November 29, 2011
Clinton Brown wins 2011 Balasi Public Speaking Contest
Clinton Brown, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Charleston, won the 2011 Betty Balasi Public Speaking Contest Tuesday evening.
Brown received first place for his speech entitled "Wal-Mart and the Economy". As the winner, he received a certificate and $500.00. Second place went to Kyle Burton, a freshman Communication Studies major from Martinton (Donovan High School), who received a certificate and $300.00. The third place speaker was Rachael Robinson, a sophomore Business Management major from Charleston, who received $100 and a certificate.
The contest was open to students enrolled in Public Speaking (CMN 1310) during the Summer and Fall Semesters of 2011. Other finalists who competed on Tuesday evening were:
- Tamberlie Burns, senior Family and Consumer Science major from Charleston
- Eric Echols, freshman Political Science major from Chicago (Lindblom)
- Brittany Halliday, freshman Special Education/Elementary Education major from Coal City
- Kristen Webber, freshman English major from Auburn, PA
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.
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