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Annual Speaking Contest

ROUND 1 of the 2015 CORPS-WIDE SPEAKING CONTEST: February 16th-20th

Round 2: March 2nd-6th

Final Competition: April 22nd

Sign up for the first round of the fifth annual Henry Dale Smith Corps-Wide Speaking Contest by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click THIS LINK to reserve your day to compete for the title of the Best Speaker in the Corps.  Rounds 1 and 2 will be held in BOND 365 in the Oral Communication Lab.


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.  


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