Whitman Dovell-Gose Oratory

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Satinder Haer, 2013 winner

 

Nigel Ramoz Leslie, 2011 winner

 

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Charlie Weems, 2010 Winner

 

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Andrew Stokes, 2007 Winner

 

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Beth Pearson, 2003, 2004, 2005 winner

 

Winners are listed by year.

 

2013

1. Satinder Haer, “Explanation for Love”

2. Nick Budak, “16th century Japanese Networking”

3. Emma Thompson, “Economic Sanctions”

4. Elana Simon, “VAWA Race and Gender”

5. Tia Butler, “Women in Time Piece Dramas”

6. Kyle Hendrix, “Aid to Pakistan”

7. Logan Emlet, “Healthy Forest Initiative”

8. Andy Larson, “Shale Gas”

 

2012

1. Yonah Biers-Ariel, “Aaron Burr: Worst Vice-President Ever”

2. Andy Larson, “Proportionate Representation”

3. Zach Johnston, “Oregon self-service gas”

4. Paige Joki, “Idaho anti-hate crimes legislation”

5. Charlie Weems, “Too Big to Fail Banks”

6. Adam McKibben, “Marcus Whitman Statue”

7. Logan Emlet, “Montana House and New Environmentalism”

8. Alex Zendeh, “Progressive Consumption Tax”

 

2011

1. Nigel Ramoz Leslie, “Nigel, the Next MTV Mastermind”

2. Chris Fleming, “Tupac and Biggie”

3. Nick Griffin, “The Manbearpig”

4. Tia Butler, “Death of an Automobile”

5. Logan Emlet, “Donald Trump running for President”

6. Alex Zendeh, “Random postmodern words”

7. Zach Johnston, “‘Unpretentious culture’ as Whitman’s logo”

8. Mitch Dunn, “Marijuana Legalization”

 

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2010

1. Charlie Weems, “Hanson Debate Center”

2. Daniel Straus, “Jim is doing a good job”

3. John Henry Heckendorn, “Eulogy for Nigel”

4. Nigel Ramoz Leslie, “Cows are great”

5. Nate Cohn, “Grand Strategy for the US”

6. Nick Griffin, “Zendeh is Godzilla”

7. Carly Johnson, “Bears are Dangerous”

8. Lewis Silver, “The Reelection of Jim Hanson”

 

2009

1. Lewis Silver, “Hansonland”

2. Ali Edwards, Ethical Relationship to the Kitty

3. Joel Wilson, Low Carb Diets

4. Nick Griffin, Ginger People

5. Nate Cohn, German invasion of the Soviet Union

6. Galen Phillips, The Institution of Marriage

7. Nigel Ramoz-Leslie, Reforming Parli Debate

8. Spencer Janyk, The Neo-Liberalism of Whitman

2008

1. Joel Wilson, Strict DUI Laws are Bad

2. Nate Cohn, South Re-Re-Construction

3. Gary Wang, Media coverage of NBA and Racism

4. Dave Mathews, Body Modifications

5. Sally Sorte, Online Dating

6. Chris Fleming, Paintings challenging conventions

7. Annie Hickman, Blackface, Irony, and Race

8. Amy Soderquist, Space Cults

 

2007

1. Andrew Stokes, Plessy v Ferguson

2. Eric Chalfant, Thad is Happy

3. Matt Schissler, Confessions and Whitman Students

4. Stephen Reed, Give me First

5. Ben Meiches, Circumcision

6. Jeff Wilson, Listening to Music

7. Andrew Kelly, South Park

8. Sam Allen, Male Rape

 

2006

1. Eric Suni, Parking at Whitman College

2. Matt Schissler, Bonnie and Clyde

3. Andrew Kelly, Facebook

4. Lydia Eberly, Segregated Neighborhoods

5. Jeff Buntin, Switch Side Debate

6. Sam Allen, Sam “Pwns” Ross

7. Rob Olsen, BioDiesel Project Funding

8. Kathryn Bergh, Poker

 

