Date: April 9, 2008
Contact: Carol Connelly, Director,
Media & Communication Services, ext. 5267, email@example.com
PNC Announces Hyde Park Forum and Speak-Off Winners
25th Hyde Park Forum Speak-Off Winners, left to right,
Lydia Duerr, (4th place), Chuck Watterson, (3), Brittany, (2,) and Sarah Weber, first place. Download photo here.
WESTVILLE – The 25th Purdue University North Central Hyde Park Forum Public Speaking Contest concluded with Sarah Weber of Michigan City, being named winner of the “Speak-Off” competition.
The Hyde Park Forum brings together students who present short speeches on various topics of current interest. Many participants are students in PNC’s Communication 114 class.
This was the sixth year that Hyde Park Forum’s first-place winners were brought together for the Speak-Off to compete for cash awards.
Speak-Off winner Weber gave the speech on the topic of stress. Second place went to Brittany Mass, of LaPorte, who shared the message “Stop working so hard.” Third place was Chuck Watterson, of LaPorte, with the speech on the “Bad of universal health care. Fourth place was Lydia Duerr, of Portage, with “Changing a World.”
Overall second place Hyde Park Forum winners were Millie Arocho, of Portage, who explored “Persuading Students to Live with Parents;” George Nyers, of South Bend, who spoke on “Nuclear Power;” Tara Puetzer, of Michigan City, presented “The Atrocity of the Bullfight” and Chelsea Richardson, of Valparaiso, spoke about “Donating to the Red Cross.”
Overall third place Hyde Park Forum winners were – Thomas Emerson, of Gary, who spoke on “Young Adults,” Marta Huddleston, of LaPorte, chose the topic, “Learning a second language;” Amanda Martin of LaPorte, spoke about “Breast cancer early diagnosis” and Kate Westerfield, Valparaiso, had a speech about “Gay Marriage.”
The Hyde Park Forum and Speak-Off are loosely based on London’s Hyde Park, a public gathering place for speakers who wish to state their minds. Hyde Park has gained prominence as a reference to freedom of speech and intriguing speaking.