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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:

2014

First: Emily Lynch
Second: Ibrahim Velutini
Third: William Langs

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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