April 9, 2012
Finalists named in Smith-Merritt Public Speaking Contest
Five Eastern Illinois University students have advanced to the finals of the 2012 Smith-Merritt Public Speaking Contest, sponsored by the E. I. U. Department of Communication Studies.
Semi-final competition was held Monday evening with the top speakers advancing to the final round. The six finalists and their speech topics are:
- Darius Lee Francis: Arts Should Be Supported in K-12
- Laramie Immel: People Should Eliminate Soda From Their Diet
- Katherine Eckberg: Against No Child Left Behind
- Thomas A. Smith: Against Standardized Testing
- Mary Jo Worthington: Drinking Milk is Unnatural and Unhealthy
The finals will be held Tuesday evening (April 10th) at 6:00 p.m. in Lumpkin Hall 2030.
The contest is open to any EIU student who was enrolled in the Intro to Public Speaking class during the Spring of 2012. First prize is $500 plus a certificate. The second place speaker will receive $300 and a certificate, while 3rd place will be awarded $100 plus a certificate.
The contest is sponsored by and named in honor of Dr. Calvin Smith and Dr. Floyd Merritt, who are both emeritus faculty in the Department of Communication Studies.