Miami University first-year student Erin Meisman took home top honors at the Pearson COM 135 Speech Showcase held Wednesday, May 1. Her speech, "Clean Out Your Good Drawers!," bested seven other speakers in front of an audience of more than 500 members at the department of communication's event.
Meisman, an accounting major, won $500 for her speech and was recognized as the top speaker by the judging panel.
In addition to Meisman's first-place finish, sophomore interdisciplinary business management major Brianne Harrison and sophomore social work major Morgan Sackenheim placed second and third, respectively. Harrison earned $200 for her second-place speech "Don’t Use the R-Word." Sackenheim's speech titled "Twilight" took home a $100 third-place prize.
Songyue Qian, a senior computer science major, earned an honorable mention, and he was the audience’s choice as the best speaker of the event for his speech “Don’t Make a Nonsense Announcement” that won him $100.
Libby Mueller, sophomore marketing major; Kevin Ryan, sophomore marketing major; Laura Palmer, junior marketing major; and Nathaniel Koska, sophomore biochemistry and marketing double major, also competed in the showcase and earned honorable mention recognition and $25 each.
A panel of three communication faculty members presided over the showcase and served as judges: Carol Shulman, Julie Semlak, and Dan Behnke. Marjorie Keeshan Nadler, professor in communication and the course director for COM 135, organized the event.
The COM 135 Showcase is designed as an opportunity to recognize the university's outstanding and talented speakers developed through Miami’s Public Expression and Critical Inquiry COM 135 classes for spring semester.
The eight speakers selected to participate in the event were chosen by their peers and COM 135 instructors out of a pool of the best speakers in each section this spring semester. Pearson, a publishing company, donated the $1,000 prize money.