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Public Speaking


More than $11,000 in cash prizes are awarded each year in the Hamilton Public Speaking Competition.
Public Speaking Competition Winners 2017
From left Jake Blount ’17, Michael Wang '19, Taomi Kenny '20, John McGonigle '17, Conor O'Shea '18.

2017 Competition

Five students were awarded prizes in three categories in the annual Public Speaking Competition on Saturday, March 5, in the Chapel.

See videos of winning speeches

The 2017 McKinney Prize recipients and their topics are:

  • Class of 2017: John McGonigle, “Why A Story is the Secret to Good Conversation”
  • Class of 2018: Conor O’Shea, “Hamilton, We Need to Talk: Due Process and Title IX”
  • Class of 2019: Michael Wang, “Good Willed Hunting”
  • Class of 2020: Taomi Kenny, “Trigger Warnings: Freedom of Speech and Hamilton Values”

The 2017 Clark Prize recipient is Jake Blount ’17, whose winning presentation was titled “Modern Conservatives and the Myth of Campus Censorship.”

Jake Blount was also the Warren Wright Prize recipient. His topic was “America’s First Music: An Introduction to Appalachian Old-Time.”

Contact Information


Amy Gaffney

Oral Communication Center Director
Kirner-Johnson 222
315-859-4401 oralcomm@hamilton.edu
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