2005

1. Beth Pearson, "Title IX Sports"

2. Eric Suni, "School of Americas"

3. Bridget Kustin, “Dowries”

4. Scott Thompson, “US involvement in Haiti

5. Matt Schissler, “MLK, Gandhi, and Non-Violence”

6. Chris Chamness, “The Food Coop”

7. (tie) Beth Schueler, “Sexual Misconduct Policy” and Laura Hanson, “The Food Coop”

 

2004

1. Beth Pearson, "Emergency Contraception"

2. Eric Suni, "Allowing P-D-F for Distribution"

3. Patrick Carter "Christian Broadcast”

4. Mike Winnike "End Plan Columbia

5. Kim Schlesinger "US Patriot Act”

6. Beth Schueler “Materialism and Art”

7. Scott Thompson “French Secularism”

8. Dana Randall “Makah Whaling”

The rules were changed again in 2004 to have 8 top finishers in additional to multiple honorary mentions who are not listed.

2003

1. Beth Pearson, "Stop Invasive Species"

2. Eric Suni, "End PLAN Columbia"

3. Darrell Miller, "A Great Man"

4. Emily Marr, "European Queer Movements"

5. Brian Ward, "Stop the RAVE Act"

2002

TOP FIVE

1. (tie) Nicholas Thomas (problems with happiness)

2. Bridget Kustin (animal rights)

3. Denice Kelly (pro-diversity perspective needed on Whitman’s campus)

4. Joey Bennett (military’s don’t ask, don’t tell policy)

5. Emily Cordo (post-modern mergence with radical feminist approaches)

The rules were changed in 2002 so that there are five place finishers regardless of gender with additional honorable mention winners.

2001

MEN

1. (tie) Nicholas Thomas (male feminism)

1. (tie) Keola Whittaker (worthiness of videotaped oration)

3. Thad Blank (disputing performances in coalitions)

WOMEN

1. (tie) Emily Cordo (post-modern revisions of African feminism)

1. (tie) Liz Briggs (radical democracy promotion)

3. Nashaunte Pleasant (ex-con voting)

2000

MEN

1. Nicholas Thomas (feminist appropriations)

2. Thad Blank (terrorist talk)

3. Brian Simmonds (child protection act)

WOMEN

1. Denice Kelley (trans-racial adoptions)

2. Jessica Clarke (critique of "ex-gay" speaker)

3. Emily Cordo (new national feminism)

1999

MEN

1. Nicholas Thomas (Inconsistency)

1. Neil Kornze (Hookups)

3. Gary Vandenberg (Dog bites)

 

WOMEN

1. Wanjiru Kamau (African and Western Feminism)

2. Abby St. Lawrence (oral contraceptives)

3. Jessica Clarke (deconstructionism)

1998

MEN

1. Tony Torres (male contraceptives)

2. David Pietka (alcoholism)

3. Derek Banducci (moratorium on congressional action)

WOMEN

1. Jessica Clarke (responses to cultural relativism)

2. Karen Skantze (communication decency act)

3. Abby St. Lawrence (hello)

1997

MEN

1. Matt Johnson (reduce military)

2. Kristofer Peterson (heart defibulators)

3. Matt Carter

WOMEN

1. Karen Skantze (communication decency act)

1996

MEN

James Kuwahara (late-term abortions)

Steve Rowe (weapons proliferation)

Andy Backlund

WOMEN

Gina Fleck (English as the official language)

Karen Skantze (People should vote)

Erin Carlson (Feminism and the Catholic Church)

1995

MEN

Greg Schnorr (Perma-agriculture)

Kristofer Peterson

Sean Harris

WOMEN

Karen Skantze

Erin Carlson

Amanda Elegant

1994

MEN

Ryan Hagemann

Greg Schnorr

John Reed

WOMEN

Jennifer Becker

Melanie Lawler

Casie Buckner

1993

MEN

Ryan Hagemann

David Bruggerman

WOMEN

Christina Olson

Beth Anderson

Charlotte Smith (Democracy in History)

1992

MEN

Derek Buescher

David Bruggerman

Charles Teals

WOMEN

Jean Tobin

Charlotte Smith

Jennifer Becker

1991

MEN

Jason Lillis

Derek Buescher

Todd Myers

WOMEN

Charlotte Smith

Daphne Teals

Jean Tobin

1990

MEN

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2nd or 3rd John Moe

WOMEN

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1989

MEN

Drummond Kahn

Andrew Rao

WOMEN

Daphne Teals

Nancy Hilpert

1988

MEN

Erik Highberg

Drummond Kahn

Andrew Rao

WOMEN

Lanora Welker

Cara Elston

Daphne Teals

 

1987-1988 No Info

1986-1987 No Info

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1984-1985 No Info

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1982-1983 No Info

1981-1982 No Info

No information is available currently for winners for 1981-1988.

