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On Feb. 24, 19 con­tes­tants vied for the oppor­tunity to compete in the final round of Hillsdale College’s Edward Everett Oratory Com­pe­tition.

“The com­pe­tition went really well and we had a great turnout,” an advisor for the speech department said. “The speeches looked pretty strong and everyone’s doing a really good job.”

This year’s final com­pe­tition includes a pre­vious Everett Oratory winner, senior T. Elliot Gaiser; two pre­vious finalists, senior Samantha Nasser and junior Andrew Dykstal; and a former runner-up, senior Trevor Anderson.

This is senior Blake Faulker’s first year finaling, as well as junior Jill Buccola’s, who was named as this year’s alternate.

College Pres­ident Larry Arnn and Michigan busi­nessman Don Tocco will both judge the final com­pe­tition Thursday, March 8, when five con­tes­tants will contend for the $3,000 grand prize.

The third judge has yet to be named by the speech department said.