Public Speaking Contest

Every year, the top speakers are chosen from each of the RHET 101: Public Speaking course sections and compete for first, second, and third place awards. A panel of faculty judges from across disciplines hears all of the speeches in a public forum, and then votes for the top three. 

The first Public Speaking Contest commenced in the Easter 2017 semester. Six speakers gave 10-11 minute persuasive speeches on public controversies to an audience of about 40 students, faculty, and staff. Speakers addressed problems such as gender discrimination in tech fields, cancer research funding disparities, campus sexual assault policies, U.S. foreign policy, commercial use of drones, and athlete protests of public policy. Peggy Ball won the event. Alexis Vannier and Emily Donkervoet placed second and third, respectively.