Speech tournament starts 24th annual competition this year

Kianna Collins
Arts & Entertainment Editor

If students want to show off the communication skills that they’ve learned in their classes, they have a chance to enter the 24th annual Intramural Speech Tournament this spring.
For the tournament, students can choose from several different competition categories: informative speaking, prose, persuasive speaking, storytelling, poetry, Spanish poetry and Spanish prose.
This event is available to all students regardless of speaking experience.
Participants will benefit from entering more than one category, said Maryjo Cochran, professor of communication. The overall winner of the tournament is decided based on how many points they have in each category for placing in the top three.
Students are allowed to enter only three categories this year.
First-place winners in each category will receive a trophy, and the top three will get a certificate of merit for placing.
The overall winner of the tournament will receive a $500 scholarship, which is titled the “Boyd-King Debate Scholarship.”
In order to get this scholarship, a student must have at least a 3.0 GPA, must not be the recipient of another Troy University Foundation scholarship, must not be a graduating senior, must not be a previous winner of the award, and must write a thank-you letter to the donor.
“It’s one more opportunity for them to work on their public speaking, particularly where there’s the opportunity to compete,” Cochran said.
The competition accommodates Spanish entries in the poetry, storytelling and prose categories.
“Most students that are interested have had public speaking classes,” Cochran said. “They can talk to their professors to refine their speeches.”
Students who are interested are encouraged to talk to faculty members of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, speech faculty or Cochran herself, Cochran said.
Students also need to look at the rules, and if they have any questions about the rules, they need to ask.
“It’s a really fun event; It’s fun to go with peers and friends and watch each other compete,” Cochran said. “And it’s a good thing to put on a resume.”
The tournament will be held on Thursday, April 9, in the Trojan Center. The event starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.
The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 3, and they need to be given to Kate Rowinsky in Wallace Hall 103.
If there are any questions, Cochran is located in Wallace Hall 119, and her email is macochran@troy.edu.

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