WCS Speech Contest


As part of the 2023 Western Conservative Summit, we are reserving ten minutes for the winner of our national Under 30 Speech Contest. This is YOUR moment to become a conservative star – reaching thousands across the country.

Submit your ten-minute speech via YouTube or Rumble. The winning speech will be determined by the Western Conservative Summit organizers and Turning Point USA.

The theme for the 2023 Western Conservative Summit is Western Strong. Speakers are encouraged to consider the theme in their speech topic. See judging rules below.


Contest Rules

Contestants must be United States citizens under the age of 30 years old at the moment of the speech submission. Submissions must be received by 11:59pm MT on Sunday, April 30, 2023. The winner will be announced Monday, May 15, 2023, and the winner will present their speech on the main stage during the Friday evening session of the 2023 Western Conservative Summit on June 9, 2023.


The theme of this year’s Summit is Western Strong. We aim to encourage Americans to advance faith, family, and freedom in their communities, with special emphasis on the importance of Western Civilization and the rugged individualism of the American West. Please guide your speech to address this topic.


Please limit your speech to no longer than 10 minutes.


The title sponsor for this program is Turning Point USA.


Entries due by 11:59pm MT on Sunday, April 30, 2023. Review and judging of video entries will occur the week of May 8 by Jeff Hunt (Centennial Institute) and Turning Point USA.

Speeches will be judged on content, organization, rhetoric, delivery, and overall impression.


The winner will be notified May 12, 2023 of their win. The speech will be introduced by Turning Point USA and the winner will deliver their speech live during the Friday evening session of the 2023 Western Conservative Summit, June 9, 2023.

Pro Tip

Make your speech interesting, compelling, and geared toward the theme. Don’t simply read your speech into a camera. Speak as if you are addressing thousands of people in a room and tens of thousands of people online. We want to see you command a stage and an audience.

Travel and Accommodations

The Centennial Institute will cover airfare, ground transportation to and from the airport, and accommodations for the winner of the speech contest.


Colorado Christian University is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization that does not endorse or oppose any candidate or political party for public office. Please do not submit speeches that are partisan. Stay focused on the theme: Western Strong!

If you have any questions, contact the Centennial Institute at centennial@ccu.edu.

The Under 30 Speech Contest has closed. The winner will be announced May 15.

Past Winners