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May 11, 2005
Contact: Natabhoma Marianna Mabachi, (785) 864-1086.

6 KU students cited for top honors in Linkugel Speech Competition


LAWRENCE -- Six University of Kansas undergraduates have been named winners in the annual Linkugel Speech Competition, conducted by KU's Department of Communication Studies for students in the department's basic public speaking course.

The contest, named for Wil Linkugel, professor emeritus of communication studies, took place April 25 through 27, and winners were recognized May 6 at the department's annual awards ceremony at the Adams Alumni Center. Allyn & Bacon/Longman, part of Pearson Education publishers, sponsored the event and provided $250 for the top three contest winners. Graduate teaching assistants in KU's communication studies department nominated their top students to participate. The 30 students in the competition could choose to present either an informative or a persuasive speech.


Andrew Jennings, Silver Lake freshman, won the $100 first prize for his persuasive speech titled "Methadone as a Solution to Heroin Abuse." Jacob Bluhm, Olathe junior, earned second place and $75 for his persuasive speech, "Spider-Man versus Batman." Adam Cherpitel, Overland Park sophomore, was the $50 third-place winner with his persuasive speech, "Self versus Williams."
Three students received honorable-mention citations: Veronica Castellano, Overland Park senior; Kacie Dienstbach, Littleton, Colo., sophomore; and Christy Sims, Lawrence sophomore.

Judges for the competition were Keenyn Berry, Kansas City, Mo., district sales manager for Allyn & Bacon/Longman; Amy Schmisseur, KU assistant professor of communication studies; and Gina Starnes, associate director of the KU University Career Center.

Student contest winners, their hometowns, level in school, parents (when available), high schools and prize designation are:

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Christy Sims, sophomore in communication studies; Smoky Hill High School, Aurora, Colo.; honorable mention.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Olathe
Jacob Bluhm, junior in civil engineering, son of Michael and Tammy Bluhm; Spring Hill High School; $75 second prize.

From Overland Park
Veronica Castellano, senior in biology with emphasis in cellular biology, daughter of Frank and Pat Castellano; Blue Valley Northwest High School; honorable mention.
Adam Cherpitel, sophomore in business administration, son of Dean and Brenda Cherpitel; Blue Valley North High School; $50 third prize.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Silver Lake
Andrew Jennings, freshman in political science, son of Kathy Jennings; Silver Lake Junior-Senior High School; $100 first prize.

COLORADO
From Littleton
Kacie Dienstbach, sophomore in theatre and film; Heritage High School; honorable mention.

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