Debate Society’s Digital Advocacy Competition Honors Top Students

Congratulations to Maddison Fiorello, Steven Daniszewski, Emmie White, and Spencer Burns for placing among the top speakers at the 2021 Digital Advocacy Competition hosted by the Department of Communication’s Brockport Debate Society.

Throughout the fall 2021 semester, the Department of Communication’s Brockport Debate Society hosted its annual Digital Advocacy Competition. Students from across campus showcased their public speaking, research, and deliberation skills as they offered up solutions to important social and political issues facing society. After a preliminary round, the top student advocates were invited to submit video speeches identifying the most pressing issue facing society in the next 10 years. And the results from the final round of competition are in…

  1. First Place goes to Maddison Fiorello for their speech on the dangers and risks of social media use. Maddison will receive a $200 gift card.
  2. Second Place goes to Steven Daniszewski for their speech on climate change and biodiversity loss. Steven will receive a $150 gift card.
  3. Third Place is a two-way tie between Emmie White and Spencer Burns. Emmie and Spencer will split the third-place award and receive $50 gift cards.

Congratulations to the winners! And thank you to all who participated as well as the faculty members who judged. If interested in participating, the Advocacy Competition will return next fall semester. Look for emails early on in September 2022.

The Advocacy Competition is an event hosted and sponsored by the Brockport Debate Society, a student-led organization committed to improving students’ public speaking, research, and deliberation skills. If interested in joining, please contact the club president mgeis2@brockport.edu or club faculty advisor csthomas@brockport.edu.

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