The Clark Prize
The Clark Prize is open to all senior students in all disciplines.
The Clark competition requires a speech that addresses the assigned topic. The prize will be awarded to the senior who, through both content and delivery, most effectively addresses the assigned topic. 2022's topic was "What lesson(s) should we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic?"
In 2022, students competed in the preliminary round by recording their speeches. Scoring criteria are listed below.
All recordings must be a single take. That is, you may not splice together different recordings to make one complete speech.
Each final round competitor will submit a detailed outline or manuscript of the final speech. Each final round competitor will present a six to eight minute speech. Speeches should not be read from a script. Scoring for the final round will be based on the same criteria as the preliminary round, with 10% reserved for evaluation of the content based on the submitted materials.
The judges will assign scores on two broad areas: content/organization and delivery.
CONTENT AND ORGANIZATION
- Content is relevant to speech prompt and maintains a focus appropriate for the audience (Hamilton community).
- Clear organization was followed consistently throughout the speech.
- Speech consistently used evidence that was appropriate for the topic (e.g., narrative, statistics) and was cited as appropriate.
- Language use was appropriate for audience (e.g., avoided jargon) and occasion.
- Logical connections were clearly made between ideas within the speech.
- Speaker’s use of vocal qualities (volume, pitch, emphasis) enhanced the presentation.
- Nonverbal behaviors (gestures and eye contact) enhanced the presentation.
- Speaker was fluent (e.g., avoided fillers such as “um”) and conversational.
- The speaker was engaging throughout the presentation.
- The overall presentation was consistently persuasive.
Lily Delle-Levine '21, "Time for Change: Social Media as Social Action" | video
Haotian Yang '20, "Getting Out There: Make Diversity Happen" | video
Emily Aviles '19, "The True Price of Higher Education" | video
Ryan Bloom '18, “Don’t Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Defense of the Open Curriculum” | video
Jake Blount '17, "Modern Conservatives and the Myth of Campus Censorship" | video