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Green Wins Corps-Wide Speaking Competition

Junior Jason Green from Plano, Tex. is no stranger to public speaking. The Health and Exercise Sports Science major announces the Friday parades and has also helped announce baseball, basketball and volleyball games. On April 6, Cadet Green added another item to his list of speaking credentials: he won the first Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award.

Runner-up in the competition was Frank McGuire '14 whose speech, The Dark Side of Education: Competition and the rat race, discussed students who feel 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 reach the finals included Cameron McCarley '13, Payton McVey '13 and Abraham Raymond '11.

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 CGC students as well as faculty and staff. The OCL also sponsors El Cid Toastdawgs, the campus chapter of Toastmasters International.

At the competition, OCL Director Patricia McArver announced that the award for winning the Corps-wide Speaking Competition has been re-named the Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award in honor of the man who established the lab ten years ago. Henry Dale Smith is 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.

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.