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Citadel News Service
11 Apr 2011

Cadet Jason W. Green wins Citadel speaking competition

Junior Jason Wilkes Green of Plano, Tex. is no stranger to public speaking. 

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Click here to watch a video of Cadet Jason Green's speech.

A Health and Exercise Sports Science major at The Citadel, Green announces the Friday afternoon military dress parades and also has helped announce baseball, basketball and volleyball games. On April 6, Green added another item to his list of speaking credentials: He won the first Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award.

Green told the story of how Mike Veeck, president of the minor league Yankees affiliate team the Charleston RiverDogs, creates family fun at baseball games. It was judged the best of five speeches in the finals of a corps-wide competition sponsored by The Citadel Oral Communications Lab. Runner-up in the competition was freshman Frank McGuire whose speech, “The Dark Side of Education: Competition and the Rat Race,” discussed students who believe they must excel in everything in the pursuit of admission to a good college or the perfect job.

The finals featured the top five speeches from a field of 24 cadets who competed for the title Best Speaker in the Corps. Others who reached the finals included Cameron McCarley of Anderson, S.C., Payton McVey of Atlanta, Ga., and Abraham Raymond of St. Louis Park, Minn.

The Oral Communications Lab sponsored the competition to highlight the talents of excellent cadet speakers and to promote the services of the lab. The lab films and assists with presentations by cadets and Citadel Graduate College students as well as faculty and staff. The Oral Communications Lab also sponsors El Cid Toastdawgs, the campus chapter of Toastmasters International.

Green plans to go into a career in broadcast journalism or sports management. This summer he will intern with the Houston Astros or the Chicago White Sox.

The Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award is named in honor Smith, a 1947 graduate of The Citadel who is chairman emeritus of H.D. Smith & Co., one of the largest drug wholesale companies in the country. He founded the Oral Communications Lab in 2001.

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