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JUD Talks

April 21st at 7:00 pm


Livestream Information:

Featuring: Rachel Bovee, Q Cole, Sofia Jeanes, Peter Lee, Nick Markham

  • JUD Talks will have a live premiere via YouTube on April 21st at 7:00 pm 
  • Immediately following the livestream there will be a Zoom Reception to announce the Winner and Audience Choice Award
  • To receive a link to the Zoom Reception please email ryan.cannister@gordon.edu, a link will also be made available in the livestream chat
  • The best speeches integrate faith and learning. See below for more specifics on content and delivery.

JUD Talks—The Adoniram Judson Gordon Memorial Speech Competition

Sponsored by Gordon College Communication Arts

This competitive event features TED-inspired student speeches designed to motivate and inspire the Gordon College community.

Contestants must develop and deliver an original 8–10 minute extemporaneous speech. The best speeches connect to the values of the Gordon College community, feature excellence in content and delivery, and include the following elements:

Attention-capturing introduction
Clear organizational structure
Presentation of a big idea
Appropriate use of emotional/logical appeals
Appropriate use of supporting materials
Connection of topic to the audience
Call to action
Memorable conclusion

Vocal energy
Vocal fluency
Eye contact
Purposeful movement
Use of visual aids
Time management

The final round will be held on Wednesday, April 14. The event will be open to the public and live-streamed on the Gordon College Facebook page. A panel of judges will determine the top three winners, who will receive cash prizes. The audience votes on a People’s Choice award.

Meet the 2019 Contestants!


Watch The Full Competition!

1st Place Winner: Aidan Conant

2nd Place Winner: Amaury Gutierrez

3rd Place Winner: Wislene Augustin

Jes Mabanglo

Mike Mckee

Robert Mech

Sarah Petrillo