Baez Repeats as Public Speaking Champ
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College students shared their thoughts on how social media has affected everyday communication as they competed against one another in the college’s annual public speaking contest this month.
For the second year in a row, Leah Baez, a second-year Paralegal Technology student, took first place in the competition and received a $150-cash prize. Finishing second was health sciences student Hagen Fischlschweiger, followed by university transfer students Jessica Whitfield, Heather Winkler and Tony Puglisi.
Organized by communications instructors Kelly Jones and Josh Matthews, the competition took place in the Craig F. Goess Student Center April 4.
The nine participants were asked to speak four to five minutes on how they feel social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, have impacted the quality of communication in today’s world.
In addition to her cash prize, Baez will once again have her name placed on a plaque that features the names of all of the previous public speaking contest winners since the event was first held 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.
Former PCC Communications Department Chair Greg Baldwin served as one of three judges for the competition. Joining him were Chris Brown, a representative from McGraw Hill, and Heather Wilkerson, a digital media specialist at Vidant Health.
Matthews served as the event’s official timer, and PCC Student Government Association President Lindsay Arnold introduced the speakers.