The ACCS National Oratory Competition

For ACCS members

High school students from ACCS member schools will compete with their peers from other ACCS schools for a $500 grand prize. A maximum of one student (either one junior or one senior) submission per member school is allowed.

  • Grand Prize: $500. The first-prize winning student will present their speech at the annual ACCS Repairing the Ruins Conference. The student will receive an all-expense-paid trip for the winner, one parent, and one friend to the conference. Additional prizes may be awarded depending on conference location and venue.
  • Second Prize: $500.
  • Enter: Your school will provide and sign the entry forms. Member schools can find the information on the Member Resource Center/Chrysostom.
  • Timeframe: Entry deadline is normally in April. The award is presented at end of the school year.

Chrysostom Oratory Contest Winners

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2021 First Prize: Hannah Kim
“Fact Became Myth: The Mythology of Modern Science”
Veritas Classical Academy
Fullerton, CA
Delivered June 17, 2021 at Repairing the Ruins in Frisco, TX
2020 First Prize: Benjamin Ault
Rockbridge Academy
Crownsville, MD
2019 First Prize: Charity Kim (Repairing the Ruins Presentation)
Veritas Classical Academy
Fullerton, CA
2018 First Prize: Abraham Martin (Repairing the Ruins Presentation)
School of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO
2018 Second Prize: McKinley Traylor (Repairing the Ruins Presentation)
Trinitas Christian School
Pensacola, FL
 2017 Chrysostom First Prize K Turley 2017 First Prize: Kana Turley
Tall Oaks Classical School
Bear, DE
  2017 Second Prize: Abby Wallen
Rockbridge Academy
Millersville, MD
4762hannah_thompson 2016 First Prize: Hannah Thompson (Repairing the Ruins Presentation)
Evangel Classical Christian School
Alabaster, AL
4763katherinecvancara 2016 Second Prize: Katherine Cvancara (Repairing the Ruins Presentation)
The Oaks: A Classical Christian Academy
Spokane, WA
4463rachelcooley 2015 First Prize: Rachel Cooley
Rockbridge Academy
Millersville, MD
4464colbygilley 2015 Second Prize: Colby Gilley
Trinitas Christian School
Pensacola, FL
4136alexacripe 2014 Champion: Alexa Cripe (Repairing the Ruins Presentation)
Rockbridge Academy
Millersville, MD
4135khristiantrotter 2014 Runner-Up: Khristian Trotter (Repairing the Ruins Presentation)
Trinitas Christian School
Pensacola, FL
3364sarahchaffee 2013 Champion: Sarah Chaffee (Repairing the Ruins Presentation)
Tall Oaks Classical School
New Castle, DE
3365stephenfletcher 2013 Runner-Up: Stephen Fletcher (Repairing the Ruins Presentation)
Trinitas Christian School
Pensacola, FL
2749phoebehu 2012 Champion: Phoebe Hu
Tall Oaks Classical School
New Castle, DE
2744danieldawson 2012 Runner-Up: Daniel Dawson
Rockbridge Academy
Millersville, MD
2747kellyweber 2011 Champion: Kelly Weber
Tall Oaks Classical School
New Castle, DE
2745henryoveros 2011 Runner-Up: Henry Overos
Ad Fontes Academy
Centreville, VA
2742annakitchin 2010 Champion: Anna Kitchin
Rockbridge Academy
Millersville, MD
2748kristawilford 2010 Runner-Up: Krista Wilford
The Ambrose School
Meridian, ID
2741annahollidge 2009 Champion: Anna Hollidge
Rockbridge Academy
Millersville, MD