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  • Congratulating the Top Three Award Winners for the 2013 Penn State University Civic Engagement Public Speaking Contest

    by Representative Glenn Thompson

    Posted on 2014-01-09

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    THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the top three award winners for the 2013 Penn State University Civic Engagement Public Speaking Contest.

    Students for the competition are nominated by their classmates in recognition of their speaking performances throughout the semester. In total, 1,500 students vie in the competition. Their speeches are what Aristotle, who wrote about rhetoric, would classify as ``deliberative,'' meaning their work is intended to spark public dialogue on matters of social or cultural importance.

    The contest is judged by representatives from Pearson, The New York Times, Penn State, and the State College community.

    For this year's competition, Amanda Hofstaedter of Chalfont, Pennsylvania, won first prize for her piece titled, ``Mandatory GMO Labeling: A Win-Win for Companies and Consumers.'' Sarah Bastian of State College, Pennsylvania, took second place for her work titled, ``Driving Down Demand: An Answer for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.'' And finally, Prithvi Nilkant of Mars, Pennsylvania, took third place for her work entitled, ``Creating a Safer Society for All.'' Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate these winners, along with all the competing students, for not only their hard work, but also for their creativity and for their passion for public engagement.


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