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Leah Baez Wins Public Speaking Contest

After taking first place in the annual PCC Public Speaking Contest, student Leah Baez poses for a photo with Chris Brown, a representative from McGraw-Hill Higher Education, which co-sponsors the annual event. As this year's top speaker, Baez will have her name placed on the plaque she is holding alongside the names of previous winners.WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College students shared their thoughts on the country’s role as the world’s peacekeeper Thursday as they competed against one another in a public speaking contest.

Leah Baez, a first-year Paralegal Technology student, took first place in the competition and received a $150-cash prize. Finishing second was Charles Myers, followed by Kathleen Mosher, Demetrus Dixon and Jacob Baker. All four students are enrolled in the University Transfer program.

Organized by instructors Kelly Jones and Greg Baldwin of the college’s Communications Department, the competition took place in the G.H. Leslie Building.

All participants were asked to speak four to five minutes on what they felt was an appropriate position for the country to take in policing today’s global community.

In addition to her cash prize, Baez will have her name placed on a plaque along with the names of all of the previous public speaking contest winners since the event first took place in 1994.

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

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

Chris Brown, a representative from McGraw Hill, Marlo Holsten, a graduate of PCC and East Carolina University with a communications degree, and former PCC Librarian Linda Leighty served as judges for the competition. Pitt instructor Lit Woodard was the event’s official timer.