Annual Henry Dale Smith Corps-Wide Speaking Contest
The annual Corps-wide Speaking Competition is open to all cadets. The winner receives the Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award at the graduation convocation as well as a cash prize.
The Spring 2020 Competition was interrupted by the cessation of in-person classes and transition to all online activity due to the CoVid-19 virus. We did complete the first round of competition.
Meet the 12 cadets who had the top speeches from Round One.
The Promise of America
The Beauty of Math
I Had a Dream About Us
| Matthew Collins
Intelligence & Security Studies
Fear & Excitement
The Power of Probability
Health & Exercise Science
| Ian Jenkins
Death of a President
Intelligence & Security Studies
In Defense of Drywall
The Corps-Wide Speaking Contest for Spring 2019 was a Success!
This year Cadet Logan Barber, Class of 2019 received first place in the competition with his winning speech "Invictus". Our second place winner was Cadet Andrew Christensen, Class of 2019 with his winning speech "A Case for Unprofessionalism"
We are so proud of everyone that came out and participated in the competition this year! The contest was filled with amazing speeches from freshman all the way to seniors. Each contestant is able to select and develop their own speech on their own topic. One of the amazing parts of this competition is to see what the cadets want to say! This contest gives cadets the opportunity to let their voices be heard!
Congratulations again to everyone for a job well done! The Public Speaking lab would like to thank the contestants for participating, the judges for taking time out of their busy schedules to be apart of this event and of course all the cadets that came to support their friends.
2018 Contest Winner: Hudson Imhoff
2018 Contest Runner-Up: Careem Gates
2018 Contest Finalists: Cynthia Martinez, Maxwell Miller, Michael Rice
Gervais Del Porto presents the first-place award to Hudson Imhoff, the winner of
the 2018 Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Contest.
Gervais Del Porto presents the second-place award to Careem Gates, the runner-up
of the 2018 Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Contest.
2018 Finalist Cynthia Martinez
2018 Finalist Maxwell Miller
2018 Finalist Michael Rice
2017 Contest Winner: Braxton McDuffie
2017 Contest Runner-Up: Cliff Joseph
2017 Contest Finalists: Logan Barber, Careem Gates, Sammy Gray
Patricia McArver presents the first-place award to Braxton McDuffie, the winner of
the 2017 Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Contest.
Patricia McArver presents the second-place award to Cliff Joseph, the runner-up
of the 2017 Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Contest.
2017 Finalists: Sammy Gray, Cliff Joseph, Braxton McDuffie, Careem Gates, and Logan Barber
Photos from the 2016 HDS Speaking Contest:
Watch the 2015 contest winner Haley Osmer
Watch the 2015 runner-up Matthew Chalfant
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.
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 the 2011 contest winner Jason Green '12.