This Year's Dramatic Interpretation Passages



Creative Project Rules

No levels or divisions are recognized with respect to creative contests.
Each participating school may have as many entries as they would like in each project contest.

No group projects are allowed. A project MUST be the work of the student entered. The student may receive minor help from family members; the vast majority of the design and execution must be the student’s. Projects will be subdivided into twelve classifications, as listed below. All projects must be identified on one side of a 3” x 5” card with the student’s name, school, and grade. Cards may be filled out in advance or upon arrival at Forum. Criteria for judging will be originality, neatness, degree of skill, artistry and mastery of media, design, and adherence to the classical theme. All projects are to consist of one item or several variations of the same item whose combined size is within the size limitations. A project may be framed but not under glass. A project may be laminated.
N.B.: Some categories have been combined for judging purposes. Please see the Contests description page of this packet for the categories.

I. PREJUDGED PROJECTS: Prejudged projects are divided into two classifications: Technology (Audio-Visual and Computer Program) and Modern Myth. Please e-mail pre-judged creative contests entries (myths, computer programs, videos) directly to Daniel Robie (daniel_robie@scps.k12.fl.us) OR mail to:
Winter Springs High School
130 Tuskawilla Road
Winter Springs, FL 32708
c/o Daniel Robie, Latin Teacher
Entries in pre-judged contests must be RECEIVED by January 26, 2012! If mailing, postmark by January 23.
Media must be properly packaged to avoid shipping damage.

Audio-Visual: Projects may be submitted through e-mail or through regular mail by the expressed deadline. Regular mail submissions may be on DVD, CD, or USB flash drive postmarked by the deadline. You may submit a backup copy on another medium. A submitted disc or drive must only contain files necessary for the project; no other files should be present. All submissions must be able to play on a PC using Media Player or needing no additional software to play or download. The maximum length for these presentations is 6 minutes. The project can be a combination of information and entertainment. Quality, not quantity, will be more heavily scored by the judges. Although other students may be involved in the production, e.g., as actors or cameramen, the student submitting the project must have written, directed, and edited the project himself.

Computer Programs: Projects may be submitted through e-mail or through regular mail by the expressed deadline. Regular mail submissions may be on DVD, CD, or USB flash drive postmarked by the deadline. You may submit a second copy on another medium as a backup. A submitted disc or drive must only contain files necessary for the project; no other files should be present. The program may be original or adapted. If original, please include the printed source code. If adapted, the source of the program must be identified. PowerPoint presentations must be in this category. If a commercial program is used to create graphics or other special effects, credit must be given at the beginning of the program.
The program must be designed to be used in the teaching of Latin. Programs which focus on any academic contest content area are acceptable (e.g., Latin grammar, Roman history, customs, et al.). The program may be designed as a study unit, a test, a game, etc.
The program should take no more than 6 minutes to run. Points will be deducted for run-time errors.
The student must submit with the program a short (maximum one page), typed explanation of what has been done and for what purpose. Include instructions on how to run the program.

Modern Myth: The Modern Myth may be one of the following:
Category 1: An original myth to explain the existence of some phenomenon in nature or modern culture (it should use Classical Greek or Roman mythological characters but not a combination of both; new, invented characters with classical names may also be used).
Category 2: A classical myth in modern dress or setting that should be recognizable through the plot and not through the names of characters (the writer must identify the original myth in a postscript to the story).
Category 3: A new myth using classical figures (may include minor original characters), e.g., a new Hercules tale.
The Modern Myth should not contradict an existing myth. New characters and/or new adventures may be invented, but no tampering with basic, traditional mythology should occur.
Myths must be 500-1200 words long. Myths outside this range will lose 1 point per 100 words off with a maximum deduction of 8 points; entries over 2000 words will be disqualified. The entry must be typed, double-spaced, black ink, 12-point standard font (Arial, Times New Roman, or similar), with one-inch margins. The entry may be prose or poetry. The top of each page must feature the title, category number (see above), and page number.
If you are submitting through the mail, three clean, stapled photocopies must be submitted, accompanied by one unattached cover sheet. The cover sheet must include the name of the student, school, teacher’s name, grade in school, level of Latin completed, the total number of words, the title of the myth, and the category (i.e., 1, 2 or 3 as identified above). Entries that do not state the student’s grade level will be disqualified. Points will be deducted on the basis of one point per missing item if any information is missing. It is emphatically recommended that the student’s sponsor read and approve the entry—both the story itself and the cover sheet.

