2017 Speaking Competition

Public Speaking

2017 First Year Voices Speaking Competition

The Director of Speaking and peer speaking consultants invite first year students  to submit a speech for the First Year Voices speaking competition.

Cash awards will be given to the top three speakers: First Place $50, Second Place $35, and Third Place $25.


  1. This contest is open to all first year students
  1. Speeches should be no longer than seven minutes.
  1. Speech can be on any subject. The speech may be one that was given for a class assignment.
  1. Speeches must be delivered extemporaneously. Speakers may use notes but may not speak from a manuscript.
  1. Students enter the contest by emailing a recording of their speech to the Speaking Consultant email account (speechcenter@allegheny.edu) by Friday March 31st. Entries must be received by 5:00 PM.
  1. A selection committee will determine the top seven speakers from the entries received.
  1. The top seven speakers will be notified by Wednesday April 5th.
  1. The top seven speakers will compete live on Wednesday April 12th. The competition will begin at 5:00 PM.
  1. Performances may include visual aids.
  1. Speeches will be judged on originality of thought, extemporaneous delivery skills, use of supporting evidence, organization, and engagement with audience.