06 January 2016 - BMB MAJOR MIA SIEVERS TAKES TOP PRIZE IN PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST
The top six students of public speaking at Penn State University competed in the Final Round of the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences Fall 2015 Civic Engagement Public Speaking Contest on Monday, December 7th. The CAS Department teaches more than 70 29-student sections of public speaking each semester, and each section nominates a classmate to compete in the Contest Quarterfinals. The top ten speakers advanced to Semifinals, and the top six speakers competed Monday in front of a record-breaking audience of around 200 students, staff, families, and community members. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major Mia Sievers (instructor: Taylor Lake) won first prize at the Contest. The sophomore’s speech on antibiotic resistant bacteria greatly impressed guest judges Brad Serber (Department of CAS), Brady Clemens (Schlow Center Region Library), and Jeff Goldman (Pearson Learning Solutions). These students represented the top six speakers out of over 2,000 students enrolled in public speaking this semester, and their accomplishments are worthy of highest praise.