From Staff Reports
---- — Members of the community are invited to attend the finals of Ivy Tech Community College’s third annual student speech competition and simultaneously support area nonprofits on Tuesday.
Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s Professional Communication Program sponsors the competition, dubbed the “Speak Up—Speak Out” Project. Five finalists will give speeches advocating for different nonprofit organizations at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center.
Attendees will be able to show their support for their favorite speech by making donations to the corresponding nonprofit for the People’s Choice Award part of the competition.
The five finalists, who were chosen from a preliminary contest held April 1, are:
• Heather Conger, a human services major from Kokomo, advocating for The Salvation Army;
• Rebecca Harris, an office administration major from Logansport, advocating for the Civic Players of Logansport;
• Krysten Moon, a general studies major from Peru, advocating for the Peru Council for Weekday Religious Education (Peru Rolling Chapel);
• Christina Pifer, a health care support major from Royal Center, advocating for Peak Community Services; and
• Amber Zehringer, a general studies major from Kokomo, advocating for Bona Vista Programs.
The winner of the competition, who will receive a free class, will be the student chosen by a panel of judges as the one who most effectively applies the principles of public speaking and persuasion. All funds raised during the weeks leading up to the competition will go to the charity discussed by the winning speaker.
In addition to the overall SUSO Project winner, the audience will decide, by voting with monetary donations, who will take home the People’s Choice Award. The money collected from the finals competition audience will be given to the charity supported by the People’s Choice Award winner.
“Everyone is encouraged to attend the SUSO Project Finals to support these students and help decide the People’s Choice Award winner,” said David Gray, assistant professor of communication and the SUSO Project coordinator.
For more information about the Professional Communication Program or the “Speak Up—Speak Out” Project, contact Gray at 765-459-0561 ext. 389 or firstname.lastname@example.org.