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First persuasive speech contest winners net cash prizes

The UTC Department of Theatre and Speech recently held the first “Speak up! A Persuasive Speaking Contest.” The event was open to any UTC student who has enrolled or is enrolled in a course that fulfills oral communication requirements during the 2005-2006 school year.

Speech Winners
From l-r: Marcus Johnson, Benjamin Zimmer,
James Beilstein, and Amy Branam

The first place winner was Marcus Johnson, who won a $200 cash prize for his speech about rape; second place winner Benjamin Zimmer discussed stem cell research, and he took home a $100 prize; and Amy Branam took third place with her speech about abortion. She won $50. Runner up was James Beilstein, who addressed immigration.

Jillian Zwilling, Theatre and Speech, organized this new campus event, and she said she was pleased with the student participation.

“The students worked very hard on their speeches and as a result it was tough to choose among them,” Zwilling said. “This is the first year that the department has done a contest like this, but we hope it will be an annual event.”

Faculty volunteer judges were most helpful, according to Zwilling. Preliminary judges included Dr. Theresa Liedtka, Dr. Greg O'Dea, Steve LeWinter, Dr. Melissa Anyiwo, Rebecca Targ, Mac Smotherman, Suzanne Carter, Patrick Sweetman.

Judges for the contest finals were Patrick Sweetman, Stephane Stokes-Eley, Suzanne Carter, Mac Smotherman, and Matt Guy.

April 28, 2006

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