Aidan Conant ’20 (1st Place Winner)
Communication Arts, Spanish | East Kingston, NH
“The Cellular Effect”
Cellphones are very useful tools, yet they have become something that pulls us away from the world around us. Whether it be during chapel or in the classroom, the effects are evident and I’ve recognized that we, as the body of Christ, need to make a difference.
Amaury Bryan Gutierrez ’22 (2nd Place Winner)
Biblical Studies | Garfield, NJ
Curiosity in the modern age is dying. It seems to me that we are no longer interested in knowledge and have become blind to its beauty. However, there is beauty in knowledge, and we can seize it by asking one question: Why?
Wislene Augustin ’19 (3rd Place Winner)
Christian Ministries & Psychology with Juvenile Justice Concentration | Everett, MA
“Him & Hymns”
There is meaning behind every song, every melody, every note. In uncovering some of the composed pieces by A.J. Gordon, I’ve discovered new melodies inside of me.
Jes Mabanglo ’20 (Finalist)
Communication Arts | Burien, WA and Centreville, VA
“Compassion: Finding Yourself in the Other”
I want to change our approach to our enemies, especially to other Christians. We show compassion to those unlike us—strangers, the poor, the suffering—but when it comes to showing compassion toward other Christians, we fail and fail again. True compassion starts when we see ourselves in others—when we humble ourselves as broken people, all in need of God’s grace.
Mike McKee ’22 (Finalist)
Biochemistry (Pre-Med) | Highlands Ranch, CO
“Let’s Have an Argument”
You are at dinner, and your friend says something that is political. Not just political, but polarizing. How do you respond? Should you? In this speech, I will prove that not only is it important to engage in proper argument, but it is only through argument that we engage in new ideas, expose our theories to critical analysis, and ultimately contribute to Gordon’s marketplace of ideas.
Robert Mech ’19 (Finalist)
Physics | Woburn, MA
“The Improvisational Mindset”
My speech is an exploration of the various ways an improvisational approach can be broadly applied to improve our experience of the world, and to help us be more effective in our various roles in life.
BONUS SPEECH - Sarah Petrillo '20 (2018 JUD Talks Winner)