Speak-off Winners Announced

Nov 5, 2020

The Public Speaking Program conducted its’ annual fall Speak Off competition. This competition was based on students currently enrolled in the COM 123 public speaking course and nominated by their lab instructor. The nominees’ video submissions were judged by Dr. Alexa Chilcutt, Director of the Public Speaking Program, and Dr. Adam Brooks, Director of The Speaking Studio. Winners were announced on October 19th.

First place and a $300 cash prize were awarded to Rachel Truex, who delivered an informative speech on Tornadoes and Tornado safety.

“My speech about tornado warning systems and how to stay safe in severe weather situations was inspired by my long-time fascination with tornadoes, and I really enjoyed writing it,” said Truex. “I knew that my genuine interest in the topic would show in my delivery of the speech, but I never thought I would even place, let alone win. It means a lot to me that I was even nominated, but winning had never crossed my mind!”

You can view Truex’s speech, submitted to the judges via YouTube below.

A full list of the 2020 Speak Off winners are listed below:

  • First Place $300 Oscar Newton Award Fund – Rachel Truex. Rachel is a sophomore majoring in Elementary Education.
  • 2nd $200 – Bailey Smith is a senior majoring in Dance Psychology and minoring in Biology.
  • 3rd $100 – Chet Wiltshire is a junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering.
  • 4th $50 – Camille Kahtala is a junior majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Exercise Science.
  • 5th $50 – Tejas Dinesh is a senior majoring in Environmental Engineering History and minoring in Social Innovation and Leadership.