JACKSON, Tenn. – May 6, 2011 – Emily Welborn, a junior social work major from Harrisburg, Ill., won the Union University Joseph H. Eaton Speech and Oratory Contest April 28 in the W.D. Powell Theater.
Welborn’s speech, entitled “Mentoring,” beat out six other speeches. Jessica Haas placed second with “Don’t Waste Your Sorrows,” and Jana Whiteside placed third with “My Best Friend.”
The contest, offered by Union’s communication arts department, was restarted this year after more than 60 years. Eaton served as president of Union University at Murfreesboro, Tenn., in the 1800s.
Judges for the event were Ray Van Neste, associate professor of biblical studies; Greg Ryan, visiting assistant professor of political science; Micah Roeder, former Student Government Association president; Doretha Blair, of the Day Break Toastmaster Club; and Web Drake, associate professor of communication arts.
Other speakers who qualified for the event were Ali Holcomb, Kristen Wilson, Caroline McConnell and Leah Locke.