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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.

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John Acker
Political Science
The Promise of America
Matthew Blair
Computer Science
The Beauty of Math
Rhaei Brown
Business Administration
I Had a Dream About Us

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 Matthew Collins
Intelligence & Security Studies
Fear & Excitement
William Hope
Electrical Engineering
The Power of Probability 

Robert Howard
Health  & Exercise Science
Jump School
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 Ian Jenkins
Death of a President
Angelea Lance
Intelligence & Security Studies

Chayse McGaha
Transformational Leadership
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Haylee Neal
Criminal Justice
Linking Literacy 
Shiloh Smiles
Computer Science
In Defense of Drywall
Daniel Wilkes
Political Science


 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" 

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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! 

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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. 

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2018 Results

2018 Contest Winner: Hudson Imhoff

2018 Contest Runner-Up: Careem Gates

2018 Contest Finalists: Cynthia Martinez, Maxwell Miller, Michael Rice

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Gervais Del Porto presents the first-place award to Hudson Imhoff, the winner of 

the 2018 Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Contest.

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Gervais Del Porto presents the second-place award to Careem Gates, the runner-up

of the 2018 Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Contest. 

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2018 Finalist Cynthia Martinez

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2018 Finalist Maxwell Miller

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2018 Finalist Michael Rice


2017 Results

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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2016 Results

Watch the 2016 contest winner Ademola Salami

Watch the 2016 runner-up Ryan Malouff

Photos from the 2016 HDS Speaking Contest:









2015 Results

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.


2014 Results

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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







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.

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