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Four UWG students take home public speaking awards
Four UWG students take home public speaking awards

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- In the recent 9th annual Gibson Public Speaking Contest, four students of University of West Georgia won awards for outstanding skills in persuasive speech.

Contestants were narrowed down until five were left, based on their delivery of a persuasive speech assignment in class. The speeches could be no more than ten minutes long, and were given in front of a large audience and judges, including Assistant Professor, Dr. Suvees Ricks, UWG alumnus and Solicitor of the State Court of Carroll County, Mr. Doug Vassy, and Professor and Department Chair for Mass Communications, Dr. Camilla Gant.   


“Faculty are limited in the assistance and coaching they provide the students because topic selection is a portion of their grade,” Dr. Wendell Stone, speech communication coordinator and lecturer said. “Students are given a wide scope in their topic selection, but required to argue for a change in policy.”

The four students who took awards include the following, along with their topics presented: 


  • 1st Place: Christina DeMartino, “A Prescription for Death” (advocating for a national prescription drug database)
  • 2nd Place: Jose Ignacio Gonzalez, “The Profession of Prostitution” (advocating for the legalization of sex work)
  • 3rd Place: Elizabeth Gray, “Honey Boo Boo Goes Bye Bye” (advocating for banning children’s beauty contests)
  • 3rd Place: Tia Roberts, “The Tragedy of Female Circumcision in Certain Parts of Africa” (advocating for ending the practice of female circumcision and establishing a nonprofit that helps advocate against this practice while assisting women who are seeking refuge in order to avoid the practice)




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