Students compete in NIC speech contest

Five North Idaho College students out of the 600 students taking speech class this fall semester earned cash prizes in the Communication, Fine Arts, and Humanities Division’s speech contest held on NIC’s campus Friday, Dec. 14.

Out of the 600 students, 28 students were selected from each speech class to compete (one from each class). The 28 students were first judged by other Communication 101 students with five finalists selected to move onto the final round, which was judged by Communication instructors along with guest judges NIC Vice President of Community Relations and Marketing Mark Browning and Gonzaga Assistant Dean of Admission Joan Sarles. Monetary prizes were donated by McGraw Hill Publisher.

1st Place - $150; Elliny Hiebert, of Coeur d’Alene, for “Pay for Your Future:” Money spent on college and making good choices.

2nd Place - $125; Marcos Lavrador, of Post Falls, for “A Failed War:” Legalize drug use under government regulations.

3rd Place - $100; Amy Musch, of Post Falls, for “Where’s the Beets?:” Pros of growing your own garden for good health.

4th Place - $75; Paige Momerak, of Coeur d’Alene, for “Beware, Be Aware:” Being alert in your environment for safety.

5th Place - $50; Ann Michelle Ciampini, of Fort Bragg, Calif., for “Crash Course to go Gluten Free.”


The top five winners in the NIC Communication Speech contest are, from left: Elliny Hiebert (first place), Marcos Lavrador (second place), Amy Musch (third place), Paige Momerak (fourth place), and Ann Michelle Ciampini (fifth place).


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Posted: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

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