1980-1981

Larry Cock was first with a speech on gasoline rationing

John C. Bunell was second

Brady Jensen was third.

In the women’s division

Samira

Yunker was first with a speech on psychosurgery

Carolyn Snyder was second

Brenda Cameron was third.

Judges were professor of political science David Lauenbach, assistant director of admissions Madeline Eagon, and head resident David Hartfield.

1979-1980

Megan Salzman won the women’s division of the Dovell-Gose contest, April, 1980.

 

1978-1979 No Info

No information available at this time

 

1977-1978

Dovell-Gose Awards April 1978

1st Women’s: Maura Walsh, Ethics of Liberation

1st, Men’s: Doug Pauly, Breaking Isolation of Whitman College

Bill Way and Tim O’Connell tied for second in the men’s division

 

1976-1977 No Info

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1975-1976 No Info

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1974-1975 No Info

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1973-1974

Dovell-Gose Oratory Contest May 1974

Women’s Contest 1st, Chris Schultheis $40 1st, Kathy Smith $40 3rd, Cat Colson $20

Men’s Contest 1st, Rod Wing $40 1st, Rick Stevenson $40 3rd, Rick Vieth $10 3rd, Todd Hammer $10

 

1972-1973 No Info

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1971-1972 No Info

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Professor Arlington announced a new approach toward the Dovell-Gose oratory contest and said this new approach was the reason why the contest was not held in the prior year. Students were now required to present orations on a theme. The year's theme was "Orwell's 1984." It was held October 14, at 7:30pm.

 

1970-1971 No Contest Held

No Contest was held

 

1969-1970 No Info

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1968-1969 No Info

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1967-1968 No Info

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1966-1967 No Info

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1965-1966 No Info

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1964-1965 No Info

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1963-1964

Dovell- Gose Competition, 12 men and 6 women

Joyce Elder- 1st in women, Bernard Baber- 1st in men

 

1962-1963 No Info

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1961-1962 No Info

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1960-1961 No Info

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1959-1960 No Info

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1958-1959 No Info

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1957-1958 No Info

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1956-1957 No Info

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1955-1956 No Info

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1954-1955 No Info

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1953-1954 No Info

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1952-1953

The Delta Gamma Prizes Forensics—Barbara Ruth Ostgren Awarded at the 93rd Annual Commencement, May 25, 1952

 

1951-1952 No Info

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1950-1951 No Info

We believe the John Brining Extemp Contest ended about this time.

 

1949-1950 No Info

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1948-1949 No Info

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1947-1948

First Men’s Division: Oscar Seawell

No information on the woman’s winner.

 

1946-1947 No Info

No information at this time

 

1945-1946

The John Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking— Shirley Jean Hayes Henry Andrew Pappas The Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory— Ralph Emerson Breshears George Lloyd Carlton

 

1944-1945

The John Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking— Emily Elizabeth Stanton Harry Bragg

The Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory— Katherine Rena Webster Ralph Emerson Breshears

 

1943-1944

The John Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking— Barbara Jean Jones William Hammond Downey

The Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory— Robert Edmund Brooke John Wallace Laurier Bond, Jr.

 

1942-1943 No Info

No information available.

 

1941-1942

Wade Burleigh Westfall and Suella Joan Martin won the Dovell-Gose Prize in Oratory.

The John Brining Prizes in Extemporaneous Speaking were won by Irene Callen and Allan Keith Campbell.

