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First-Year Student Wins College-Wide 2017 Public Speaking Contest

April 18, 2017

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Student Alexandros Pandazis wins college-wide speech contestAlexandros Pandazis '20 is this year's winner of the Saint Anselm College English department's Public Speaking Contest. A first-year student from Montville, N.J., Pandazi will present his award-winning speech during the Common Hour Concerts on Friday, April 28 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Dana Center for the Humanities, room 1-D.

Pandazis' speech was chosen following eight student speeches on March 16, answering the question, "What does it mean to be a citizen?" A panel of judges found Pandazis' speech the most informative and well-presented, delivering a message that was beneficial to the campus community as a whole. Recognized with Pandazis were second place winner, Sean Connor `20, of Marshfield, Mass., and third place winner, Sheila Ramirez `18, of Lawrence, Mass. Pandazis received $500 for winning first place.

Pandazis' speech examines the citizen as individual, and explains how it is essential to reevaluate the role of a citizen personally, to participate more fully in the greater community. The politics and philosophy double major emphasizes that the community is made up of individuals invested in the humanity of the whole, not just the individual.

"It is important for me to speak on this to those in my community, whether fellow students or faculty, and staff, because I believe it is a realization we all must make in order to embrace the true responsibility of citizenship: a responsibility to all of mankind," says Pandazis. "I hope that whoever listens to my speech walks away believing that their duties as a citizen extend globally, because we are all citizens of everywhere."

Before their presentations, the eight students submitted a one-page summary of their speeches to prepare the judging panel and spark its interest. Speeches were evaluated for quality of content and presentation by English professors Carmen McClish and Chani Marchiselli, and Benjamin Horton, assistant director of the Academic Resource Center.

"The theme this year, 'What does it mean to be a citizen?' felt timely given the current events in the U.S.," says McClish, the contest coordinator. "Last time the contest was held, the theme was Saint Anselm College's 125th anniversary. Next year a new theme will be chosen."

The speech contest, facilitated by the English department, is sponsored by alumna Anne Broderick Botteri '82, a former English major and co-editor of the student newspaper, Saint Anselm Crier. Botteri has pledged a yearly donation to ensure the longevity of the contest. She is currently the associate vice president for advancement, communications and donor relations at the University of Central Florida. Previously, Botteri held several positions at Saint Anselm College including manager of public relations and director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

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