At the podium: Student speech contest a success

Eighty students filled Decker 201 on Dec. 7, 2018, for the Speakers of the House Toastmasters Club and the Improvables Club speech contest.

 Students from Professor Fadden, McKenna, McMurray and Papkov’s Effective Speaking classes and at-large contestant Orion Barber competed in two different contests. A good time and good pizza from American Family Dining were shared by all.  Liberal Arts Dean Michael Kinney welcomed the contestants and their guests and emphasized the importance of good speaking skills.

Six students gave prepared speeches of 5 to 7 minutes. 

The winners were: 

1.  Lauren Jensen

2. Joseph West

3. Dachaun Clyburn. 
All six contestants in that contest were winners of $50.  

Seventeen students also gave 1 to 2-minute impromptu speeches on topics presented to them at the contest.  The winners were: 

1.  Orion Barber

2.  Nicholas Gilbert

3.  Danielle Dillard.  They won $200, $75, and $25 respectively.

The contest was generously supported by Student Activity fees and by the two clubs.  Watch for next semester’s contest.  Students, consider competing!

Participants in the Speakers of the House Toastmasters Club and the Improvables Club speech contest.
Participants in the Speakers of the House Toastmasters Club and the Improvables Club speech contest.