Local high school students honored for public speaking skills at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 23 February 2011

DOTHAN—Three Dothan High School students took home the top prizes in the first ever “Yes We Can Speak Out” speech competition at Troy University on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

About 15 high school students from the Dothan City Schools system took part in the competition sponsored by Troy University, Yes We Can Dothan and Wallace Community College.

The contest was held at the Dothan Campus inside Sony Hall.

First place went to Jackson Stansell, who presented the speech “Kudzu: Fuel of the 21st Century.”

Second prize was awarded to Raven A. Pasibe, who delivered a speech supporting school uniforms.

Third place went to Kiara Canaan, whose speech “Be True, Be Open” addressed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

All three winners are in the 9th grade.

All of the students presented original speeches of 5 to 8 minutes in length in either an informational, persuasive, humorous or storytelling style.

The contest was meant to give students a chance to improve their writing and public speaking skills while giving them a platform to address issues of local, national and international concern.

“All of the students who took part in today’s competition delivered excellent speeches that addressed a wide variety of issues of concern to today’s young people,” said Dr. JeeHae Lee, a TROY assistant professor in the College of Education. “I hope this event was a meaningful learning opportunity for all who participated and we look forward to bringing this event back again next year.”

Students who wanted to take part in the competition submitted 3-5 page essays on their speech topic, with the top essays being selected to advance.

For more information, contact Dr. Lee at jhlee@troy.edu.

Yes We Can Speak Out

The winners of the first ever “Yes We Can Speak Out” high school speech competition on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Troy University Dothan Campus were Jackson Stansell, first place (center), Raven A. Pasibe, second place (right) and Kiara Canaan, third place. All three are 9th grade students at Dothan High School. About 15 high school students from the Dothan City Schools system took part in the competition sponsored by Troy University, Yes We Can Dothan and Wallace Community College. (TROY photo/Matt Clower)