Watch the 2017 Bailey Oratorical here.
Congratulations to our 2017 Bailey Oratorical 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Finishers!
- 1st - Ahn Ha '17 - Mathematical Studies and Economics
- 2nd - Nitya Chagti '19 - History
- 3rd - Xavier Cachon '17 - Sociology with Economics
"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?"
The 7 finalists for the 2017 Bailey Oratorical were:
- 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 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.