The David Jones Persuasive Speech Contest is held each spring to honor the memory of David M. Jones, a past chair of the Fine & Applied Arts department who died of cancer in 2002. Any currently enrolled Parkland student who is taking, or who has taken at least one speech course at Parkland College is eligible to participate. Participating students compete for cash scholarship prizes. Contestants prepare and present a short, persuasive speech about a charitable organization of their choice.

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Submissions from 2016

Comic Relief - Red Nose Day, Kaljit Atwal

St. Jude's Childrens Hospital, Leah Griffet

Camp Kesem, Marlene D. Hughes

The Children and Nature Network, Zayd Jawad

Eastern Illinois FoodBank, Hannah King

Chrohn's and Colitis Foundation, David Max

Submissions from 2015

CURE Childhood Cancer, Courtney Arthur

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Sadie Balazi

Crisis Nursery, Rebecca Freeman

Courage Connection, McKenzie Martin

Ninos de Mexico, Eric Miller

Submissions from 2013

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Habitat for Humanity, Eric Fann

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Salt & Light, Bradley Gustafson

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Habitat for Humanity, Dustin Hoke

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Scholarship America, Matt Malec

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American Cancer Society, Emily Pawlicki

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Special Olympics, Tiege Rice

Submissions from 2012

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Africare, Dennis Grandt

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World Vision, Joseph Hackler

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Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, Katrina Harrison

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The Up Center of Champaign County, Sidney Hastings

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WaterAid, Amy VanVoorhis

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Autism Speaks, Richard Walker

Submissions from 2011

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Autism Speaks, Gabrielle Borries

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St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Cynthia Bradford

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Salt & Light, Mark Eschbach

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Autism Speaks, Shelby Greger

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Crisis Nursery, Magnolia Talavera

Submissions from 2010

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Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ava Carmien

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S.O.A.R., Damon Crider

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Makerspace Urbana - IMC, Matt Findlay

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Habitat for Humanity, Abram Garcia

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The Skin Cancer Foundation, Jordan Gifford

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Make a Wish Foundation, Candice Leka