The Tenth Annual
Public Speaking Contest 2014 OPEN TOPICS-in Informative and Persuasive speaking- (In observance of Ferris State’s involvement in THE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY PROJECT civic engagement themes are highly Encouraged!)
Criteria and Rules:
This contest is open to all Ferris State Honors students currently enrolled in Comh 121 intro to Public Address. Speeches should run 6-8 minutes with visuals encouraged but not mandatory. The speeches will be either informative or persuasive on any topic of contemporary interest. (Due to FSU’s commitment to the Carnegie Foundation Political Engagement Project and the American Democracy Project, topics focusing on any aspect of political or civic engagement are encouraged, but not mandatory. The speeches themselves can be easily adapted from the honors sections speech projects). Each honors section will “elect” the top two speeches from their class to represent their class in the preliminaries, or professors will “tap’ students to participate. Any honors student currently enrolled in Comh 121 can nominate themselves and are free to enter as well. Preliminaries will be scheduled from 6-7PM on Tues. Nov. 18 in rooms in the Starr Building. (Rooms will be announced in classes). In four preliminary rounds the top speaker will be selected in each round to advance to the finals in Science 102 at 7:30PM on Nov. 18
. Finals will be judged by a” distinguished judging panel” and the speaker awards will be:
$90. Gift certificate for first prize; runners up will each receive a $20. Gift certificate. Dress: business casual Visuals and powerpoint are allowed and encouraged-but students should allow for possible powerpoint/computer issues and have a “plan B”! Good luck!