Congratulations to our 2018 Bailey Oratorical Winners!

  • Alex Jones '20 - 1st
  • Catherine Lanigan '20 - 2nd
  • Sarah Ullom-Minnich '18 - 3rd
  • Catherine Lanigan '20 - The People's Choice

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 27, at 7:30 in the Suzanne von Liebig Theatre. This year’s finalists will be addressing the following question:

"What is your dream for the future and why?"

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

  • Alex Jones '20 - Leadership in Social Enterprise
  • Catherine Lanigan '20 - Communication, Marketing and Women and Gender Studies
  • Vy Mai '20 - Human Development
  • Ben Martin '18 - Environmental Science
  • Nate Matthews '19 - Information Technology
  • Mary-Claire Sei '18 - International Studies with French
  • Sarah Ullom-Minnich '18 - Conflict Dynamics and Transformation

The judges for the event will be: Robert McMinn, a 1979 alumnus of Juniata and former Trustee of the College, Elise Mihranian, a 2014 alumna of the College and member of the Alumni Council, and David Wessels, the Mayor of Huntingdon.

Refreshments and door prizes provided by the Communication & Media Club

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

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.