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Speech contest revived after half-century hiatus

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Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



College speach contest Parker_Merrill_Finalists.jpeg
THERE ARE SIX finalists in the Parker Merrill Speech Competition this year: from left, sophomores Peter Dykeman-Bermingham, Tabitha Mueller, and Dominick Tanoh; first-year students Nia Robinson and Briana Garrett; and senior August Hutchinson. A panel of Middlebury alumni judges will pick a winner and runners-up on April 29.

MIDDLEBURY — The year was 1825. John Quincy Adams had just been sworn in as the sixth U.S. president, and the Erie Canal had just opened. And at Middlebury College, the first annual “Parker Merrill Speech Competition,” a contest designed to help undergraduates excel at public speaking, was held.

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