Anita Williams Peck Public Speaking Competition

The Anita Williams Peck Public Speaking Competition, established through a partnership between the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. and Kingston High School with a charitable gift from Anita Williams Peck, recognizes and encourages strong oral communication skills by high school students. Peck serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. The students that compete are selected by KHS faculty members.

Kingston High School students will compete for $4,500 in scholarship awards for the best public speaking presentations. Students present five-minute speeches on a current event of their choice before a panel of noted judges.

Anita Peck, long time proprietor of Williams Lake and current secretary of the Ulster Community College Foundation Board is also an alumna of Kingston High School and served for many years on the Rondout Valley Board of Education. This program recognizes and encourages strong oral communication skills by high school students.

2014 Competition

Thursday, June 12, 2014 
7:00 p.m. 
College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall

Read about the 2013 winners here.


Previous Winners


 2013 Winners

Harriet Lindeman - First place winner of The Stentorian award

Maegan Nielson - Second place, winner of the Top Lecturer award

 

2012 Winners

Cody James Naccarato - First Place winner of The Stentorian Award and a $3,500 scholarship for “Internet Piracy”

Ricki Jeanne Maggiore - Second place, receiving The Top Lecturer Award and a $1,500 scholarship for "Cheerleading as a Sport"

2012 Anita Peck Public Speaking contest winners

Winners of the June 7, 2012 competition held at SUNY Ulster (l to r:) Ward Todd, President, Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce; Linda Still, Kingston High School English Faculty; Anita Williams Peck; First Place receiving The Stentorian Award and a $3,500 scholarship:  Cody James Naccarato- “Internet Piracy”; Second place receiving The Top Lecturer Award and a $1,500 scholarship: Ricki Jeanne Maggiore- "Cheerleading as a Sport"; Mary Tarcza, Professor of Communications; John Moriarty, Kingston High School Public Speaking Faculty Member (ret’d); and Rachael A. Scorca, Kingston High School English Faculty.

 

2011 Winners

Sarah Jean Connor - First Place winner of The Stentorian Award and a $3,500 scholarship for "Wikileaks and America's Most Wanted Man?"

James (Jimmy) DeCicco - Second place, receiving The Top Lecturer Award and a $1,500 scholarship for "Steroids and Sports- Not the Winning Combination"

   2011 Anita Williams Peck Competition

Pictured above are (l to r:) Anita Williams Peck, James (Jimmy) DeCicco- Second place, Sarah Jean Connor- First Place, Linda Still and Rachael A. Scorca- Kingston High School English Faculty, and Donald C. Katt, SUNY Ulster President.

 

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