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December 4, 2012

Lindsey Johnson wins 2012 Balasi Public Speaking Contest

Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson is the winner of the 2012 Betty Balasi Public Speaking Contest.

Johnson is a Sophomore Special Education major from Manteno.  Her winning speech was entitled, "There are Benefits to Being a Facebook User."  For winning the contest, she received $500 and a certificate.

Second place went to Christian Ilunga Matthiesen, a Freshman Business major from Hamburg, Germany for his speech entitled, "The Importance of Body Language."  He received $300 and a certificate.  Third place was awarded to Lester Wang, a Senior Math major from Bloomingdale (Lake Park H.S.) for his speech entitled, "Lack of STEM Education hurts U.S.'s Competitiveness."  He received $100, plus a certificate.

The contest was open to students enrolled in Public Speaking (CMN 1310) during the Summer and Fall Semesters of 2012.  The first round of the annual contest was held Monday evening (December 3rd).  The top six speakers moved on to the finals on Tuesday evening (December 4th).  Other finalists were:

  • Amie Hansen, Freshman Special Ed & Elementary Ed major from Lake Zurich
  • Dawn Williams, Freshman Math major from Chicago (Bowen H.S.)
  • Tiffany Wolf, Sophomore Biology major from Mattoon

The Betty Balasi Public Speaking Contest is named for a past Communication Studies department secretary who served for 22 years. Betty Balasi was a pillar of the department with a positive outlook and zest for life, compassion, generosity of spirit, and a genuine interest in and selfless commitment to the success and happiness of students and faculty.  The contest has been held since 2002 is one of two public speaking competitions sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies each year.

2012 Balasi Contest Finalists

Previous Winners of Balasi Public Speaking Contest:

2002:  Adrianne Leschewski

2003:  Lauren Richards

2004:  Megan Wittenborn

2005:  Scott Murray

2006:  Ryan Kerch

2007:  Andrew Luttrell

2008:  Sarah Holman

2009:  Ashley Ruddell

2011:  Clinton Brown

2012:  Lindsey Johnson