Speakers of the House, the SUNY Broome Toastmasters Club, held the final round of its Fall Table Topics Contest on Dec. 15. Thirty students from Matt Papkov and Kathleen McKenna’s Effective Speaking classes had entered the contest 2 weeks earlier, and on Friday, the 15 finalists competed again.
The winners in this impromptu speaking contest were:
- First Place: Joey LoPiccolo
- Second Place: Amanda Durkee
- Third Place: Kyle Francis
- Fourth Place: Freddie Stevenson, Jr.
Dr. Carol Ross, Vice President for Student Development and Chief Diversity Officer, welcomed the audience. She had first been exposed to Toastmasters in Kuwait and as pleased to learn that SUNY Broome also has a Toastmasters Club when she arrived in the summer. Dr. Ross stressed the importance of effective speaking in every walk of life. Lorne Campbell, Club President, served as Master of Ceremonies, warmly welcoming contestants and guests alike.
About 50 people came to support the students and to try pizzas imagined by the Effective Speaking classes and designed by American Food and Dining, including Thanksgiving pizza, taco pizza and dessert pizza. (The most popular was the plain pizza, but the others were lots of fun!)
The winning speakers were awarded $100, $50, and $25 and $25 gift cards to WalMart.
The students spoke on the spot for one to minutes in response to one of the following questions: What super power do you wish you had? What do see in your future? What building that does not exist on the SUNY Broome campus should we build next and why? Amanda Durkee, the only contestant to answer this question, said students need a place to be able to relax and do nothing.
The club normally meets on Fridays in Wales 203B from 3:10 to 4:15 p.m. Students, faculty, staf, and members of the community are welcome to visit or to join the club. Student memberships are subsidized by the Office of Student Activities. For more information, contact the club Vice President for Membership, Zach Moyer, at email@example.com, or club mentor, Kathleen McKenna at firstname.lastname@example.org.