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Public Speaking Competition Set for April 12

Nursing student Caroline Killmon won the 2011 public speaking contest.WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College students will test their oratory skills next month, when the college holds its annual public speaking competition in the G.H. Leslie Building auditorium (Room 143) April 12.

Organized by communications instructors Greg Baldwin and Kelly Jones, the competition is set to begin at 2 p.m. The first 12 full-time PCC students to register prior to April 9 outside of Baldwin's office (Whitley 244) will be allowed to compete in the event, which first took place in 1994.

Each speaker will be asked to discuss the United States’ role as the world’s peacekeeper. In four-to-five-minute speeches, they will share their thoughts on what they feel is an appropriate position for the country to take in today’s global community.

Speakers will be awarded points for their introductions, speech content, diction, gestures, eye contact and overall impression. Points will be deducted for speeches shorter than four minutes and longer than five.

In addition to a $150-cash prize, the winner of next month’s competition will have his or her name placed on a plaque along with the names of previous public speaking contest winners. Caroline Killmon, a PCC Student Ambassador majoring in nursing, took first place in the 2011 event.

A total of $400 will be awarded to the top five speakers in this year’s contest, which is once again being sponsored by the PCC Student Government Association and McGraw-Hill Higher Education.