(Note: Each year a different Churchill quote will be given as a prompt for the creation of the prepared oration.)
This quote came out of a discussion on India’s proposed independence during World War II. There was a deadlock between India and the British Empire. Roosevelt wrote Churchill asking him to keep the Lord Privy Seal (Delhi) in India a little longer to make a final effort at negotiating India’s independence. Roosevelt wanted to see if India and the British Empire could agree on allowing India to set up a Nationalist government on a trial basis. At the end of the trial, India and the British Empire would decide on their future relationship.
Churchill’s reaction to Roosevelt’s letter was one of one of disapproval.
“I was thankful that events had already made such an act of madness impossible. The human race cannot make progress without idealism, but idealism at other people’s expense and without regard to the consequences of ruin and slaughter which fall upon millions of humble homes cannot be considered as its highest or noblest form…”
“…There was still hope and the chance that all could be repaired and that we should not fail in our duty to preserve…Indian society…Without the integrity of executive military control and the power to govern in the war area hope and chance alike would perish. This was no time for a constitutional experiment with a “period of trial and error” to determine the “future relationship” of India to the British Empire…We could not desert the Indian peoples by abandoning our responsibility and leaving them to anarchy or subjugation…”
Students in grades 6-8 are eligible to compete. Each school should hold its own contest (at least 2 weeks in advance of the zone competition) in order to advance one student to the zone level. The state will be divided into 4 zones, and each zone will have a contest at the place and on the date indicated, with one student from each zone advancing to the state level. Zone winners will compete against one another at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton. A student who wins the State Championship is not eligible to compete at any level of the competition again in any other school year.
The names of the school winners should be reported to Mr. Randy Pierce, co-chair of the contest, at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to create a random schedule of speaker order for the zone level. The deadline for registering a school winner for the zone competition is listed. At least three judges will be used at the zone level.
Questions up to and including the day of the Zone contest can be answered by phoning Ms. Rebecca Pierce, co-chair of the contest, at 314-971-1247.
Winners from the four zones must bring a completed Registration Form to the State competition February 20, 2017.
All scoring on the school, zone, and state level will conform to these specifications. Ballot templates will be available to reproduce and to use on the school level, with the same form to be used by judges on the zone and state level as well.
January 4, 2017: Kansas City, MO zone
January 5, 2017: Springfield, MO zone
January 10, 2017: Mid-MO zone
January 12, 2017: St. Louis, MO zone
January 17, 2017: Out-of-state
January 18, 2017: Kansas City and vicinity
January 19, 2017: Springfield and vicinity
January 24, 2017: Mid-MO vicinity
January 26, 2017: St. Louis and vicinity
January 31, 2017: Out-of-state
Note: All Zone contests will be held at 7:00 p.m. on the date indicated.
Monday, February 20, 2017 [Presidents Day] (Alternate Inclement Weather date: Saturday, February 25, 2017)
Location: National Churchill Museum, located at 501 Westminster Ave (Fulton, MO 65251)