 

1940-1941

The John Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking— Margaret Florence Ostrander, Class of 1943 Leo Forrest Richter, Class of 1943

The Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory— Edgar Malcolm Adams, Jr., Class of 1942 James Henry Baker Kennedy, Calls of 1941

 

1939-1940

The John Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking— Susan Louise Hilt, Class of 1942 Edgar Malcolm Adams, Jr., Class of 1942

The Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory— First: William Owen Pugh, Class of 1939 Second: Betty Jean Dykstra, Class of 1941

 

1938-1939

The John Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking— First: Elizabeth Clark Davis, Class of 1941 Second: Stanley Marion Jennings, Class of 1941

The Dovell-Gose Prize in Oratory— First: Ross Reid, Class of 1938 Second: Robert Otis Kenyon, Class of 1940

 

1937-1938 No Info

No information available.

 

1936-1937 No Info

No information available.

 

1935-1936

Dovell-Gose Contest: 1st—William LeRoy Firfield, '37. 2nd—George Wilmot Rogers, '35.

John Brining Freshman Extemporaneous Contest 1935 1st—ERIC HAGBERG 2nd—MARGARET SMITH

 

1934-1935

John Brining Contest First: Lukas Ernest Hoska, Jr., Class of 1936 Second: Enar Olson, Class of 1936

No information on the Dovell Gose available.

 

1933-1934

The John Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking— First: LUKAS ERNEST Hoska Jr.., Class of 1936 Second: ENAIL OLSON, Class of 1936

The Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory— First: CHARLES EUGENE HAIIGETT, Class of 1934 Second: GEOEGE WILMOT ROGEES, Class of 1935

 

1932-1933

Dovell-Gose Oratory Contest: Kenneth Davis '32, for the second consecutive year, rated above his debating colleague, Albert Garretson, also a senior. Davis used the oration that had earlier won him second place in the Pacific Coast competition at Seattle. Entitled "The Shadow," it dealt with the menace of gangster rule.

Garretson, in placing second, used an aspect of the peace problem for his subject. Third honors went to Katherine Keisling, thus giving every prize to graduating students. Several other orators competed in the preliminaries and finals.

John Brining Contest Harry Lehrer, prominent '34 debater, took the honors here, with Rachel Kester placing second. Several eliminations were necessary, since all members of public speaking classes had opportunity to enter.

 

1931-1932

Kenneth Davis, using the oration, "Thirty Billion Slaves," which won second in tile Pacific Forensic League, took the first place

Albert Garretson was runner-up with his speech on "Do We Want World Peace?"

Other competitors were Clark Emery, Ruth Blaine and Sidney Cottle.

John Brining Extemp Contest: The winners were: first, Eugene Argett; second, Wayne Donaldson,

 

1930-1931

The John Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking— First: CHARLES EUGENE HARGETT, Class of 1933 Second; WAYNE NORTON DONALDSON, Class of Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory— First: KENNETH CULP DAVIS, Class of 1931 Second: ALBERT HENRY GARRETSON, Class of 1931

 

1929-1930

The John Brining Prizes in Extemporaneous Speaking— First: PAUL LEROY BOLEY, Class of 1932 Second: HELEN FRANCES RUSSELL, Class of 1932

The William Thomas Dovell Prizes in Oratory,— First: ALBERT HENRY GARRETBON, Class of 1931 Second: CHESTER DALE BABCOCK, Class of 1929

 

1928-1929

John Brining Extemp Contest Won last year by Albert Garretson and Keith Ulaine. The contest is open to those interested in attending.

Dovell Gose: Last year lrmal Kennison and Stephen B. L. Penrose, Jr., won first and second prizes, respectively.

 

1927-1928

Dovell-Gose Oratory Contest: lrmal Kennison and Stephen B. L. Penrose, Jr., won first and second prizes, respectively

John Briing Extemp Contest: Albert Garretson and Keith Ulaine.

1927: The Dovell and Gose awards were combined into one oratory contest.

