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Public Speaking


More than $12,000 in cash prizes are awarded each year in the Hamilton Public Speaking Competition.

2018 competition

The annual Public Speaking Competition took place on Saturday, March 3, in the Chapel.

The 2018 McKinney Prize recipients and their topics are:

  • Class of 2018: Conor O’Shea, “Stand for Something: Reinvigorating Student Advocacy on Hamilton's Honors Court”
  • Class of 2019: Emily Aviles, “A Crash Course in Psychological Self Defense”
  • Class of 2020: Federico Pollevick, “Pub Power as a Tool for Free Speech”
  • Class of 2021: Honor Allen, “Waving (then Dropping, then Tripping Over) the White Flag: A Surrender to Awkwardness”

The 2018 Clark Prize recipient is Ryan Bloom ’18, whose winning presentation was titled “Don’t Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Defense of the Open Curriculum.”

The 2018 Warren Wright Prize recipient is Noam Barnhard ’18. His topic was “Now I know My ABCs.”

Previous Award Recipients Videos of Winning Speeches

Contact Information


Amy Gaffney

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