GHC Home > School of Humanities > Special Events > Annual Speech Competition

Annual Speech Competition

Welcome to the GHC Speech Competition!

The 11th Annual Public Speaking Competition was held virtually in April 2021.

All of our winners are announced in a video released college-wide at the end of the event. Special congratulations to 1st Place Winner and Student Choice Winner: Amber Irene Cockrell!


In 2022, we will hold the event for our 12th year! It is unclear whether we will hold the 2022 event virtually or whether we will return to hosting the event in person on the third or fourth Friday of April. To participate, GHC students prepare and record a persuasive speech on a topic of their choosing (5-6 minutes long). GHC faculty and staff judges determine which speech recordings advance to the semifinal and final rounds, rewarding those students that advance with GHC themed prizes, GHC bookstore gift cards, and prize money. All competitors also gain valuable experience writing persuasive speeches, delivering a position speech in a virtual environment, and communicating widely about an issue they care about.

Please read the rules and instructions page carefully before submitting your entry, due in mid April. These rules and submission guidelines may change if we switch from virtual to in-person for 2022.


About the Speech Competition:

The event invites GHC students to prepare and deliver a persuasive speech to an audience of fellow students, faculty, family, and friends. Many of our students learn basic public address theory and practice in our Human Communication course or Public Speaking course. Still, the performative art of speaking in public is one that requires significant practice in front of live audiences to master. To that end, our event is an opportunity for students to
demonstrate speech preparation, verbal style, physical delivery, and to build experience in front of unfamiliar audiences.


Questions or comments?

Steve Stuglin – Competition Director –