 

1926-1927

The Joins Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking— First: CARLISLE BISHOP ROBERTS, Class of 1930 Second: LOYAL ILIF PERRY, Class of 1928

The William Thomas Dovell Prizes in Oratory— Tied for First Place: CHESTER DALE BABCOCK, Class of 1929 CLARK ARNOLD ECKART, Class of 1928

 

1925-1926

The John Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking— First: ELIZABETH JANE O’BRIEN, Class of 1929 Second: EUGENE STORM KLISE, Class of 1929

The William Thomas Dovell Prizes in Oratory— First: CHARLES GORGON HANNAFORD, Class of 1926 Second: JACK GORDON GOSE, Class of 1926

 

1924-1925

The John Brining PriEes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking— First: ALFRED WILLIAM MCVAY, Class of 1927 Second: STEPHEN BEASLEY LINNARD PENROSE, Jr., Class of 1927

The William Thomas Dovell Prizes in Oratory— First: JOHN HAROLD THOMAS, Class of 1926 Second: FERN LEAH COBLE, Class of 1924

 

1923-1924

The John Brining Prices in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking— First: HARRIET FRANCES EMIGH, Class of 1926 Second: PALL VERTON REYNOLDS, Class of 1926

The William Thomas Dovell Prizes in Oratory— First: ARTHUR FREEBORN DOUGLAS, Class of 1924 Second: GAIL MILLER WILLIAMS, Class of 1924

 

1922-1923

The John Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking First: JEHNIE JEAN SECREST, Class of 1925 Second: EDWARD MACK SMITH, Class of 1925

The William Thomas Dovell Prizes in Oratory— First: OTIS HALBERT HOLMES, JR., Class of 1923 Second: REES MURRAY JONES, Class of 1922

1921-1922

The John Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking— First: NORBORNE BERKELEY, JR., Class of 1924 Second: FERN LEAN COELE, Class of 1924

The William Thomas Dovell Prices in Oratory— First: WERNER WALDEMAR BAUMEISTER, Class of 1921 Second: WINIFRED FRANCES BELL, Class of 1921

The Christopher Columbus Gose Prize in History— MALCOLM DONALDSON BRODE, Class of 1921

 

 

Previous Descriptions of the Dovell-Gose-Brining-Delta Gamma-Austin Rice-John Ackley-Chester Maxey Awards

 

1952-53 The Dovell-Gose awards are presented to the best man and woman contestants in a speaking contest. The contest is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. NOTE: No more John Brining Award The John W. Ackley Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion men’s intramural debate team. The Delta Gamma Prizes in Acting, in Creative Writing and in Forensics are awarded at Commencement to students for high achievements in these activities. The sum of $60 is divided among the recipients of these awards. The Austin Rice Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion women’s intramural debate team. Awarded at the 92rd Annual Commencement, May 27 1951

 

1951-52 The AUSTIN RICE DEBATE TROPHY is awarded to the champion women's intramural debate team. The JOHN W. ACKLEY DEBATE TROPHY is awarded to the champion men's intramural debate team. DOVELL-GOSE ORATORY CONTEST

 

1950-51 The John Brining Prizes in Extemporaneous Speaking of $12.50 each are awarded to the best man and woman speakers in a speaking contest that is open to all members of the freshman class. The Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory of $30 and $20 are awarded at Commencement to students upon the basis of a contest in oratory. The contest is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The Austin Rice Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion women's intramural debate team. The John W. Ackley Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion men's intramural debate team. The Hugh Elmer Brown Debate Trophy is awarded to the man who is adjudged to be the best intramural debater.

 

1948-49 Prizes awarded at this time The John Brining Prizes in Extemporaneous Speaking of &12.50 each are awarded to the best man and woman speakers in a speaking contest that is open to all members of the freshman class. The Delta Gamma Reading Prizes of $25, $15, and $10 are awarded at Commencement to the students who read during the year with intelligence and appreciation the largest amount of good literature, apart from their required college work. The Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory of $30 and $20 are awarded at Commencement to students upon the basis of a contest in oratory. The contest is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The Austin Rice Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion women's intramural debate team. The John W. Ackley Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion men's intramural debate team. The Hugh Elmer Brown Debate Trophy is awarded to the man who is adjudged to be the best intramural debater.

