Parkland College students will speak out once again for charity during the David M. Jones Persuasive Speech Contest, May 2 at 3 p.m. in Room C118.
Now in its 10th year, the contest has awarded hundreds of dollars to Parkland students who deliver a 5 to 8 min. original persuasive speech advocating for a charity of their choice. First-place winners receive a $500 scholarship, with a matching $500 donated to the speaker's charity. Additional prize levels are awarded each year as well.
The contest spotlights the speaking styles and skills of students who have taken classes in the Parkland College Communication program. It is sponsored by Parkland's Fine and Applied Arts department, the Illini After Five Rotary of Champaign, and donations made to the contest scholarship. The awards come from the David M. Jones Persuasive Speech Contest Scholarship Fund, created in honor of Jones, former chair of the Fine and Applied Arts department from 1988 until his death from cancer in 2002. The annual speech contest honors Dr. Jones' commitment to speech communication and student enrichment.
Community contributions to the David M. Jones Persuasive Speech Contest Scholarship Fund may be made through the Parkland Foundation; all support is greatly appreciated.