RIT students compete in public speaking contest

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Three Rochester Institute of Technology students competed Oct. 28 in the 21st annual Institute Public Speaking Contest, vying to deliver the best informative speech on topics including phishing scams, memory and news sources.

First place and $400 went to Ryan Burst, an information technology major from the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, for his speech “The Danger of Online Phishing Scams.” Scott Bureau, an advertising and public relations major from the College of Liberal Arts, won the $200 second prize with his speech on “Memory.” Kyle O’Neill, a graphic media marketing major from the E. Philip Saunders College of Business, earned the third-place prize and $100 for his speech, “News Source Variation in Our Society.”

The three finalists were selected from a pool of 40 students from across campus who competed in preliminary rounds the previous week. Each participant delivered a six-to-eight-minute informative speech on a topic of interest to the RIT community and of national or international importance.

The event was co-sponsored by RIT’s Department of Communication and the College of Liberal Arts.

For information about the public speaking contest planned for the spring quarter, visit the Department of Communication’s Web site, at www.rit.edu/communication.