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November 2013 News Releases

Generosity of a Topeka alumnus allows two students to benefit from a tie at Nall Speak Off competition

For the first time in the history of the Nall Speak Off competition, two Washburn University students tied for first place. Earning identical scores were Janetta Haines, Topeka, and Jenna Frick, Kansas City, Kan., who faced off in a tie-breaker to determine the overall winner. Haines was deemed winner of the Nall Award and a $500 scholarship, but Robert Nall, Topeka, a Washburn alumnus and benefactor of the competition was so inspired by the quality of the contest he decided to provide a second $500 scholarship to Frick.

“I would like to thank Mr. Nall for his continued support and generosity in helping Washburn students attain an education,” said Stephen Doubledee, Nall Speak Off coordinator and lecturer, communications.

Students enrolled in public speaking classes at Washburn University were chosen to compete in an annual Nall Speak Off competition. Nall is a 1990 graduate of the communications department.

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

Janetta Haines, Topeka, “Squid,” first place

Jenna Frick, Kansas City, Kan., “Dr. Sutherland,” second place

Tong Zhao, Lanzhou, China, “Qixi Festival,” third place

Matt Kaiser, St. Marys, Kan., “Prescribed Burns,” fourth place

Mike Seeley, Paxico, Kan., “Dreams,” fifth place

Delaney Zaborowski, Salina, “Pittsburghese,” six place

More than 180 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. Washburn’s communications department hosts the event.


Communications department, 785-670-2230

Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153