Annual speech contest at Penn State Schuylkill to be held May 1

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. -- Members of the local community, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual persuasive speech contest at Penn State Schuylkill on May 1, beginning at 7 p.m. in the John E. Morgan Auditorium in the Student Community Center.

Two students from six sections of public speaking classes will be selected to participate in the contest. Each participant will present his or her persuasive speech to the audience and to a panel of three judges from the local community: Henry Nyce of the Republican-Herald, John Powers of WPPA, and Bob Reynolds of WNEP TV.

The judges will be provided with objective criteria through which they can judge each speech. Valerie Schrader, assistant professor of communication arts and sciences will make brief opening and closing remarks. After deliberation, the judges will choose a first, second and third place winner. The winning students will receive gift cards redeemable at the Penn State Schuylkill Bookstore.

Light refreshments will be provided after the event. All community members, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this event celebrating the accomplishments of Penn State Schuylkill’s public speaking students.

For additional information contact Valerie Schrader at 570-385-6072 or

Last Updated April 28, 2014