CA 100 Speech Contest Spring 2014

Photo: Jessica Zednicek

On the evening of May 7, the top 12 persuasive speakers enrolled in the spring semester of Communication Arts 100 competed in the CA 100 Speech Contest. 

The speech contest is a long-standing tradition at the end of each semester. Teaching assistants from all sections of the course submitted the speeches of their top two students; from this group, a semifinal field of 12 speakers was chosen.  They competed against each other in groups of six with the top three from each group advancing to the final round, which was judged by Professor Stephen Lucas and Dr. Sarah Jedd. 

Contest finalists, their TAs, and speech topics were:

  • Leslie Wright (Eric O’Connor): Wash your hands (1st Place)
  • Lauren Hoffman (Shannon Skelton): USPS Bank (2nd Place)
  • Kathleen Lawler (Kelly Jakes): Ban sweetened beverages in school (3rd Place)
  • Anna-Kate Gibbs-Stoeber (Emily Stand) Comprehensive Sex Ed.
  • Lindsay Smith (Alex Harwood) Ban music piracy
  • Slayte Eaton (Meg Rooney) Stop multi-tasking 

The six finalists are pictured here with Professor Stephen E. Lucas.  From right to left:  Anna-Kate Gibbs-Stoeber, Slayte Eaton, Kathleen Lawler, Stephen E. Lucas, Lindsay Smith, Lauren Hoffman, Leslie Wright.

Congratulations to them—and to everyone who participated in the contest!