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Dannis B. Eaton Speech Competition

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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. This will be our first competition since the pandemic! The topic for the 2022 competition is My Vote, inspired by the School of Communication and Media’s #FOCUSVOTE2022 project.

The Qualifying Round – October 26, 2022

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 about our democracy in 2022!

Some possible topic suggestions:

  • Why should we vote?
  • Does our vote really matter?
  • What does democracy mean to you?
  • What is civic engagement?
  • Do you have to be a citizen to be civically engaged?
  • What issue can we change using our voting power?
  • The electoral college
  • Voter Suppression
  • The Two-Party System

The Qualifying Round to select 5 finalists will occur October 26th 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 24th.

Registration

Students must register for the Qualifying Round by emailing Public Speaking Resource Center Speech Consultant, Paulette Gando, at gandoduenap1@montclair.edu.

The registration period is October 11th – October 21st

The Competition – November 16, 2022

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. Winners will be announced at the end of the competition!

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.

Previous Dannis B. Eaton Speech Competition Winners

We are so excited to announce that the Dannis B. Eaton Speech Competition will commence this Fall 2022

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 was My Earth, inspired by the School of Communication and Media’s #focusclimatechange project.

You can listen to the 2019 competitors’ speeches (Carley Campbell, Sam Carliner, Francis Churchill, Giovanna Da Silva Pagungue, and Kenny Slaman) on WMSC’s SoundCloud account.

2019 – My Earth

First Place – Sam Carliner

Second Place – Giovanna Da Silva Pagungue

Third Place –  Kenny Slaman


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)