Touro students show off their oratorical skills in the Annual Speech Competition

The winners of the contest – first place went to Tsipporah Youseflaleh (second from left)
The winners of the contest – first place went to Tsipporah Youseflaleh (second from left)

On Thursday, May 7th, 2015, I had the pleasure of serving as a judge for the 19th annual Speech and Communications Department Speech Contest, held at the Midtown campus, and organized by professors George Backinoff, Gena Bardwell, and Deputy Chair Hal Wicke.  Ten students from different speech and communications classes prepared speeches, both informational and persuasive, on a variety of topics.  Sitting with me as judges were Dean Timothy Taylor and Professor Mike Walters.  We scored the speeches using a number of criteria, including organization, delivery, and content, and entries were also timed.

Professor Gena Bardwell gives an introduction to the contest
Professor Gena Bardwell gives an introduction to the contest

The speeches covered an enormous range of subject matter, from the pros and cons of genetically modified organisms to an overview of Igbo culture.  The winner was student Tsipporah Youseflaleh, who spoke on educational advancements for children and adults with learning disabilities.  All of the students participating received certificates, and everyone contributed very interesting and thought-provoking information.  We all left feeling that we’d gained new knowledge about areas many of us were unfamiliar with.

Congratulations to all who participated!

Have to prepare a speech for one of your classes, or just want to learn more about speechwriting and giving presentations? The Touro Libraries have a Speech and Communications LibGuide with information about choosing topics, videos of great speeches, and more!

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