Students Compete for $10K in Annual Speech ContestStudents Put Their Best Two Minute Speech to the Test for $5,000

In honor of former Utah Congressman Wayne Owens’s public speaking skills, the Hinckley Institute of Politics and ASUU are proud to host their second annual speech contest, HIP Talks.

These campus-wide events are open to all U students who want to contribute their powerful words to the U’s legacy. Registration and attendance are free, so students only need to come prepared with their speech.

Last year the final round of the speeches boasted over 200 in attendance.

All speeches will be two minutes in length, and topics are open to student choice. Last years’ topics varied from emotional stories of sexual assault and losing a family member to cancer to the lighthearted subjects of alien abductions and the trials and tribulations of business casual dress.

Students will receive a free T-shirt upon registration.

Judges will select a winner for each category below:

$5,000 Grand Prize Winner
$1,000 each for the:
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Audience Favorite

Qualifying Rounds:
April 11  Blackbox Theatre (SAEC) 12:30-3:30 p.m.
April 13  Heritage Center (2AB) 5:30-8:30 p.m.
April 19  Hinckley Caucus Room (OSH 255) 12-3 p.m.

April 20  Moot Courtroom, 6th Floor (S.J. Quinney College of Law, new building) 5 p.m.


Media Contacts

Molly WheelerCoordinator, Administrative PR, Hinckley Institute of Politics
Office: 801-581-8501

Anna Solomon EdelmanCoordinator, Administrative PR, Hinckley Institute of Politics
Office: 801-581-8501

Kelly LasherCommunications, University of Utah
Mobile: 208-954-3096