Bailey Oratorical Competition


On-Demand Stream of 2015 Bailey Oratorical Competition

Bailey Oratorical Contest

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Seven Juniata College orators will compete in the hope their oratory is soaring enough to make the case that Juniata can improve upon its distinctiveness in higher education at the annual John M. and Thomas F. Bailey Oratorical Contest, to be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, in the von Liebig Theatre in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts on the Juniata campus.


Admission is free and the event is open to the public.


The oratorical contest this year takes inspiration from the question: How can we enhance Juniata's distinctiveness today and ensure its success in the future?


A preliminary competition was held Saturday, Feb. 21, to narrow the field of 30 student participants. Seven finalists are judged and will take part in the final competition.


The seven finalists are seniors Maverick Force, of Narvon, Pa., Colton Hallabuk, of Towanda, Pa., James Imbrie, of Bethel Park, Pa., Coleman Rigg, of Bellefonte, Pa., Natasha Lane, of Huntingdon, Pa.; junior Ryan Shelton, of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; and sophomore Julia McMurray, of Kensington, Md.


The oratorical contest this year takes inspiration from the question: How can we enhance Juniata's distinctiveness today and ensure its success in the future?

The judges for the preliminary competition were Emilee Spokus, a 2007 Juniata graduate and a multimedia specialist at Penn State University's main campus.; Janelle Smith, a 2011 Juniata graduate from Harrisburg, Pa., and bakery manager at Paulus orchards; and Shawn MacDonald, a 2008 Juniata graduate and sales director at HealthyWorks LLC, in Pittsburgh, Pa.


The three judges for the March 3 final will be:



The prize money for the Bailey Oratorical Contest totals $1,800. The first-place winner receives $1,000, second place receives $500, and third place receives $300.


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.