A freshman from Ottawa, Illinois is the winner of the 2013 Smith-Merritt Public Speaking Contest, conducted by the Eastern Illinois University Department of Communication Studies. Sabrina Sibert, a Recreation major at Eastern, received first place for her speech entitled, “Homeless Shelters Need More Support.” As the winner, she received a certificate and $500.00. Sabrina is pictured above with contest co-sponsor, Dr. Calvin Smith. Second place went to Beth Houghton, a freshman Accounting major from Overland Park, Kansas, who received a certificate and $300.00. The third place speaker was Madison Jones, a freshman Psychology major from Joliet, who received $100 and a certificate. The contest was open to students enrolled in Public Speaking (CMN 1310) during the Spring Semester of 2013. Other finalists who competed on Tuesday evening were:
- Rachel Jamison, freshman Accounting major from Monticello
- Christian Kolb, sophomore Management major from Buxheim, Germany
The contest is sponsored by and named in honor of Dr. Calvin Smith and Dr. Floyd Merritt, who are both emeritus faculty in the Department of Communication Studies.