University Hosts SpeakUp! Public Speaking Contest
The competition gives students the opportunity to advocate for issues that they care about.
Written by Clay Fuchs
Texas Tech public speaking and business and professional communication classes are putting the skills that they have learned this semester into practice.
The Department of Communication Studies will host the revived “SpeakUp!” public speaking competition at 3:30 p.m. May 7 in the Mass Communications Building. The final round of the competition is open to the public and will be at 6 p.m. May 8 in the Allen Theatre.
“Students from our COMS 2300 and COMS 3358 courses will compete for the top persuasive speech,” said Delia Anderson-O’Steen, the assistant course director for business and professional communication. “This public speaking contest gives students in these courses the opportunity to advocate for issues that they care about and see who is the best speaker across all of our 44 sections.”
Each course section nominates its best speaker to compete in the contest, following the persuasive speech rounds. From the 44 selected, eight will be named finalists.
First, second, and third place winners will receive $300, $200 and $100, respectively. Bedford St. Martins, the publisher of the COMS 2300 textbook, is donating the cash prizes for the top three speakers. The five finalists who do not place will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card donated by the bookstore.
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