Students Compete in Coker’s 2010 Speech Contest

For more information, contact Christian Stryker - 843.383.8068

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – On Wednesday, December 1, seven students competed for the title of Coker College’s 2010 Speech Contest Champion.

Each contestant had to deliver a speech that was a minimum of four and a half minutes long and a maximum of seven minutes long on any topic of their choosing. Each contestant was then judged on the length of their speech and the audience’s reaction to their topic.

This year’s contestants were Robyn Rysher, Hannah Beard, Sarah Grogan, Ryan Jones, Danielle Bush, Keyonna Spann and Matthew Zelinski.

There were a wide range of topics including teacher pay, why Coker is a great college, the dedication and compassion of human service providers, the history of Karate, reasons fitness should be part of our daily lives, preventing unwanted pregnancies and never giving into the stresses of life.

Freshman Ryan Jones was the contest champion with his speech on why teachers deserve better pay, while senior Hanna Beard placed second and junior Sarah Grogan placed third. Each winner received a cash prize sponsored by the communications section of Coker’s Literature, Language and Communication Department and Coker’s Student Services Department.


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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