Speech students compete in Speakout

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Winners are awarded scholarships.

By Jahna Lacey


The department of fine arts is staging the 2013 Speakout contest at 5 p.m. April 30 in the theater of McCreless Hall.

The preliminary round is from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. that day in the second floor classrooms of McAllister Fine Arts Center.

“Speech instructors will be nominating students from their classes to compete with each other,” Chair Jeff Hunt said. “Students will perform informative and persuasive speeches that they used in their classes.”

All students in SPCH 1311, 1315, and 1321 can participate in the rounds with their demonstrative, informative and persuasive speeches they gave in their classes.

Speech Instructor Jolinda Ramsey said most of the speech instructors would be attending as judges for the preliminary rounds.

The classrooms are determined by the types of speeches to ensure a variety of speeches in the final rounds.

“The Speakout contest allows students to test out their public speaking skills with a more diverse audience outside of the classroom,” Ramsey said.

“It also gives everybody else watching to hear the different speaking styles the instructors teach their students.”

Students from this college are highly encouraged to attend and support their classmates.

Speeches must be 10 minutes long and visual aids may be used.

Certificates will be given to those who participate in the preliminary rounds, awards will be given to alternate speakers, and scholarships will be given to those who advance in the finals.

First place wins a $300 scholarship, second place will take $200, and third place receives $150.

Fourth, fifth and sixth places will each receive $100.

“All instructors are encouraged to nominate their students in the Speakout,” Hunt said. “We will hopefully take six students to finals where the winners will receive scholarships.”

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 210-486-1030.


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