Sign-up for the 14th Annual Honors Public Speaking Contest

The annual Honors Public Speaking Contest is scheduled for Tuesday, November 21st and sign-ups are now open!

Criteria and Rules: 

This contest is open to all Ferris State Honors students currently enrolled in COMM 121 Honors Intro to Public Address. Speeches should run 6-8 minutes with visuals encouraged but not mandatory. The speeches will be either informative or persuasive on any topic of contemporary interest. Due to FSU’s commitment to the Carnegie Foundation Political Engagement Project and the American Democracy Project, topics focusing on any aspect of political or civic engagement are encouraged, but not mandatory.

Each Honor section will “elect” the top two speeches from their class to represent their class in the preliminaries, or professors will “tap” students to participate. ANY Honors student currently enrolled in COMM 121 may nominate themselves, as well. It is free to enter.

Preliminaries are scheduled for 6-7pm on Tuesday, November 21st in room in STARR (rooms will be announced in class). In four preliminary rounds, the top speaker will be selected to advance to the finals in Science 102 at 7:30pm that same evening. The dress is business casual. Visuals are permitted but have a Plan B in case of technical problems.

Prizes and Judging: 

Finals will be judged by a distinguished judging panel. Judges will be Ferris communication professors as well as staff and administrators with experience in communication. All will use the standard rubric- but judges are free to interpret the rubric in terms of their own judging philosophy. All judges rulings are final. The first prize speaker will receive a $50 gift certificate with runners up receiving $20 gift certificates.

Sign-Up and Deadline: 

To sign up, please print and fill out the form below and turn it in to your communications professor. The deadline to enter is Friday, November 17th at 5pm. For more information, please contact Dr. Neil Patten at 112 Johnson Hall or call 231-591-3621.

Entry Form: 

Honors Public Speaking Contest Entry Form2017