One of the high school students attends Northview High School.
The winners included:
High School Division
* Matt Jenkins -- First-place, Terre Haute North High School,
* Grant Potts -- Second-place, Terre Haute North, and
* Molly Powell -- Third-place, Northview High School;
Ivy Tech Community College Division
* Alex King -- First-place, Clinton,
* Jacob McCullough -- Second-place, Terre Haute, and
* Mikah Zehner -- Third-place, Shelburn.
First-place speakers were awarded $300, while second-place earned $200 and third-place earned $100 in the competition, sponsored by Ivy Tech and the Alpha Phi Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.
Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society focused on scholarship, leadership and service.
Its topic for research among members this year was "The Culture of Competition."
As a result of research and discussion around the topic, the society's members chose to work with the Ivy Tech communication faculty to organize the competition.
"Our students, college and high school, compete for scholarships, grades and jobs, among other things in our culture," Ivy Tech Dean of School of Liberal Arts and Sciences/Education Leslie Stultz said.
"Good communication and leadership skills will give our students a competitive edge."
Students presented at the competition in semi-final and final rounds after being nominated by their peers from speech classes at their respective schools.
Each delivered an informative speech of less than 10 minutes using visual aid.
"The students' speeches on topics from competition in schools to competition in the arts inspired the audience to think critically about the effects of competition in our culture," according to Ivy Tech Communications Instructor Toni Shields.