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UT’s semiannual McClung Public Speaking Contest will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building. The event, hosted by the School of Communication Studies, is the largest public speaking competition in the Southeast.

More than 900 UT students are currently enrolled in Communication Studies 210 Public Speaking. These students were asked to prepare informative speeches with an international focus in keeping with the university’s Ready for the World initiative. Finalists in the competition are determined based on a rigorous selection process that includes an outline review and a semifinal round.

Five finalists from Communications Studies 210 will compete for cash prizes: first place, $150; second, $100; third, $75; fourth, $50; fifth, $50.

Students who attend will be entered to win several door prizes provided by area businesses such as Magpies Bakery, McKay’s Books and CDs, and more.

For additional information, contact committee chair Sarah Huff Vassallo,


Catherine Willis (, 865-974-5013)