II. PROJECTS JUDGED AT FORUM: These projects will be divided into six classifications: (1) Drawings, (2) Handicrafts (Illustrated Notebooks; Textiles; Pottery/Sculpture; Two-Dimensional, Non-Graphic), (3) Information (Charts and Posters; Maps), (4) Games and Miscellaneous, (5) Models, and (6) Paintings.
A short (maximum one page), typed explanation of the making and the purpose of the project may accompany the submission.
Criteria for judging will be originality, neatness, degree of skill, artistry and mastery of media, design, and adherence to classical theme. All projects are to consist of one item or several variations of the same item whose combined size is within the size limitations; e.g., one large catapult or two smaller, related weapons whose combined size conforms to the category specifications; one painting or drawing or several small ones attached together whose combined size conforms to the category specifications; one quilt or several pieces of embroidery whose combined size conforms to the category specifications. Projects submitted on common tri-fold Science Fair project display boards measuring 36 x 48 will be judged as oversized and penalized accordingly. A project may be framed but not be under any covering. A project may be laminated. Electrically-powered projects cannot be plugged in; they must be battery-operated. Projects must be completely set up at time of check in; no one may tend to or tinker with a project after close of check in. Projects must be picked up at the time designated in the State Forum program, or they will be discarded.

(1) Drawing: (pencil, ink, crayon, pastel, marker) Dimensions must be between 8 x 11 inches and 16 x 20 inches, excluding mat. This may be a single work or several smaller ones whose combined size is within the size limitations.

(2) Handicrafts:
Illustrated Notebooks:Maximum dimensions are limited to 16 x 20 inches. Notebooks are not term papers or research papers. The emphasis is on illustration. Notebook text should be the student’s own words. Do not plagiarize sources. Information sources should be cited in correct bibliographic form at the end of the notebooks. The use of photocopying or Internet pictures is prohibited; ORIGINAL ARTWORK IS REQUIRED. Text may be computer generated. This category includes books, recipe books, scrolls, and thematic notebooks.
Textiles:Maximum dimensions are limited to 42 x 42 inches; the maximum height is 36 inches. No kits or patterns may be used without major changes. If a kit or pattern is used, it must be noted on the Project Description Card. This category includes items such as quilts, sewn dolls, clothing, cross stitch, embroidery, weaving, banners, et al.
Pottery/Sculpture:Maximum dimensions of base are limited to the 36 x 36 inches; the maximum height is 36 inches. Must be handmade only. If a mold is used, it must be made completely by the student with a description of the process of how the mold was made.
Two-Dimensional, Non-Graphic:Maximum dimensions are limited to the 42 x 42 inches. This category includes mosaics, stained glass, wood inlay, metal etchings, and the like. Mosaics must be made on a firm background. Only one layer of tesserae may be used. The entire surface of a mosaic must be covered with tesserae.

(3) Information:
Charts and Posters:Maximum dimensions are limited to the size of one standard piece of poster board (22 x 28 inches) or medium foam board (20 x 30 inches). This may be a single work or several smaller ones whose combined size is within the size limitations. The use of photocopying or Internet pictures is prohibited; original artwork is required. Text may be computer generated.
Maps:Maximum dimensions are limited to the size of one standard piece of poster board (22 x 28 inches) or medium foam board (20 x 30 inches). May vary in media (e.g., a textile reproduction of a map) and may be three-dimensional; the maximum height is 36 inches. All maps, regardless of medium (e.g., textile, painting, model) should be registered in this category. The use of photocopying or Internet pictures is prohibited; original artwork is required. Text may be computer generated.

(4) Games and Miscellaneous:
Games:Maximum dimensions are limited to the size of one standard piece of poster board (22 x 28 inches) or medium foam board (20 x 30 inches). Games must include directions, playing pieces, and everything needed to play. Games may be made of various media. The use of photocopying or Internet pictures is prohibited; ORIGINAL ARTWORK IS REQUIRED. Text may be computer generated.
Miscellaneous:This category includes items not falling into any other category. Projects must not be entered in the miscellaneous category simply to avoid the penalty for failure to comply with rules in the other categories. Maximum dimensions are limited to 42 x 42 inches; the maximum height is 36 inches. This category includes items such as actual size reproductions (e.g., of armor or weaponry), jewelry, decoupage, and other unique items.

(5) Models: Maximum dimensions of base are limited to the 42 x 42 inches; maximum height is 36 inches, including the base. Models should be workable, if applicable. Models are scale reproductions (i.e., not actual size) either of a particular item or a generic type, e.g., house, theater, bridge. Actual size reproductions fall in the MISCELLANEOUS category.

(6) Paintings: (watercolors, acrylic, oil, tempera, spray paint, enamel paint, poster paint, ink (if applied with something other than a pen)) Dimensions must be between 8 x 11 inches and 16 x 20 inches, excluding mat. This may be a single work or several smaller ones attached together whose combined size is within the size limitations.

