Troy University to host speech competition for Dothan high school students

Posted: Tuesday, 09 April 2013

DOTHAN - Local high school students will put their public speaking skills to the test during the annual “Yes We Can Speak Out” competition on Friday, April 12, at Troy University’s Dothan Campus.

The competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Sony Hall auditorium in the Library/Technology Building.

A group of 20 Dothan City Schools students will participate in the competition. The 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 a variety of national and international issues 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.

For more information, contact Dr. Lee at