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Killmon Wins PCC Public Speaking Contest


Caroline KillmonWINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College students speculated about the educational climate at their school 50 years from now as they competed against one another this week in a public speaking contest on campus.

Organized by instructors Greg Baldwin and Kelly Jones of the college’s Communications Department, the competition, which originated in 1994, took place in the G.H. Leslie Building April 7. Each participant was asked to speak four to five minutes on the educational climate at PCC in the year 2061, when the college will celebrate 100 years of service.

Caroline Killmon, a PCC Student Ambassador planning to major in nursing, took first place in the event. Finishing second was Corey Staton (Marketing and Retailing), followed by Pearl Highducheck (Human Services Technology), Demetrus Dixon (Associate in Arts), Shenavery Cherry (Architectural Design) and Stephen Barnes (University Transfer).

Killmon, a Winterville resident and South Central High School graduate, has a 4.0 grade point average. In addition to a $150-cash prize for winning the competition, her name will be placed on a plaque along with the names of previous public speaking contest winners.

A total of $405 was awarded to the top six speakers in this year’s contest, which was sponsored by the PCC Student Government Association and McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

Speakers were awarded points for their introductions, speech content, diction, gestures, eye contact and overall impression. Points were deducted for speeches shorter than four minutes and longer than five.

Judging this year’s competition were Greenville Mayor Pat Dunn, Winterville Mayor Doug Jackson and Jennifer Little, a member of the Pitt County Board of Education. PCC instructor Lit Woodard served as the event’s official timer.