UM Students Become Last Best Speakers

April 30, 2019

The Last Best Speakers were (left to right) Travis Epperson, James Flanagan, Logan Tomlinson, Kelli Rosenquist, Claire Shady and Jansen Ziola. MISSOULA – The top six students enrolled in Introduction to Public Speaking at the University of Montana showcased their skills April 25 during the Last Best Speakers Competition on campus.

Kelli Rosenquist of Missoula was named the top speaker in the persuasive category, and Logan Tomlinson of Hamilton was the top informative speaker. They each earned $100.

The persuasive runners-up were Claire Shady of Missoula, and Jensen Ziola of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Both received $25.

The other two Last Best Speaker were Travis Epperson of Malta and James Flanagan of Worden, who also both received $25.

Participants in the 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 competition, and then six finalists speak during the Last Best Speaker Competition to earn the Last Best Speaker honor.


Contact: Betsy Wackernagel Bach, professor, UM Department of Communication Studies, 406-243-6119,