2018 PCC Public Speaking Contest
PCC students battling for top honors in the college’s annual public speaking contest shared their thoughts on what they consider to be the most important social issue plaguing America today.

Eight students participated in the competition, which took place Tuesday afternoon and featured cash prizes for the top five finishers. A tally of the final scores determined that Grace Fields and Annagrace Saufley tied for first, followed by Tyler Brooks, Jessica James and Emma Walls.

As this year’s contest winners, Fields and Saufley received $125 each. Brooks won $75, James $50 and Wells $25.

Started in 1994 by former PCC Communication Instructor Greg Baldwin, PCC’s public speaking contest required each competitor to speak between four and five minutes about the impact of the social issue they selected to discuss, the importance of addressing the matter, and actions that could be taken to positively resolve it.

Scoring was based on introductions, use of outside sources, reasoning, organization, language, vocal variety, conclusion, poise, eye contact and overall impression.

Serving as judges for this year’s event, which was organized by PCC Lead Communication Instructor Josh Matthews, were Joshua Burney, a coach/trainer with Spoken Solutions and president of Greenville Toastmasters, Amy Eason with East Carolina University’s College of Business, and Mary Ann Parrott, a Cengage Learning executive learning consultant. PCC Communication Instructor Ken Robol was the event’s official timer.
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