Six undergraduate students vied for awards in the fall 2015 public speaking contest hosted by the Program for Learning and Community Engagement at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. This was the first year for the campus-wide competition.
With the theme of “Economic Opportunity,” students tackled topics such as the gender pay gap, economic inequality, and closing the opportunity gap.
Winners included Della Baker, a freshman Criminal Justice major from Mabank, Texas, first place; Sarahi Figueroa, a freshman Biology major from Irving, Texas, second place; and Caitlyn Smith, a freshman General Studies major from Texarkana, Texas, third place. Other contestants included James Cameron a freshman Computer Science major from Texarkana, Texas; Zack Curry, a freshman Business Administration major from Buda, Texas; and Rory Costigan a freshman Mass Communication major from Richardson, Texas.
A spring 2016 public speaking contest is planned.