Public Speaking

More than $13,000 in cash prizes are awarded each year in the Hamilton Public Speaking Competition.

2020 competition

The annual Public Speaking Competition took place on Saturday, March 7, in the Chapel.

The 2020 McKinney Prize recipients are:

  • Taomi Kenny ’20, “Face Your Feelings”
  • Abbie Wolff ’22, “The Will of the People: Why the Filibuster Threatens American Democracy”
  • Sam Lieberman ’23, “The Woods”

The 2020 Clark Prize recipient is Haotian Yang ’20, whose winning presentation was titled 
“Getting Out there: Make Diversity Happen”

The 2020 Warren E. Wright Prize is Taomi Kenny ’20, whose winning presentation was titled “Ego Depletion: When Willpower is Powerless!”

Previous Award Recipients View This Year's Speeches

Contact Information

Amy Gaffney

Oral Communication Center Director
Kirner-Johnson 222
315-859-4401 oralcomm@hamilton.edu


Jan 27 – May 11

S 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.

M 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

T 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

W 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

T 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

F 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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