First Place ($500) Preston Bollman
Challenged Athletes Foundation
"Not only did I get to talk about an amazing charity, but I gained confidence in myself as well. When I first heard about the contest, I never even thought about it because I was too afraid to talk in front of a large crowd. After the contest was over, it wasn’t about the money or the first-place finish, it was about overcoming my fear and allowing people to hear about this amazing charity. I wanted to spread the word about the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and that is exactly what I did. I hope to carry this confidence into any future speech and to just remember to have fun."
Second Place ( $250) Rebecca Steinbach
Make A Wish Foundation
"Participating was not a mistake, and I am glad I followed through with the presentation. I learned new techniques on how to deliver persuasive speeches. As well as promote my non-profit organization that is in need of support. I also gained more confidence in delivering speeches when under pressure. Overall, my key take away would be, you do not have to be the best you just have to be passionate."
Third Place ($100) Abigael Johnson
CU at Home
“Being someone who has never done any kind of public speaking before outside of school and is also taking school completely online, I was quite anxious going into this contest. However, defeating my anxiety through COM 103 and with my instructor’s help made it possible for me to advocate for a great cause and participate in this
charitable contest. I think anyone who takes COM 103, online or in-person, should participate in this contest because, while being honored is great, speaking for a cause and taking the first steps to become an advocator in your community are even greater virtues that help make the world a better place.”
Fourth Place ($50) Hannah Null
Fifth Place ($50) Ashlynd Norvask
The Up Center of Champaign County
Sixth Place ($50) Yafa Issa
Doctors Without Borders
"This contest has helped me get over my public speaking anxiety. The environment was so positive and welcoming which cooled any nerves I had. I have reviewed the notes I was given by the judges and it greatly helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses in regards to my public speaking skills. I have applied these notes to my most recent speech in my public speaking course and I directly saw improvement."