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Top eight speakers compete in showcase


The top eight speakers from Miami University’s Public Expression and Critical Inquiry (COM 135) classes competed in an end-of-semester speech showcase Dec. 9. Michael Rhodes, freshman finance major from Cuyahoga Falls, placed first ($500) for his speech, “Gay Rights (or lack of) in Uganda.”

Other finalists were:

Second Place ($200): Teresa Eigel, sophomore management and organizations major from Galloway, “Single Sex Education.”

Third Place ($100): James Deacon, senior arts management major from Chesterland, “Double Jeopardy.”

Honorable Mention ($25) and Audience Choice Award ($75): Matt McGurgan, sophomore marketing major from Lincolnshire, Ill., “Student Athlete Admissions: No More Monkey Business.”

Honorable Mention ($25):

  • Will DeDakis, sophomore marketing major from Lancaster, “Child Abuse.”
  • Molly Donovan, sophomore accountancy major from Northville, Mich., “Self-Defense.”
  • Maria Kreighbaum, sophomore communication pre-major from Hudson, “Tanning: A Not-So-Healthy Glow.”
  • Kyle Rubright, sophomore international studies and finance major from Cuyahoga Falls, “Road Trip.”

Showcase sponsor Pearson, the publisher of the COM 135 textbook Public Speaking: An Audience Centered Approach, by Steven A. and Susan J. Beebe, donated the cash prizes.


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