Kimberly Terrell, a sophomore communication major, took first place in KSU's first Public Speaking Showcase, held November 13th. The showcase, sponsored by the Department of Communication, featured 14 speakers who were selected to represent their public speaking classes. Each student delivered a 6-8 minute persuasive speech. Terrell's topic, "Keeping the 'Humane' in Humane Society," focused on the excessive numbers of dogs and cats euthanized in metro-Atlanta each year, and urged listeners to take steps to prevent pet overpopulation and support no-kill shelters. Her impassioned delivery impressed the audience of approximately 150 students, faculty and family members and the panel of three judges, comprised of present and former KSU Communication Department faculty members. Terrell won a trophy, a $200 cash award, and an assortment of KSU-logo prizes.
Second place finisher was Derek Wright, a freshman biology major who persuaded listeners to engage in acts of chivalry. Third place went to Courtney Nelson, who spoke about the negative impact of the media on body image, and the fourth place finalist was Kylee Doyle, who urged the audience to switch to hybrid vehicles.
Showcase organizer Emily Holler, an instructor of communication and KSU Public Speaking course coordinator, said she hopes the showcase will become an annual campus event.
Posted: November 15, 2007