Pellissippi State event showcases student speeches

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Kevin Slimp
Kevin Slimp

Pellissippi State Community College will give students the chance to shine during the third annual Student Speech Showcase on March 29. The showcase will also feature international public speaker Kevin Slimp as the keynote.

The Student Speech Showcase will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and open to the community.

Student speakers will deliver speeches either in the informative or persuasive style, and each speech will be between five and eight minutes long. Ashley Miller will speak on “The Giant in the Moon,” Dianne Miller on “Pick Your Own Destination” and Debi Wetherington on “The Significance of the Native American Staff.”

Slimp will speak on the topic “The Power of the Spoken Word.” Slimp, a native of Knoxville, is a popular speaker on the topic of communication on the international stage, and is the author of the well-known syndicated column “The Good Folks of Lennox Valley.” Slimp is perhaps best known for his work in developing the PDF printing method, the default format for most printing and file transmission today.

The Student Speech Showcase is sponsored by the Speech Communication program.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability for this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or

Download this press release: Student Speech Showcase 2016