Skip to main content

FSW Hosts 4th Annual Public Speaking Competition “The Battle of the Buccaneers”

March 25, 2024 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Florida SouthWestern State College is thrilled to announce the return of its annual public speaking showcase, The Battle of the Buccaneers, will take place Tuesday, Apr. 9, 3 p.m. in the Rush Auditorium. This exciting competition, now in its fourth year, continues to highlight the exceptional talent and hard work of FSW students in mastering the art of oration.

“We are excited to feature The Battle of the Bucs at our annual Spring Research Expo this year, where they will wrap up our first day of events.” said Wendy Chase, Ph.D., Director, Honors Scholar Program & Center Undergrad Research & Creativity. “The Battle of the Bucs has always been one of the liveliest and most anticipated student events of the year, and it is high time we showcased our students’ public speaking skills alongside the research and creative projects.”

This year’s esteemed panel of judges includes FSW English Professor Jeremy Pilarski, Incubate Debate Coordinator Yurit Santos, and special guest J. Webb Horton, ESPN Announcer and Assistant Director of Community Based Admissions, FGCU.

The competition adopts an “American Idol Style” feedback approach, with judges providing valuable insights to each speaker post-presentation. Winners will be chosen for the first, second, and third places, with prizes of $200, $100, and $50, respectively.

In addition to the competition, the event seeks to engage the broader community by allowing the audience to vote for their favorite speaker, who will receive a special gift card. Attendees will also have the chance to win door prizes, including more gift cards, and enjoy complimentary refreshments like pizza and drinks.

Join us for an afternoon of compelling speeches, insightful feedback, and community spirit. For more information, please contact Jamie Votraw at 239-489-9448.

‹‹ Previous Post
Accelerate Your Career: 30+ Free Career Programs for SWFL
All Posts Next Post ››
🗓️ Upcoming SFWMD Public Meetings