Dannis B. Eaton 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 we invite the campus to address a 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 is My Earth, inspired by the School of Communication and Media’s #focusclimatechange project.
The Qualifying Round – October 30, 2019

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 preview with no presentation notes. You should not read your presentation to the judges. Your speech can be either informative or persuasive and be 1-2 minutes in length.

Let Montclair State know how you feel we should address climate change.

Some possible topics:

“What is the greatest threat to our earth?”

“Do we need to change how we view our relationship to the earth?”

“Who is responsible for the climate crisis?”

“How can we save the earth?”

The Qualifying Round to select 5 finalists will occur October 30th from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm in Morehead 201. Starting at 3:00pm, a student will be scheduled every five minutes to present their 1-2 minutes preview (For instance, 3:00pm, 3:05pm, 3:10pm, and so on). You will receive your presentation time on October 28th.


Students must register for the Qualifying Round by emailing Public Speaking Resource Center Speech Consultant Stephanie Pitera at piteras1@montclair.edu

The registration period is September 23rd – October 25th

The Competition – November 18, 2019

The main event will be held 6:00 pm – 7:30 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 be 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.

Dannis B. Eaton Speech Competition Winners

2018 – My Community

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)

2017 – My Stamp

First Place – Crystal Wright (Freshman, Musical Theater Makeup Artistry)

Second Place – Tiffany Baskerville (Junior, Journalism)

Third Place – Tori Murry (Freshman, Communication Studies)