For the last time….

Please e-mail pre-judged creative contests entries (myths, computer programs, videos) directly to Daniel Robie (daniel_robie@scps.k12.fl.us) OR mail to:
Winter Springs High School
130 Tuskawilla Road
Winter Springs, FL 32708
c/o Daniel Robie, Latin Teacher
Entries in pre-judged contests must be RECEIVED by January 26, 2012! If mailing, postmark by January 23.
Media must be properly packaged to avoid shipping damage.


Performance Contest Rules

Each participating school may have up to four total entries in oral and costume contests. A couple’s costume counts as one entry.

Original Orations.
1. Orations must be original and persuasive, written in English and containing Latin or Greek phrases where appropriate.
2. The subject is to be a mythological or historical idea or event from Classical times.
3. Orations may not paraphrase, or depend upon in content, any extant speech or literature.
4. A classical character is permitted as an integral part of the speech and may be identified in a brief announcement prior to the beginning of the speech or in the course of the content.
5. Historical figures are limited to those found in the periods listed under the Greek and Roman history test sections.
6. Presentation at regional forum during the current year is the only prior usage of this speech that is permitted.
7. No costumes, notes, or props of any kind are permitted.
8. The oration must be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than five minutes.
9. A student may start an oration over once without penalty.
10. A student may be identified only by number, not by name tag or school clothing.
11. Before beginning the speech, the contestant must present one typed copy of the oration marked with the following divisions:
I. Exordium – introduction to arouse interest
II. Narratio – statement of facts of the case
III. Propositio – statement of what is to be proven
IV. Argumentatio
A. Confirmatio – affirmative arguments
B. Confutatio – refutation of opposing arguments
V. Peroratio – conclusion, summary of main points, and a sensational, dramatic appeal
12. The student’s number and division should be on the back of the speech.
13. The oration must be memorized.

Declamations.
1. Declamations are original dramatic presentations in English with the students acting the part of one or more specific characters from classical mythology or history.
2. Declamations may not be paraphrases of extant speeches in the literature.
3. Appropriate Latin or Greek phrases may be used.
4. The characters may be announced prior to the beginning of the speech but with no further explanation.
5. Historical figures are limited to those found in the periods listed under the Greek and Roman history test sections.
6. The speech may have been used only in regional forum during the current year.
7. No costume, notes, or props of any kind may be used.
8. Time limits are three to five minutes, with a deduction in points for not observing the limits.
9. While the declamation must be memorized, the student may start a declamation over once without penalty.
10. The student or his/her school may not be identified other than by declamation number given at registration.
11. The student is required to submit a copy of his/her declamation to the judges.



Dramatic Interpretations.
1. The 2012 NJCL creative arts selections will be used for the Dramatic Interpretation selections. The texts will soon be available on the NJCL website (www.njcl.org) and the FJCL website (www.fjcl.org).
2. The reading must be memorized.
3. No props, costumes, notes, or prompters are to be used.
4. The student may preface his/her presentation with an introduction in English although this is not necessary and will not be judged as part of the presentation. The preface must be one minute or less.
5. One false start is allowed without a point reduction.
6. Students must not wear their name tags or clothing identifying their schools.

Costumes.
Girls: Hippolyta
Boys: Hypnos
Couples: Uranus and Gaia

1. The student must have photocopies of receipts for materials and supplies not to exceed $30.00. Points will be deducted for no receipts. Original receipts are to be kept for States and Nationals. Photocopies will not be returned.
2. All visible clothing and decoration must be included in the costs.
3. Donated materials are to be included within the limits of costume expenditures and counted at their fair market value.
4. Costumes must be constructed by student with aid only from family members.
5. Costumes will be judged on authenticity, design, workmanship, and characterization.
6. The student must submit a picture of himself/herself in costume. Points will be deducted for no picture.
7. Judges are to note that while props for scenic effect, audio tapes, and other adjuncts may affect the overall grade, the focus of this contest is the costume itself.

Sample Questions: How does your costume represent your character? Why have you chosen this color/style? What does this prop represent? What is on your feet, arms, etc., and why? How much of this costume was your own work? How did you go about constructing this particular item? Where did you find your accessories? What sources did you use for your information on your character? What else would you like to tell us about your costume? Would you turn around slowly so we can all see?

N.B. There will be seven categories judged for performances: Dramatic Interpretation I, Dram. Interp. II, Dram. Interp. (Adv. Prose), Dram. Interp. (Adv. Poetry), Declamations, Orations, and Costumes. For Costumes and Dramatic Interpretation, students may choose to do either the boy’s or girl’s costume/passage.