2023 Public Speaking Competition winners
Four students were awarded prizes in three categories in the annual Public Speaking Competition held on March 4. Presentations were either persuasive or informative in nature, and in one category, students addressed an assigned topic.
View videos of the winning speeches below.

The McKinney Prize was a cross-class year competition this year, with a first and second prize awarded for a 5- to 8-minute persuasive speech that is socially relevant and of interest to the extended Hamilton community. 

  • 1st place: Amaris Martins ’26, “Lives Are Set Up For Failure Before They Even Began: Reforming Student Aid Programs For Higher Education”
  • 2nd place: Abigail Moone ’23, “It Grows Back! The Phenomenon of Dorm Room Haircuts and Why You Need One”

The Clark Prize competition is open to members of the senior class and calls for participants to address an assigned topic through both written and oral presentations. The topic this year was “What value does studying oral communication add to an education in 2023?” This year’s recipient is Samuel Lieberman ’23, whose winning presentation was titled “Do Androids Dream of Public Speaking?”

The Warren E. Wright Prize competition is open to students who have taken the public speaking course Genres of Oral Communication. This competition requires an informative speech rather than a persuasive one, with the purpose to enlighten rather than to advocate. The 2023 Wright Prize recipient is Tinashe D. Manguwa ’25, whose topic was “A Collision With Decision.”

Winners will be awarded prizes on Class & Charter Day. The Oral Communication Center organized the Public Speaking Competition.

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