Senior Varsity Speech

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Senior Varsity Speech Events are for students ages 12-19.

Rules:  Description and requirements for event PARTICIPANTS.

Worksheet:  JUDGES worksheet for the event.

Ballot:  JUDGES ballot used to evaluate a round.


Limited Prep

  Editorial Impromptu                      

Impromptu Mars Hill
  * EI Ballot * IMH Ballot
  * EI Judge Worksheet * IMH Judge Worksheet


2013-2014 Mars Hill Event



Stoa Mars Hill Impromptu Topics

© 2013 Stoa Rev 07/13


This is the general topic list for Mars Hill. Topics from this list may be used at any tournament without posting them. There are many other books, movies, etc. which could be used to create other lists but if a tournament creates new topic lists, they must be posted at the time of the tournament registration.

Topics for each individual round of a tournament have to come entirely from one of the categories below or entirely from a new list. The reason for this is so all of the students in the round may have an equal amount of pre tournament preparation time.



Below are the movies for the Impromptu Mars Hill event this year.  Please visit the websites below to read Christian reviews for the movies.  The reviews on these sites should be sufficient if you do not wish to watch the movies.  

Plugged-In Online

Christian Spotlight on Entertainment

Christianity Today

Recent Movies (last 5 years):

1. Thor (2011)

2. The Artist (2011)

3. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

4. Despicable Me 2 (2013)

5. Inception (2010)

6. Megamind (2010)

7. Man of Steel (2013)

8. True Grit (2010)

9. Brave (2012)

10. Avatar (2009)

11. Hugo (2010)

12. Les Miserables (2012)

13. Invictus (2009)

14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010/2011)

15. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (2010/2011)

16. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)


Classic Movies:

1. Citizen Kane (1941)

2. Gone with the Wind (1939)

3. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

5. Inherit the Wind (1960)

6. Star Wars (1977)

7. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

8. Casablanca (1942)

9. All About Eve (1950)

10. High Noon (1952)

11. Life is Beautiful (1997)

12. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

13. The Truman Show (1998)

14. The Quiet Man (1952)

15. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

16. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)



Song Lyrics (current or classic):

1. Imagine by John Lennon

2. What Makes you Beautiful by One Direction

3. Clarity by Zedd

4. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

5. Burn It Down by Linkin Park

6. Boyfriend by Justin Bieber

7. All You Need is Love by The Beatles

8. Gone Gone Gone by Philip Phillips

9. Counting Stars by OneRepublic

10. Wake Me Up by Avicii

11. Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson

12. Satisfaction by Rolling Stones

13. Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd

14. Grenade by Bruno Mars

15. You Gotta Serve Somebody by Bob Dylan

16. Material Girl by Madonna


Ad Campaigns:

(students can prep for these by watching them on YouTube or googling the ad campaigns for content):

1. The Happiest Place On Earth (Disneyland)

2. Stay Extraordinary (Diet Coke)

3. Impossible is Nothing (Adidas)

4. Greatness Awaits (Sony Playstation)

5. Yes We Can (President Obama)

6. Expect More. Pay Less. (Target )

7. Live For Now (Pepsi)

8. It’s Not Just a Drink. It’s an Experience.(McDonald’s McCafe)

9. It’s all inside (JC Penney)

10. You’re in good hands. (Allstate Insurance)

11. Life's for sharing (T Mobile)

12. Believe. Because it works. (Weight Watchers)

13. TASTE IS KING (Burger King)

14. Think different (Apple)

15. Chase What Matters (Chase Bank)

16. Get Ahead (FedEx)


Current Books:

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

3. The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two by Rick Riordan

4. The Confession by John Grisham

5. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

6. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

8. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

9. The Secret Life of Bees

by Sue Monk Kidd

10. Holes by Louis Sachar

11. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

13. The Giver by Lois Lowry

14. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

15. Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

16. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom


Classic Books:

1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

4. Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

6. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

8. Screwtape Letters by C.S.Lewis

9. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

10. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

11. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

12. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

13. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

14. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

15. Animal Farm by George Orwell

16. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein



1. The Mikado (1885)

2. Wicked (2003)

3. Phantom of the Opera (1986)

4. Our Town (1938))

5. Death of a Salesman (1949)

6. The Crucible (1952)

7. Beauty and the Beast (1994)

8. The Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

9. The Glass Menagerie (1944)

10. The Sound of Music (1965)

11. Romeo and Juliet (1597)

12. My Fair Lady (1956)

13. The Diary of Anne Frank (1955)

14. You Can’t Take It With You (1937)

15. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982)

16. Mary Poppins (2004)


Country Classics:

