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Annual Speaking Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Corps-Wide Speaking Contest!

1st place: Haley Osmer

Runner up: Matthew Chalfant


This annual speaking competition decides the winner of the Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award which is presented at the Graduation Awards Convocation. The winner and runner-up also receive cash prizes.


rogers smith and cadet salami

Cadet Ademola Salami was the 2014 winner of the Henry Dale Smith Corps-Wide Speaking Contest. In this photo, Cadet Salami shakes the hand of Rogers Smith, who presented the award on behalf of his father.

2014 Contest Runner-up - Ra-Shaud Graham







Watch the 2013 contest winner Michael Lacey

Watch all the finalists' speeches in the 2013 competition

Watch the 2012 contest winner Harry (Cody) Edelman V

Watch the 2011 contest winner Jason Green '12.

All contestants give a 5-7 minute original speech that is informative, motivational, or persuasive. Five finalists will compete for the championship. Speeches will be judged based upon content, delivery, and language. (Speeches designed to be primarily humorous will not be included in this competition.)

Sponsored annually in the spring semester by the Oral Communications Lab