Troy University to host speech competition for local high school students

Posted: Wednesday, 09 February 2011

DOTHAN—Local high school students will put their public speaking skills to the test during the first ever “Yes We Can Speak Out” competition on Wednesday, Feb. 23, sponsored by Troy University, Yes We Can Dothan and Wallace Community College.

The competition will start at 10 a.m. at the Dothan Campus inside Sony Hall. The award ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Students will present original speeches of 5 to 8 minutes in length in either an informational, persuasive, humorous or storytelling style.

The contest is meant to be a learning opportunity for students to express their thoughts on national and international issues such as teenage pregnancy, human trafficking, terrorism, WikiLeaks and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy, said Dr. JeeHae Lee, a TROY assistant professor in the College of Education.

“Our hope is that the Yes We Can Speak Out contest will not only challenge Dothan City Schools students to improve both their writing and speaking abilities, but also give an opportunity for educators and parents to learn about what our high school students are really interested in and passionate about,” Dr. Lee said.

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. About 15 high school students are expected to compete.

For more information, contact Dr. Lee at