Sri Hemkunt Foundation Speech Competition

The mission of Sri Hemkunt Foundation International Symposium is to encourage children (6-25 years old) to learn the different aspects of Sikh history and to present their thoughts in a coherent and consistent fashion. The younger children will read books that present various aspects from Sikh history whereas the older children will read books that talk about Sikh philosophy.

Participation in this event helps the children gain a deeper knowledge about their religion and at the same time teaches them skills in public speaking and develops their confidence in talking in front of large audiences.

There are three levels of the competition

  1. Center level (Khalsa School is one of the centers)
  2. Zonal level (Silicon Valley is one of the 15 International zones)
  3. International level (Winner from each zone participates here)

Winners of each level go on to compete at the next level of the competition. Typically the first two places go on from Center level to zonal level, but more will go depeneding on the actual participation. Only the first placed Zonal contestant goes on to the International competition.

This years International competition will be held in Glenrock New Jersey, from July 31 - August 3, 2008.

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Punjabi Speaking:

To encourage children to learn Punjabi and become fluent in speaking it, all children who give their speech in Punjabi shal receive a cash prize of $15 at the Center level and $25 at the Zonal level. However while evaluating the speech to select winners, no distinction will be made between the Punjabi and English speakers.

Training Classes:

Training classes are held every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the gallery area of Sikh Gurdwara San Jose. In these classes teachers will provide additional help to the children to write their speeches as well as coach them for effective presentations.

Click on the group number in the left column to see a list of participants

Competition Dates:

Center Level Competition at Sikh Gurdwara San Jose

May 10, 2008 1:30 p.m. - Groups 1 & 4

May 17, 2008 1:30 p.m. - Groups 2 &3

Zonal Competition at Sikh Gurdwara San Jose

June 7, 2008 1:30 p.m - Groups 1, 2, 3
June 14, 2008 1:30 p.m. - Groups 4 & 5