Hannah Ferris '16, Emily Kaplan '15, Erika Marte '15, Meghan O'Sullivan '15, Sarah Magee '18, and Joany Lamur '17.

More than $11,000 in cash prizes were awarded during the 2015 Public Speaking Competition

Six students were awarded prizes in three categories in the annual Hamilton College Public Speaking Competition on Saturday, March 7, in the Chapel. The finalists were chosen after an open preliminary round held in February. Speakers’ presentations were either persuasive or informative in nature, and in one category students were asked to address an assigned topic.

The McKinney Prize

The McKinney Prize is awarded to one student from each class for a 5-8 minute persuasive speech that is socially relevant and of interest to the extended Hamilton College community.

  • Erika Marte ’15, “I Am Afraid of Being a Woman”
  • Hannah Ferris ’16, “The Bilingual Advantage”
  • Joany Lamur ’17, “An Invisible Injustice:  Disability at Hamilton College”
  • Sarah Magee ’18, “Taking the Next Step:  Fossil Fuel Divestment at Hamilton College”

The Clark Prize

The Clark Prize competition is open to all members of the senior class and calls for participants to address an assigned topic through both written and oral presentations.

  • Meghan O’Sullivan ’15, “Intersections at Home”

The Warren E. Wright Prize

The Warren Wright Prize in informative speaking is open to those students who have enrolled in the college’s public speaking course. Participants also respond to questions from the audience, and their responses are included in the judges’ evaluations.

  • Emily Kaplan ’15, “The Truth Behind Suicide on College Campuses”