Congratulations to our 2017 Bailey Oratorical Winners!

  • Ahn Ha '17 - 1st
  • Nitya Chagti '19 - 2nd
  • Xavier Cachon '17 - 3rd

Show Your Support for One of Juniata's Longest Standing Traditions!

The Communication Department invites all members of the Juniata community to attend the Bailey Oratorical speech contest on Tuesday, February 28, at 7:30 in the Suzanne von Liebig Theatre. This year’s finalists will be addressing the following question:

"At the heart of the liberal arts is civic engagement: How can we use the values of our liberal arts education to heal divides in our nation and world?"

These finalists will be competing for a top prize of $1,000 (in alphabetic order):

  • Xavier Cachon ’17 Sociology with Economics
  • Nitya Chagti ’19 History
  • Claire DeLaval ’17 International Politics
  • Maeve Gannon ’18 Peace and Conflict Studies and Human Ecology
  • Anh Ha ’17 Mathematical Studies and Economics
  • Anne-Marcelle Kouame ’19 International Studies
  • Vicoria Wolf ’17 Biology

The judges for the event will be: C. Michael Elavsky, Patrick Konitzer '87 and Catharine Krugh '98.

Refreshments and door prizes provided by the Communication & Media Club

Watch the 2016 Bailey Oratorical here.

Congratulations to our 2016 Bailey Oratorical 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Finishers!
  • 1st - Julia McMurry ’18 International Studies
  • 2nd - Liliane Pari Umuhoza ’19 Peace and Conflict Studies
  • 3rd - Connor Hunter-Kysor ’16 Mathematics and Global Policy Studies
Central to social change is the courage to act. What can we do to transform the way we live, learn and work to make our communities more just?
The 7 finalists for the 2016 Bailey Oratorical were:
  • Shalen Perehinec ’16 Health Communication and Psychology
  • Connor Hunter-Kysor ’16 Mathematics and Global Policy Studies
  • Xavier Cachon ’17  Sociology and Economics
  • Casey Lapham ’17  Environmental Studies
  • Caleb Madder ’17  Psychology
  • Julia McMurry ’18 International Studies
  • Liliane Pari Umuhoza ’19  Peace and Conflict Studies

Bailey Oratorical

The original Bailey Oratorical Award was established in 1910 by Letitia Fisher Bailey and the Honorable Thomas F. Bailey, who served as president judge of Huntingdon County from 1916 to 1936. The contest is named in honor of John M. Bailey, the father of Thomas Bailey, and a former Huntingdon County president judge.

The oratorical contest has a long tradition at Juniata College, as students from all areas of study can compete for the monetary prize. The original prize for the contest was $15 and $25. An enhanced endowment contribution by Judge Bailey's son-in-law Colonel Sedgley Thornbury, provides the contest's prize money. In addition, the name of the winner will be permanently inscribed on an antique loving cup presented to the college by Colonel Thornbury's son, Thomas Bailey Thornbury.