Finals in Lincoln Oratorical Contest Jan. 19

Truman’s National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC) will host the final round of the Lincoln Oratorical Contest at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Student Union Building, Georgian Room A.

The three finalists, Megan Hoffman, Samantha Pernicka and Chris Schneider, where chosen from a field of roughly 20 contestants by Barry Poyner, professor of communication and adviser for NCASC.

Members of NCASC will assist in determining the first, second and third places, awarded $200, $100 and $50 respectively. Prize money is provided by the Schwengel Lincoln Fund.

This year’s contest continues a year-long celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Students were given the following prompt: In honor of his 200th birthday, remember and honor Lincoln’s love for story-telling. Imagine being among those at the Soldiers’ Home who had the unique opportunity of swapping a story with their President, “Honest Abe,” or being someone skewered politically by young Lincoln if they campaigned against him in Illinois. Explore the unkempt, irreverent frontier Lincoln, a speaker who could engage any audience through homespun humor. Creatively tell a 4-5 minute story, real or imaginary, on any subject, but have a clear point to the story.

Following the contest, students majoring or minoring in communication are invited to an open meeting of the NCASC.

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