It's a high school competition that started in 1910 as part of a State High School Track and Field meet, even though it had nothing to do with running.  The following year, South Dakota's first state declamation contest broke away from track and field and has since developed into today's State Oral Interpretation Festival.

High School students who do not suffer from glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking, will be competing in the 105th Annual SDHSAA State Oral Interpretation Festival this Friday and Saturday (December 5th and December 6th, 2014) in Huron, South Dakota, at the Huron Events Center and Huron High School.

Students from 84 different South Dakota high schools will make up about 309 Class AA, Class A and Class B entries in this year's Festival. All participants have advanced to the state level of competition through local and regional contests or intra-school competitions in their own schools.

South Dakota's best high school speakers will interpret their pieces in the categories of Non-Original Oratory, Serious, Storytelling, Poetry, Humorous, Duet Interpretation and Readers Theatre.  All speakers will be hoping to capture "Superior" ratings, which are equivalent to a state championship in each of the above events.

The State Oral Interpretation Festival begins at 10 AM on Friday and will wrap up with two sessions at 9 AM and 1:30 PM on Saturday. Awards will be announced at the end of the different sessions and special team awards that will recognize the high schools will be given at the conclusion of the Festival on Saturday.

The 105th Annual State Oral Interpretation Festival is sponsored by the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

Huron Event Center

Huron High School