcase when they register. Speakers must compete in all their rounds and be present at the ICC Showcase in order to receive their completed speech ballots

General Script Submission Questions

Purpose for script submission

We at ICC are preparing students for the real world. In the real world it is both respectful and proper to give credit where credit is due. This is true in the workplace, in school, and in life. Through our Script Submission protocol we equip students to cite their sources for all ideas, stories, and images they include in presentations. This practice has given many of our students an advantage when going on to the University and in their jobs. You are encouraged to apply this script submission practice beyond the ICCFS tournament environment.

Script Submission Overview - examples of correct and incorrect script submission documents and attributions.

Script Submission Training Recording - recorded training about how to find information and mentor speakers as they learn to respect sources

Script Submission Training Slides - slides with notes taken from the recording.

Q: Is there a specific way to label my script submission documents?

A: Yes. Include your name, event and tournament date in the top right hand corner of each page. (If your photocopied source material is stapled together securely, you only need to include that information on the top page.)

Q: Is there a standard method for assembling script submissions?

A: Yes. Required documents are to be attached to the script submission form in the order they are listed on the form. Include your name, event and tournament date in the top right hand corner of each page. (If your photocopied source material is stapled together securely, you only need to include that information on the top page.)

Q: Does my presentation script need to be typed out?

A: Yes. As with any formal document, it needs to be typed out word-for-word and include your name, event and tournament date in the top right hand corner of each page.

Q: After I submit my script, can I get it back?

A: Once submitted, scripts are unavailable to use during the tournament. If you need to use your script during the tournament you should bring an additional one.

Q: May I print my documents double-sided?

A: No. Your script submission are formal documents and should be treated as such.

Script Submission Definitions

Arranged alphabetically

For a complete list refer to the General Tournaments Help page.

Specific event questions can be found on Speech Events linked above.

Photocopied Source Material   

A photocopy of the original literature used for an interpretation. Only the pages the presenter is actually quoting from need to be copied. These copies can be made in black and white.

Presentation Script

Typed out word-for-word copy of exactly what the speaker is going to say. After the title, it should not contain any words the speaker does not speak such as blocking notes, character prompts, URLs, etc. The speaker's name, event and tournament date is in the top right corner. This script will not be available during the tournament..


An object used by the speaker to enhance the presentation.

Quoted Words highlighted in Presentation Script   

Highlight all words you quote from someone other than yourself.

  • For Platform presentations, highlight the words within quotation marks.
  • For Storytelling, the entire script will be highlighted because additional words cannot be added.

Quoted Words highlighted in Source Material   

Highlight all of the spoken words in the Photocopied Source Material (see definition above).

  • For Storytelling, all words are highlighted because no words can be deleted from within the piece of literature.
  • The title and author are not highlighted as the speaker uses them to cite the source; they are not quoted words.

Source Material Copyright Page

A photocopy of the copyright page of the original source material used for the presentation. The copyright page of each literary source must be included. Sources from the Internet can be used if copyright information can be printed (minimum: copyright date and author) If not, a physical copy of the literature must be located and used.

Total number of quoted words

The number of words within quotation marks (and highlighted) that are directly quoted in the Presentation Script.

Visual Aid

Any prop,A physical object, or visual display used to enhance a presentation.

Works Cited Page  

A page listing all the resources referenced or used in preparing the presentation. This includes books, articles, interviews, lectures, website, podcasts, etc. Any source that is used for research should be listed, even if not quoted directly in the presentation. Sources should be listed alphabetically using a standard citation format such as MLA. The URLs alone are not acceptable as a means of citing a source. ( can be used to create formal citations.)