Five students were awarded prizes in three categories in the annual Public Speaking Competition on Saturday, March 5, in the Chapel. The finalists were chosen after an open preliminary round held in February. Speakers’ presentations were either persuasive or informative in nature, and in one category students were asked to address an assigned topic.
The McKinney Prize is awarded to one student from each class for a 5-8 minute persuasive speech that is socially relevant and of interest to the extended Hamilton College community.
The Clark Prize competition is open to all members of the senior class and calls for participants to address an assigned topic through both written and oral presentations.
The Warren Wright Prize in informative speaking is open to those students who have enrolled in the college’s public speaking course. Participants also respond to questions from the audience, and their responses are included in the judges’ evaluations.
Judges for the competition were Chad Graves ’84, P’16; Melissa (Howe) Graves ’85, P’16; Lisabeth “Betsy” Bitner ’83, P’14; Mitchell Radin ’76; Susan (McGuirk) Blank ’77; Director of Alumni Relations Sharon Rippey; and Director of Annual Giving Fred Rogers.