Six of the best public speakers on campus will take the stage for the semi-annual Speakers’ Showcase tomorrow at Taylorsville Redwood Campus.
Each public speaking class at Salt Lake Community College nominates a student to submit a speech. A panel of SLCC communication faculty then select the top six speakers. Each winner receives a cash prize of $100 and the opportunity to present their speech.
Sarah Billington, an assistant professor of communication at SLCC, highlights the accomplishment of the six finalists.
“[Being a finalist] is something to be proud of, as public speaking is no easy task, and to be good at it, is even harder,” she says.
The topics of the speeches are chosen by the students and range widely.
“Last semester was everything from why tuition costs are too high, to how we need to be less sensitive in our current popular culture,” Billington says.
Billington says the showcase will remind students of the popular TED Talks series.
“It’s fun and informative, and you get to see some great student speakers talk about things they really care about in society and feel inspired or moved to action,” she explains.
The 11th Speakers’ Showcase will be held Thursday, Dec. 7 in room TB-203 at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. The pre-show begins at 6:30 p.m. and the showcase starts at 7 p.m. The event is free.