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Annual Speaking Contest

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.

2017 Contest Winner: Braxton McDuffie

2017 Contest Runner-Up: Cliff Joseph

2017 Contest Finalists: Logan Barber, Careem Gates, Sammy Gray

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Patricia McArver presents the first-place award to Braxton McDuffie, the winner of 

the 2017 Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Contest.

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Patricia McArver presents the second-place award to Cliff Joseph, the runner-up

of the 2017 Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Contest. 

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2017 Finalists: Sammy Gray, Cliff Joseph, Braxton McDuffie, Careem Gates, and Logan Barber

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Watch the 2016 contest winner Ademola Salami

Watch the 2016 runner-up Ryan Malouff

Photos from the 2016 HDS Speaking Contest:

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Watch the 2015 contest winner Haley Osmer

Watch the 2015 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.

 




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Chris Smith (on behalf of his father) presents the first-place award to

Haley Osmer, the winner of the 2015 Henry Dale Smith Speaking Contest.

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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

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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.

Rules:
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

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