The Annual Pearce Speech Contest

The 2013 Tom and Anne Pearce Award for Excellence in Oral Communication

This award is designed to honor outstanding achievement by a currently enrolled Columbia College student in the area of oral communication.

Application deadline: Noon Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in to the Pearce Communication Lab, 209 Cottingham.

The competition: 3:00 P.M. Thursday, April 11, 2013 in 103 Breed Leadership Center. If you need to arrive late or leave early due to a class conflict, please speak beforehand with Ms. Love.

Contest Guidelines

Topic:  Bring more Life to Columbia College: start a new tradition! We have wonderful traditions here; let’s add one more to make campus life even more vibrant!

Each speech should contain:  An introduction that gets our attention, introduces your idea, & sets up the speech to come.
A body that develops your idea, so we understand exactly what your new traditions is and what it will bring to our campus. Be as specific as possible! Support can include what other colleges are doing, how much it will cost, how it fits with the college’s mission, etc. A conclusion that wraps up your presentation and ends on a strong note.

Length: The speech should be 5 to 7 minutes in length. Speeches will be penalized for being too short or too long; speeches more than 30 seconds over time may be stopped.

Audience: The audience will consist of Columbia College faculty, staff, and students. Speeches should be directed toward this audience.

Visual Aids: Visual aids are not required, but they are allowed and encouraged. This room can accommodate PowerPoint; a document camera is also available.

Delivery: Speeches will be delivered extemporaneously, neither read nor memorized. Significant deductions will be taken when speeches are read or delivered from memory.

Assistance: Contestants may not receive assistance from the tutors in the Pearce Communication Lab or from the faculty in either the Communication or Theatre programs. They may, however, seek insights from others and use any of the handouts available in the Pearce Communication Lab. 

General Rules:

  1. The contest will take place at 3:00 P.M. Thursday, April 11, room 103, Breed Leadership Center. Contestants need to arrive 10 minutes early.
  2. Contestants may not receive assistance specific to this contest from tutors in the Pearce Communication Lab or from the faculty in either the Columbia College Communication or Theatre programs. However, students may utilize any of the handouts available within the lab.
  3. Contestants will deliver their own, originally crafted speeches.
  4. Contestants will follow the contest guidelines as outlined in the Speech Contest Guidelines.
  5. Contestants give permission to have each speech recorded by the Pearce Communication Lab for historical purposes.