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April 2013 News Releases

Students compete in annual Speak Off competition

Students enrolled in public speaking classes at Washburn University were chosen to compete recently in the annual Speak Off competition in April.

Finalist for the competition, their hometown, topic and placement were:

Nzingha Banks, The Valley, Anguilla, “Moon Splash,” first place

Jessica Thompson, Topeka, “Avatars,” second place

Brittany Schumann, Mclouth, "One Billion Rising," third place

Brie Sutton, Topeka, “Valentine’s Day," fourth place

Kayla Quick, Topeka “Photographic Memory,” fifth place

Haskell McRavin, Topeka, “Mysteries of Soap,” sixth place 

Banks, also will receive the Nall Award, named after the benefactor of the event. Robert Nall is a 1990 graduate of the communications department.

More than 200 students are enrolled in public speaking this semester. From these, the top six students were selected based on their preliminary round performance, to compete for the Speak Off championship.

The communications department hosts the event.

Steve Doubledee, lecturer, communication and assistant director, forensics, 785-670-2230
Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153