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Communication Studies program
announces Best Speech contest winners
Nov. 20, 2009 --
Katie Studebaker of
Manila won first place in the inaugural Best Speech contest, Tuesday,
Nov. 17. The contest was sponsored by Arkansas State University’s
Department of Communication Studies.
Studebaker, who is in Dr. Tom Baglan’s Oral Communication class, was one
of five winners in the contest. McGraw-Hill Publishing donated a prize
of $250 to each of the winners. Her speech was on the history of
Other winners are: second place – John Mark Pierce from Brenda Randle’s
class, “Lifeguarding;” third place – Jen Teeter from Sara M. Scott’s
class, “Internet Addiction;” fourth place – Clinton Curtis from Linda
Clark's class, "Peanut Butter & Jelly;" and fifth place – Mark Constant
from Dr. Marceline Hayes's class, "Life in Music."
The contest had 400 students entered from Oral Communications classes.
Judges were Jonesboro educator Dr. Rusty Clark and department alum
LaDawn Fuhr. Each student presented a five-to-seven minute informative
speech on a topic of his or her choosing. The competition was organized
by Sara M. Scott.