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Dannis B. Eaton Speech Competition

Logo for PSRC Speech Competition
The Dannis B. Eaton Speech Competition: RedHawk Talks is an annual event held by the Fundamentals of Speech Program in the School of Communication and Media. Each fall the campus is presented with a different topic that asks all Montclair State students to ponder current events and propose visions and solutions to the problems and questions that are confronting our society today. The topic for the 2019 competition theme will be announced in late September, the pitch event to qualify for the contest will be held in October, and the competition will occur in November. Below is information on the 2018 Competition addressing Community.
Please check back in September 2019 for details about the next competition.

2018 Dannis B. Eaton Speech Competition Winners

First Place – Kennedy Royal (Sophomore, Family Science and Human Development)
Second Place – Patrick Farley (Freshman, Television and Digital Media)
Third Place – Margaret Moutis (Senior, Communication Studies)

The Pitch – October 15, 2018

You are required to provide a preview of your intended speech. Judges will consider delivery and content when selecting the 5 competitors. Do your best to deliver your pitch with no presentation notes. You should not read your pitch to the judges. Your pitch should be either informative or persuasive and be 1-2 minutes in length.

Let Montclair State know how you define or serve your community in this world.

Some possible topics:

  • “How do you define community?”
  • “How do you serve your community?”
  • “How do you create a community?”
  • “What is your community and why is it special? Is there something you want others to know about it?”

The Competition Round to select 5 finalists will occur October 15th from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm in Morehead 204. Starting at 2:00pm, a student will be scheduled every five minutes to present their 1-2 minutes pitch (For instance, 2:00pm, 2:05pm, 2:10pm, and so on). You will receive the presentation schedule on October 14th.

The Competition – November 14, 2018

The main event will be held 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Presentation Hall of the SCM building! The five finalists will present their 6-8 minute speech at the public event. Monetary prizes of $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place will be announced at the end of the evening! The monetary prize will credited to the winners’ Montclair State student account.

Students are encouraged to visit the Public Speaking Resource Center in 211 and 213

Morehead Hall for more details and assistance preparing for the competition. The speech consultants can help you develop not only the performative aspects of your speech but also the content. Your speech should contain a clear thesis and transitions among the main points of the body. It is also important to note that the expectation is that the speech will be extemporaneous (meaning you DO NOT read your speech). Presentation notes are permitted but should be minimal. Our speech consultants can also assist you in deciding if any visual aids are appropriate and how they should be incorporated into the speech.


Students must register for the event by emailing Public Speaking Resource Center Speech Consultant,
Pauline Theeuws, at

The registration period is September 19th – October 10th