Emily Horak Wins Oral Advocacy Award With Speech On Organ Donation

April 27, 2017

Sophomore Emily Horak took home the Oral Advocacy Award on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017. The award was presented at the Oral Advocacy Showcase and Competition, a public speaking competition hosted by the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication. Horak, a Political Science major with a minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies presented a persuasive speech on the need for opt-out, or “presumed consent,” policies for deciding to be an organ donor.

The competition included four other undergraduate students delivering persuasive speeches, including Ilona De Heusch, Bhavya Pathak, Lisa Blitstein, and Brianna Borghi, who was named runner up with her speech on the dangers of texting and driving.

All five speakers were selected by peers in their respective COMM 1040 Public Communication classes. The winner was determined by a panel of judges that included Drs. Gelaye Debebe, Lucian Lu, and Jean Miller from the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, Dr. Christine Clapp, president of Spoken With Authority, and Dr. Liliya Karimova, a research fellow at the Wilson Center. Barry Piatt served as Chief Judge.

The event was emceed by Patrick Kane, a senior in the Elliott School of International Affairs. Katrina Pariera, Assistant Professor in the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, organized the event.