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Antonio de Montesinos Public Speaking Award

For a number of years now, Siena College has held the annual Antonio de Montesinos Public Speaking Award competition, which is open to all students to enter.  This an event that encourages girls to prepare and deliver a speech on a topic that they feel is important. Each year, the speech topics are linked to the College theme, which in 2018 is 'One Body, Many Parts'.

Born in the fifteenth century, Antonio de Montesinos was a Dominican friar who famously and bravely delivered a speech in December of 1511, decrying the exploitation by Spanish colonists of indigenous people in the well-established slave trade of the time. His speech eventually changed the course of history.

Siena College pays tribute to Montesinos’ bravery in speaking the Truth by naming this public speaking award after him.

This year, the Antonio de Montesinos Award will be held in the Susan Alberti Auditorium on Wednesday, 5 September at 7.00pm. The students who participate will speak to the audience on their chosen topic for a timed period of four to five minutes. After interval, they will also present an impromptu speech on a topic which will be presented to the participants on the evening. They will have a short time to prepare. 

An engraved trophy will be awarded for the best speech on the evening, as decided by our adjudicators. The runner up will receive an engraved, boxed medal.

If you would like to attend the Antonio de Montesinos Award, please click here to reserve the number or places you require.  Entry is free. A light supper will be served during the interval. Everyone is welcome!

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