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Inaugural Communications Showcase Winners Announced

May 07, 2018

Three University of Idaho students battled their way to the top of their class on Tuesday, May 1, at the university's first freshman speech competition.

The inaugural Communication Showcase competition, sponsored by the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, featured students nominated by their public speaking course instructors for excellence in public speaking. Students delivered speeches in informative, persuasive, and "Here We Have Idaho" categories. Tuesday's event marked the conclusion of three days of competition.

Helena Kirkland, a student in the College of Business and Economics, won the prize for her informative speech, entitled "Why Not Here? Why Not Now?" College of Art and Architecture student Kyle Madsen delivered a speech advocating for pet adoption to win the persuasive category. The winner of the "Here We Have Idaho" speech was Logan Heflin, an honors student in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. "Here We Have Idaho" speeches highlight a significant public person affiliated with the State of Idaho, the University of Idaho, or both. Heflin delivered a speech of tribute honoring World War II fighter ace Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, a native of St. Maries, Idaho.

Each winner received a certificate, a prize from the VandalStore, and recognition on a perpetual plaque, to be housed in the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies.

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