First Place ($500) Nathaniel Carsten
Second Place ( $250) Joseph Simmons
Simmons: St. Jude's Children's Hospital
Third Place ($100) Anneliese McDaniel
McDaniel: Stephen's Family YMCA
Fourth Place ($50) Snehal Saini
Anyone who is taking COM 103 should take the time to trust themselves and enter this wonderful, charitable contest. Entering will send a flux of confidence that will permeate through to your coursework, and on chance that you place, you'll have earned something worth winning, evidence that you are as good as you always thought. Not placing, does not mean, not winning. You won over the fear of not entering at all, and that's a tough battle either way. So, if you ask me what you should do: Study, practice, watch plenty of movies, talk to yourself, and enter.
I’d tell future students the contest is definitely worth your time. It always helps to put yourself in some competitive situations where you’re trying to perform at your best, and the David Jones speech contest is a perfect way to put yourself out there! I definitely enjoyed the whole process.
I feel like I learned more about myself and how I deal with any type of pressure situation. I personally gained the confidence to deliver speeches with higher stakes, and I left the presentation room knowing I’d given the best I had through the preparation I’d put in, which is a great feeling.