Founded in 1967, the Valley Catholic Middle School Speech Tournament celebrates excellence and student achievement.

In each category, there are four awards: first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention.

In the eighth-grade categories, the first place winners also receive a scholarship to the Catholic high school of their choice within the Archdiocese of Portland.


Plus: 2018 Registration Information For Coaches

In 1968, Pat Boyle was an eighth-grader who took part in the speech tournament reciting an excerpt from “The Velveteen Rabbit.” Boyle graduated from St. Mary of the Valley High School (now Valley Catholic) in 1973. Today, she is a respected broadcaster at KXL Radio in Portland.

Serving as emcee of the 2017 awards ceremony, Pat Boyle addressed the more than 400 students who took part in the tournament that year. “We live in a text message society with our faces looking down to our smartphones or computer screens,” she said. “That’s why this competition is so important for you and your development as a human being.”

Boyle added, “Congratulations to all of you for taking the risk and putting it out there today.” She added, “It’s not always easy, but you will reap the rewards long after today.”

Pat Boyle is scheduled to return as emcee for our 2018 awards ceremony.

Learn more in our Valley Catholic Middle School Speech Tournament Resource Guide for coaches, parents and visitors.

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