The Clark Prize
This prize was originally established through a gift from Aaron Clark in 1859. It was later reestablished in 1892 through a gift from the Fayerweather estate.
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.
2021 Clark Prize Topic:
“Is social media a waste of time?”
Each final round competitor will present a six to eight minute speech. Speeches should not be read from a script. Each judge will assign a score for each competitor’s presentation. The competitor receiving the highest final score will be determined to be the Clark Prize recipient.
Competitors will be evaluated on the following components:
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.
$2,500. The Clark Prize winner will be recognized at the Class and Charter Day ceremony.