1. Anyway You Want Me, That’s How I will Be by Elvis Presley

2. Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash

3. People Like Us by Kelly Clarkson

4. Jesus Take the Wheel by Carrie Underwood

5. Mean by Taylor Swift

6. Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton

7. It’s Only Make Believe by Conway Twitty

8. If Tomorrow Never Comes by Garth Brooks

9. Is There Life Out There? by Reba McEntire

10. Concrete Angel by Martina McBride

11. I’ve Been Watching You by Rodney Atkins

12. Live Like You were Dying by Tim McGraw

13. Mr. Mom by Lonestar

14. Accidental Racist by Brad Paisley (& Ll Cool J)

15. I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack

16. On the Road Again by Willie Nelson





Dramatic Interp                              Duo Humorous Interp
* DI Ballot * DHI Ballot
* DI Judge Worksheet * DHI Judge Worksheet



Persuasive                                   Apologetics
* PP Ballot * PA Ballot
* PP Judge Worksheet * PA Judge Worksheet




Apologetics questions/topics for 2013 - 2014


The following are questions for the CCT Platform Apologetics event and the STOA Impromptu Apologetics event.   For the CCT Platform Apologetics Speech please choose one question to answer or one statement to respond to: 



Stoa Apologetics Questions © 2013 Stoa Rev 07/13


Christian apologetics is a rational, thoughtful defense of the theological tenets of Christianity. It is not a sermon and it is not necessarily a presentation of the gospel or an overt evangelistic opportunity.

Students should approach the question or topic from an apologetic perspective and craft their response as if the audience were not sympathetic to the message being presented.

The end goal is for students to understand the rational basis for their faith and to be able to defend and communicate theological truth to those outside the faith.


NOTE: For any of the Ambassador Students who have approached the Apologetics event according to STOA guidelines, i.e. as an Impromptu event: When Questions are added/deleted at the start of a new season, the numbering of existing questions can change. Competitors should review all their Apologetics cards to be sure they correspond with the correct question numbers on the updated list.

*All NEW Apologetics Questions will be marked with an asterisk (*) for easy referencing.



General Questions

1. In what ways has God revealed Himself to man?

2. If God is real, why can’t people see or touch Him?

3. If God is holy, why did He allow sin in the world?

4. How can God be both merciful and just?

5. Open theology states that God is constantly changing and growing with His creation. Respond to this idea.

6. Why is the unchanging nature of God essential to who He is?

7. Where did God come from?

*8. If God is loving, why is there suffering in the world?


Category 2: SCRIPTURES

General Questions

1. Jesus clearly demonstrated His belief in the authority of Scripture. Defend this statement with evidence.

2. If the Bible was written by men, how could it also be written by God?

3. How can the Bible be trustworthy when it has been translated so many times?

4. What is the foundation for accurate Bible translation?

5. Does it matter whether the entire Bible is true? Can we accept some parts of it and not others?

6. Why should the Bible be trusted if it is full of contradictions?

*7. How can an “inerrant” book come from errant men?

*8. Does science contradict the Bible?

*9. How can we trust the Bible if we don’t have the original manuscripts?



General Questions

1. Do all men have a longing for God?

2. Do all men have a conscience?

3. If God is invisible (1 Timothy 1:17), how can man be made in the image of God?

4. If man is inherently sinful, why do most men lead relatively good lives?

5. What is the purpose of man?

6. What is the destiny of man?

7. Why would a loving God create Hell?

8. What is the essential duty of man?

9. What is meant by the "Fall of Man", and how does it impact man’s relationship with God?

*10. What is the essential nature of man?

*11. Does God hate the sin but love the sinner?



General Questions

1. How can a man know God?

2. Can a man become right with God by keeping the Ten Commandments?

3. Isn't it narrow-minded to believe there is only one way to Heaven?

4. Why does man need salvation?

5. What does it mean to be adopted as a child of God?

6. Can a Christian have assurance of his salvation?

*7. What will happen to the innocent people who have never heard about Jesus and the gospel?

*8. Do good people go to heaven?



General Questions

1. Why is the Resurrection essential to the Christian faith?

2. If God is infinite, how could He limit Himself in the person of Christ?

3. The Bible presents Jesus as both God and man. Why is this central to the Christian faith?

4. Why did Jesus have to die to provide salvation for men?

5. What evidence is there for the historical existence of Jesus?

6. How do we know that Jesus really died? Didn't he just swoon on the cross and then become revived in the

coolness of the cave where they buried Him?

7. What evidence is there for the resurrection of Jesus?

8. Did Jesus attain deity by His sacrificial death, or was He God from the beginning?

9. If Jesus is God, what did Jesus mean by, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Mark 15:34

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®). Crossway © 2001.



(*NOTE: This entire category of questions are NEW for the 2013-2014 season.)

General Questions

1. How is Christian stewardship distinct from the environmentalist movement?

2. Is Christianity a religion of intolerance?

3. Is transcendental meditation a viable activity for Christians?

4. Is the concept of Karma found in the Bible?

5. Do Christians, Jews and Muslims worship the same God?

6. How do the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses differ from traditional Christianity?



“Scripture quotations marked (NASB®) are taken from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission." < >

“Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” < >