 

1947-48 Prizes awarded at this time The John Brining Prizes in Extemporaneous Speaking of &12.50 each are awarded to the best man and woman speakers in a speaking contest that is open to all members of the freshman class. The Delta Gamma Reading Prizes of $25, $15, and $10 are awarded at Commencement to the students who read during the year with intelligence and appreciation the largest amount of good literature, apart from their required college work. The Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory of $30 and $20 are awarded at Commencement to students upon the basis of a contest in oratory. The contest is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Oscar Seawell won the men’s portion of this contest. The Austin Rice Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion women's intramural debate team. The John W. Ackley Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion men's intramural debate team. The Hugh Elmer Brown Debate Trophy is awarded to the man who is adjudged to be the best intramural debater.

 

1946-47 Prizes awarded at this time The John Brining Prizes in Extemporaneous Speaking of &12.50 each are awarded to the best man and woman speakers in a speaking contest that is open to all members of the freshman class. The Delta Gamma Reading Prizes of $25, $15, and $10 are awarded at Commencement to the students who read during the year with intelligence and appreciation the largest amount of good literature, apart from their required college work. The Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory of $30 and $20 are awarded at Commencement to students upon the basis of a contest in oratory. The contest is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The Austin Rice Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion women's intramural debate team. The John W. Ackley Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion men's intramural debate team. The Hugh Elmer Brown Debate Trophy is awarded to the man who is adjudged to be the best intramural debater.

 

1935-36 DOVELL-GOSE CONTEST That the classes and the graduates continue to show interest in Whitman is proven annually during the Commencement week when the Dovell-Gose Oratorical Contest is held and two prizes, one of $25 and one of $10, are announced at Commencement. William Thomas Dovell, '88, and Christopher Columbus Gose, '86, both distinguished members of the Washington Bar Association are the donors and founders.

 

1928-29 John Brining Contest The .John Brining Extemporaneous Speaking Contest is held annually at Commencement, open to freshmen only, four boys and four girls are chosen by a series of elimination contests from the public speaking classes. The eight selected choose their subjects from a list made up by the English department, and are given three hours for the preparation of their speech's. The prizes are twenty and ten dollars.

Dovell Contest Each year prizes of thirty and twenty dollars are awarded to the winners of the William Thomas Dovell oratorical contest, open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. At a preliminary selection four participants are chosen on the basis of an oration given before three judges. From these candidates, who compete in the final contest during commencement week, the two prize winners are chosen.

 

 

Back in the 1920s and before:

THE JOHN BRINING EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING CONTEST.—Mr. John Brining of Dayton, Washington, offers two prizes, one of fifteen and one of ten dollars, to winners in a speaking contest open to members of the freshman class. The contest is held during Commencement week. Contestants receive their subjects three hours before they speak. In preparing their speeches they are not permitted to consult any person.

THE WILLIAM THOMAS DOVELL PRIZES IN ORATORY.—Alumni members of the Board of Overseers have established two prizes, one of fifty dollars and one of twenty-five dollars, in memory of the late William Thomas Dovell, a member of the class of 1888, upon the following conditions: The prizes shall be awarded upon the basis of an oratorical contest to be held during Commencement week, provided that at least four contestants participate. The contest is open to members of the sophomore, junior, and senior classes. The orations are limited to two thousand words. Contestants present their subjects to the head of the English Department for approval not later than the third Tuesday of February. If more than six contestants submit orations, they present them to the head of the English Department not later than April fifteenth for submission to a board of judges on thought and composition who select the six best orations for the Commencement contest. The Judges on thought and on delivery are selected by a committee consisting of the President of the College and the heads of the English and the History Departments.

THE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS GOSE PRIZES IN HISTORY.—Alumni members of the Board of Overseers have established two prizes, one of fifty dollars and one of twenty-five dollars, in memory of the late Christopher Columbus Gose, a member of the class of 1886, upon the following conditions: The prizes are to be awarded at Commencement on the basis of competitive essays on historical subjects. The contest is open to students who shall have completed at least four terms of History at Whitman by the Commencement of the award. Subjects for essays will be posted by the head of the History Department before March first. The selection of subjects will be made by April first and the essays handed in on or before May twentieth. The Judges will be appointed by a committee consisting of the President and the heads of the History and the English Departments. The award will be based upon thoroughness of research and originality of treatment. At least four contestants must participate. No winner of one award will be eligible to another competition.

 

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