The 32nd Purdue University North Central Hyde Park Forum Public Speaking Contest concluded with Warren Ziegler, of Michigan City, being named winner of the “Speak-Off” competition.
The Hyde Park Forum brings together PNC students who present short speeches on various topics of current interest. Many participants are students in PNC’s Communication 114 class.
Second place went to Kristen Wozniak of LaPorte; in third place was Amanda Rodriguez, of Chesterton; in fourth places was Tiffany Sydow, Michigan City and in fifth places was Tom Hebert, LaPorte.
The Speak-Off competitors earned individual first-place finishes in the Hyde Park Forum competition, which earned them the opportunity to compete in the Speak-Off.
Overall second place Hyde Park Forum winners were – Alexis Fontaine, LaPorte; Matthew LaBelle, Valparaiso; Val Melton, Valparaiso; Maria Elena Miller, Michigan City and Michael Wilson, LaPorte.
Overall third place Hyde Park Forum winners were – Nicole Dziadosz, Hebron; Zachary Jakubowski, Chesterton; JP Pietrowski, Mill Creek; Melissa Rieckmann, New Carlisle and Vicki Sizemore, LaPorte.
The Hyde Park Forum and Speak-Off are loosely based on London’s Hyde Park, a public gathering place for speakers who wish to state their minds. Hyde Park has gained prominence as a reference to freedom of speech and intriguing speaking.