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The Annual Woodford Persuasive Speaking Contest Winners for Fall 2019

First Prize ($1,000) to Tyler Sturdivant (junior, Business/Hotel Administration) for her speech on “Maintaining Affirmative Action for College Admission Decisions.”

Second Prize ($700) to Emmy Chen (senior, Government) for her speech on “Restorative Justice instead of Prison.”

Third Prize ($500) to Grace Paletta (junior, Communication) for her speech on “Allowing the Incarcerated their Voting Rights.”

Honorable Mentions ($200 each) to Caleb Trieu (junior, Business/Hotel Administration) for his speech on “Replacing Tipping in Restaurants with a Hospitality Charge;” and William Kandalaft (junior, Entomology for his speech on “Federal Approval for the Death with Dignity Act.”


The winners of the Woodford contest stand next to each other, smiling
From left to right: Caleb Trieu, Emmy Chen, Grace Paletta, Tyler Sturdivant, and William Kandalaft

We thank the judges for their participation:  Jamila Simon (Extension Associate with Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research) Christopher Byrne (Instructor in the Department of Communication) and Irina Bovt (Administrative Assistant in the Department of Communication).