2018 Public Speaking Showcase Winners


KENNESAW, Ga. (Mar 6, 2018) — Congratulations to SOCM's 2018 Public Speaking Showcase winners.  Our first place winner is majoring in Journalism.


1st Place: Laurenmarie Holliday

Digital Architects of the Future


2nd Place: Kelsie Anderson

The Conversation We Need to Have: STD Testing


3rd Place: Emily Thurmond

Rewriting the Narrative of Sexual Assault


4th Place: Olivia Wamack

Best Buddies: Including People with Special Needs


5th Place: Tadd Steffner

Eating Healthy and Exercising Regularl


Other participants included: Isabelle Martinez, Patrick Kielly,,Jaelyn Jordan, Connor Zielke, Megan Simms, Lucy Olliff, Miguel Santiesteban, Emmanuel Martinez, Alisa Ligman, Audrey Faulkner, Ronnie Slomkowski


We awarded top speakers with $1,500 worth of prize money. The event was sponsored by Benalytics.


Thank you to our judges: Karen Sichler, Debbie Wetherhead, Lindsey Hand, Tom Vizcarrondo, Meredith Ginn, Kelsey Harr-Lagin, Laura Beth Daws, Polly Howes, Tricia Grindel, and Bobby Gutierrez. Drs. Katherine Kinnick and Thierry Léger judged the final round with a guest judge from Georgia Highlands College, Travice Obas.