UM Students Named as ‘Last Best’ Speakers

May 07, 2018

The students in UM’s Last Best Speaker Competition were (left to right) Greg Burns, Mikaya Terzo, Logan Robinette, Chloe Loeffelholz, Melody Hollar and Megan Gibson. MISSOULA – The top six students enrolled in Introduction to Public Speaking at the University of Montana showcased their skills May 3. Participants in the Last Best Speaker Competition, which takes place each semester, include the top informative and persuasive speakers enrolled in the course during spring semester.

The top speakers from each section engage in a preliminary completion, and then six finalists speak during the Last Best Speaker Competition to earn the honor of the “Last Best Speaker.”

The finalists were Chloe Loeffelholz of Bozeman; Megan Gibson of Livingston; Mikaya Terzo of Sacramento, California; Logan Robinette of Portland, Oregon; Melody Hollar of Camas, Washington; and Greg Burns, also from Sacramento.

Loeffelholz and Robinette earned the top speaker award in informative and persuasive speaking, respectively. The winners each received $100, and runners-up won $25.

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Contact: Betsy Wackernagel Bach, professor, UM Department of Communication Studies, 406-243-4293, betsy.bach@mso.umt.edu.