Woodford Speaking Contest (Fall 2017)

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Colton Zuvich Takes First Place for his Speech in Favor of “Net Neutrality” at the Annual Woodford Prize in Oratory

Another semester in Oral Communication concludes with the Woodford Prize in Oratory. An audience of more than 100 students gathered last night to listen to the five finalists who were nominated for the contest by their classmates. As always, the discussion that followed the speeches was enlightening and civil. The Woodford Prize is a hopeful event in these times of discord. The judges, Kelli Carr, Nick Levy, and Doctor Yoon Choi awarded the final prizes. 

The winners are pictured here from left to right.: Jake Pero, Senior in Environmental Studies & Sustainability (2nd place $700) argued that we should remove confederate monuments from public spaces;  Haniya Abbasi, Sophomore in Biology & Society (Honorable Mention $300) spoke in favor of allowing more Syrian refugees into the US; Makayla Kimble, Junior in Communication (Honorable Mention $300) also argued that we should remove confederate monuments; Colton Zuvich, Junior in Communication and Information Science (1st place $1,000) spoke in favor of net neutrality; and Jonathan Price, Junior in Plant Sciences (3rd place $500) delivered a speech against GMO labeling.

After the contest, audience members were overheard saying, “Oh, I finally understand net neutrality.”