JACKSON, Tenn. – May 21, 2013 – Grace Morriss, a junior engineering major from Flower Mound, Texas, won the 2013 Union University Joseph H. Eaton Speech and Oratory Contest May 2.
Morriss’ speech, entitled “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Screening,” beat out nine other speeches. Courtney Brown placed second with “The Dangers of Barbie” and Leeana Cargile placed third with “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”
The contest, offered by the communication arts department, is in its third year after a lay-off of more than 60 years. Eaton served as president of Union University at Murfreesboro in the 1800s.
Union English professors John Netland and Gavin Richardson and Jesse Dahms, president of the freshman class, served as judges for the event.
The other speakers who qualified for the contest were Bailey Bell, Alexis Bradley, Taylor Hare, Hannah King, Stefanie King, Cambrea Poteet and Zoe Sudbury.