Oratorical Contest

C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest Archive

Speeches from the 2017 Contest
    • Claire Clay, 1st place, "Social Media and Conflict: Eradicating Online Drama through Compassion and Peacemaking"
    • Eric Beachy, 2nd place, "Making Peace through Restorative Agriculture"
    • Olivia Poole, 3rd place, "Restoring Peace by Challenging White Privilege"
    • Katey Ebaugh, "Muslim People: Terrorized, not Terrorists"
  • 2016 Contest
  • >>> news release
    • Rebecca Starn, 1st place, “Peace through Female Education”
    • Angel Huerta, 2nd place, “The Epidemic of Domestic Violence” 
    • Jonah Eckert, 3rd place, “Fighting Hunger to Promote Peace”


2015 Contest
>>> news release

  • Emily Huxman, 1st place, “Reducing Global Violence against Women through Education”
    >>> Binational contest first place
  • Chay Reigle, 2nd place, “The Fourth Estate of Peacemaking”
  • Venessa Owsley, 3rd place, “Making Bluffton a Safe Space”


2014 Contest
>>> news release

  • Mary Schrag, 1st place, “Shooting Chivalry”
  • Emily Huxman, 2nd place, “Turning Swords into Ploughshares One Story at a Time”
  • Rebecca Juliana, 3rd place, “Out of the Closet, Out of a Job?"


2013 Contest
>>> news release

  • Brent Schroeder, 1st place, “Being Seated at the Table of Christ: Ritual and Disability”
  • Katie Wineland, 2nd place, “Queering Bluffton: Embracing the Other, Embracing our Own”
  • Nathan Barber, 3rd place, “Saving Afghanistan”
2012 Contest:
  • Katie Wineland, 1st place: "Speaking a True Wor(l)d: Proclamation as Peacebuilding"
    Katie also placed 2nd in the binational C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest
  • Eli Tracy, 2nd place: "Storytelling as Peacemaking: Knowing Truth and Living as if It Were So"
  • Rachel Giovarelli, 3rd place: "Finding Peace in Our Differences: Reconnecting as the Body of Christ"
  • Alexander Woodring, "Ethical Peace Persuasion: Speaking for Peace in a Fallen World"

2011 Contest:
  • Rachel Giovarelli, 1st place: "The Last Mile: Finding Peace without Ending Life."
  • Katie Wineland, 2nd place: "Criminal Injustice: Collateral Consequences and the Gospel of Reconciliation."
  • Brandi Dominique, 3rd place: "Who Said America was an Obese Country? Hunger in America."


2010 Contest:
  • Jason Frey, 1st place: "The Gospel of All Monsters: Loving the Alien Within and Without"
  • Kristen (Shelly) Matthews, 2nd place: "A Case for a Safe Space: Evaluating the Potential for a Safe Zone Program at Bluffton University"
  • Jake Short, 3rd place: "Peace Journalism: The Futility of Dualism and Sensationalism and How the Church Must Work to Restore 'The Fourth Estate'"

2009 Contest:
  • Anna Yoder, 1st place: "Enough is enough: Rethinking what it means to be a peacemaker"
  • John Mark Stratford, 2nd place: "Whose side is Isaa on?: WWJD concerning present-day Palestine-Israel"
  • Rachel Giovarelli, 3rd place: "Extending forgiveness and grace to those who harm you"

2008 Contest:
  • Anna Yoder, 1st place: "Extending the Table: The Blessing of the Stranger in Our Midst"
  • Laura Frey, 2nd place: "Breaking Down the 'Figurative Border': A Call for Renews Christian Response to Militarization of the US/Mexico Border and Racial Profiling Against Latinos"
  • Sarah Ricks, 3rd place: "Mountain High: A Critique Presentation of Go Tell It On The Mountain"