Humanities Speech Contest Leaves Crowd Speechless

 

 

Jess Semmnacher presented his speech “High Five” to the audience and decided to start the movement “High Five Thursday.”; Photo by Krystie Morrison

Jess Semmnacher presented his speech “High Five” to the audience and decided to start the movement “High Five Thursday.”; Photo by Krystie Morrison

Donald Becker
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Lewis and Clark Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) sponsored the 2017 Humanities Speech contest in the Ann Whitney Olin Theatre March 23.

First place went to Jennifer Lewis-Kelly, second place went to Ethan Morris, third place went to Michael Bevens, and the rest of the contestants were as follows, Elizabeth Vogel, Sherri Nixon, Jess Semmnacher and Sean Berry.

“We have continued with the humanities theme that includes all topics surrounding the human condition and this year had a breadth of coverage of these themes with some very personal and heartfelt messages,” PTK’s advisor Elizabeth Grant said. “It’s a rewarding event to participate in, both as a speaker and audience member. We do it each March, and I encourage you to come next year.”

Contestant Bevens, who was last year’s first place winner and this year’s third place winner said, “It was a great experience. I love these competitions because it gives you a chance to see how talented and resilient others are. And, even though it is a competition, I found myself rooting for everyone else, also.”    

Jennifer Lewis-Kelly, this year’s first place winner said, “She was really looking forward to hearing others share their stories coming into the competition. Each participant impressed me, and I am delighted to have been a part of this experience.”

Those with questions can contact Grant at (618) 468-4725 or eegrant@lc.edu.

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