Winners Announced in Hyde Park Forum Persuasive Speech Competition

In an age of e-mail, Facebook and Twitter, the spoken word still has value as demonstrated by winners of the 2010-2011 Hyde Park Forum Persuasive Speaking Contest sponsored by the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University and held April 5. The winners delivered their speeches to an audience of more than 500 fellow students, family, friends and Communication Studies faculty.

First place winner Megan Husk had a cheering section from her fellow Honors College classmates.

 Winners, their majors, speech topic, hometown and instructor are as a follows:

  • 1st place winner of a $500 scholarship: Megan Husk, Nutrition and Food, for a speech on “3D Movies.” Husk’s hometown is Canton, Ohio; she is a graduate of Marlington High School. Thomas Gore is Husk’s instructor.
  • 2nd place winner of a $300 scholarship: Hannah Bostdorff, Nursing, for a speech on “Implementing A.L.I.C.E. Training in Schools.” Bostdorff is from Bowling Green; she is a graduate of Otsego High School., Ohio. Brian Pattie is Bostdorff’s instructor.
  • 3rd place winner of a $100 scholarship: Lane Forthofer, Middle Childhood Education for a speech on “Cyber-bullying Must Stop!” Forthofer is from Elyria, Ohio; she is a graduate of Elyria Catholic High School.  Phillip R. Reed is Forthofer’s instructor.

 Winners of a $50 Scholarship and Honorable mention in alphabetical order are:

  • Rushia Edwards, Pre-nursing major and Communication Studies minor, for a speech on “Affirmative Action: What Really Matters?” Edwards’ hometown is Toledo, Ohio; she is a graduate of Central Catholic High School. Kathryn Brittany Golsan is Edwards’ instructor.
  •  Alyssa Galmish, Nutrition and Food, “Eating Organic Food.” Galmish’s hometown is Canton, Ohio; she is a graduate of Tuscarawas Valley High School. Kathryn Brittany Golsan is Edwards’ instructor. Galmish was also the People’s Choice Award recipient as determined by popular vote of the audience.
  • Michelle Hayes, Interior Design, for a speech on “Joining the Air Force.” Hayes’ hometown is Lisbon, Ohio; she is a graduate of David Anderson High School. Rekha Sharma is Hayes’ instructor.
  • Elizabeth Heibertshausen, Fashion Merchandising, for a speech on “Changing Language Barriers: Learning a Second Language.” Heibertshausen’s hometown is Attica, Ohio; she is a graduate of Seneca East High School.  Roxanne Hall is Heibertshausen’s instructor. 
Introduction to Human Communication Instructors whose students were among the Hyde Park Forum finalists are, from left, Roxanne Hall, Rekha Sharma, Brian Pattie, Kathryn Brittany Golsan, Phillip R. Reed, and Thomas Gore.

The Hyde Park Forum is a tradition in the School of Communication Studies which allows a public forum for students to share their persuasive speeches on topical issues, according to Jennifer Chakroff, Ph.D., course director and assistant professor of Communication Studies.

James Ponder, instructor and doctoral candidate, who assisted as a statistician for the Hyde Park Forum, shares results with Jennifer Chakroff, Ph.D., Introduction to Human Communication course director and assistant professor in Communication Studies.

Students from a variety of academic majors enrolled in the school’s Introduction to Human Communication course compete for cash awards and special gifts. Students enrolled during Fall and Spring semesters of the current academic year were invited to submit their persuasive speech outlines for the competition.

Guest judges for the competition included leaders from business, education, government and civic service communities.

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