First Place ($500) Joel Langston
Langston: Eastern IL Foodbank
"Participating in the David Jones Speech Contest allowed me the opportunity to support a cause I believe in, provided valuable experience and improved communication skills applicable in both my personal and professional endeavors, and helped bolster my confidence in public speaking settings. I am very grateful to have been able to take part!"
Second Place ( $250) Delma Cobb
Cobb: Equal Justice Initiative
"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) Jake Van Anrooy
Van Anrooy: Jazz At Lincoln Center
“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) Cavan Morber
Morber: The Ocean Cleanup
"I was originally skeptical of signing up for this year's contest, as it appeared to just be more work for me to do. However, it was a very enriching experience and I honestly felt like I was making a difference! Fighting for your charity is not only the right thing to do, but the feeling is irreplaceable.It can be very nerve-wracking signing up for the speech contest, but it is well worth it if you believe in your charity."