Established by Charles McKinney in 1878, the McKinney Prize is awarded to four students, one from each class. Participation is open to all students, with finalists chosen from a preliminary round of competition. The contest requires a persuasive speech on a topic that is interesting and relevant to a Hamilton College audience.
Theodore Clements ’14 – “Six-million Uncounted Votes: The Disenfranchisement of Ex-Felons”
Keara Fenzel ’14 – “Slander of the Millennials: How the Mainstream Media Misrepresent a Generation”
Madison Kircher ’14 – “A Novel Idea: Literary Fiction and Social Perceptiveness”
Max Schnidman ’14 – “Encouraging Fiscal Responsibility through Student Assembly”
Sky Aulita ’15 – “Prepare For Success”
Leonard Collins ’15 – “Justice is Just for Us: Problems of Equality in the U.S. Constitution”
Catherine Cooper ’15 – “A Battle of the Best”
Joshua Glen ’16 – “Got Grit?”
Jeremy Mathurin ’16 – “The Shame of a Nation”
Osaruese Odeh ’16 – “Are We Really Aware?”
Porshai Rivera ’16 – “Take a Chance on a Thug”
Benjamin Goldman ’17 – “Living Outside the Lines: Victims of Racism in the American Justice System”
Hady Hewidy ’17 – “All Are Terrorized”
Bowin Lee ’17 – “Now You See Me”
Established by Aaron Clark and increased by Henry A. Clark, Class of 1838, this contest is open to all seniors. Competitors first addressed the assigned topic in an essay and then with a speech presented in a preliminary round, from which the finalists were selected.
Many observers see issues related to water looming larger than those related to oil. Speakers for the Clark Prize are asked to identify and analyze one of the challenges related to human use of water and to propose an approach to that challenge.
This prize was established by Robert S. Ludwig, Class of 1972, in honor of Warren E. Wright, the Upson Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory from 1977 to 1993. Participation is open to all students who have taken or are currently enrolled in the College’s public speaking course, The Rhetorical Act, with finalists chosen from a preliminary round of competition. The contest requires an informative speech that thoughtfully addresses a current issue of social significance.