Five students received awards in three categories at the annual public speaking competition held this year on Zoom. Presentations were either persuasive or informative in nature, and in one category, students addressed an assigned topic.
As part of the McKinney Prize competition, a prize is awarded to one student from each class for a 5-8 minute persuasive speech that is socially relevant and of interest to the wider Hamilton community. The 2021 McKinney Prize winners and their subjects are:
Class of 2021: Aurora Cai, “Don’t Let Your Uniqueness Mute You”
Class of 2022: Abbie Wolff, “Mark Zuckerberg wants you to keep scrolling: The real value of your screen time”
Class of 2023/2024: Eric Moss ’24 “The .1%”
Developing the ability to communicate in a clear, organized, and effective manner is a central goal of a liberal arts education – and a prerequisite for a successful career. Hamilton is one of the top three liberal arts colleges to have an independent oral communication center.
written & oral communication
The Clark Prize competition is open to senior class members and calls for entrants to address an assigned topic through written and oral presentations. This year’s topic was “Are social media a waste of time?” The 2021 winner is Lily Delle-Levine, whose winning presentation is titled “Time for Change: Social Media as Social Action”.
The Warren E. Wright Prize competition is open to full-time students who have completed the Genres of Oral Communication public speaking course. This contest requires informative rather than persuasive speech. In other words, the purpose of the speech should be to enlighten rather than to defend. The 2021 Wright Prize recipient is Jay Menner ’21, who addressed the topic “Who was Alexander Hamilton?”
Winners will receive over $12,000 in prizes on class and charter day. The Oral Communication Center organized the Public Speaking Competition.