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Leonard Persuasive Speaking Contest

communication department

A persuasive speaking contest was endowed by friends and family of Father Leonard. The annual competition, sponsored by the Communication Department, is open to all Boston College undergraduates. Contestants' speeches must deal with a controversial topic and are judged on the basis of evidence, reasoning, organization, analysis and delivery.

Winners of the Leonard Public Speaking Contest include:


First: Joanne Connelly '15
Second: Jamie Liptack '15
Third: Sullivan McCormick '15


First: Madeleine Redlick '12
Second: Rachel Ryan '12
Third: Ryan Folio '12


First: Brendan Benedict '12
Second: Ryan Folio '12
Third: Madeleine Redlick '12


First: Valerie Bell '12
Second: Patrick Kessock '13
Third: Matthew Maerowitz '10