College students to speak on themes of peace during annual contest

Event: Goshen College C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest
Date and time: Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.
Location: Goshen College Umble Center
Free and open to the public

GOSHEN, Ind. – Six Goshen College students will be exploring themes of peace as they participate in the college’s annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest. The contest, to be held in the Goshen College Umble Center on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., gives students the opportunity to get involved in a peace cause as they each deliver an eight- to 10-minute extemporaneous speech.

Fifth-year senior Sae Jin Lee’s speech is titled “Rethinking SST: Beyond a three-months-long requirement to a life-long commitment of intercultural intentionality.” Lee is a Bible and religion and art double major from Elkhart, Ind.

Sophomore Madi Ouedraogo’s speech is titled “TESOL.” He is a TESOL major from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Sophomore Jeffery Moore’s speech is titled “The games we play: How labeling leads to violence.” He is a Bible and religion major from Ashland, Ohio.

Sophomore Karina Rohrer-Meck’s speech is titled “Everyday justice in your hands” and will focus on driver safety. She is a nursing major from Archbold, Ohio.

Sophomore Jair Hernandez’s speech is titled “Migrant farm workers.” He is a public relations major from Goshen.

Junior Michael Fecher’s speech is titled “The national anthem and the Anabaptist vision.” He is a molecular biology/ biochemistry and Bible and religion double major from Goshen.

A panel of students, faculty and community leaders will judge the speakers on originality, integration of topic and peace position and general standards of delivery.

The winner of the contest will win $500, plus a chance to enter the Mennonite Central Committee C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest. The second place winner will receive a $250 prize.

The trust of C. Henry Smith, a Mennonite historian and professor at Goshen and Bluffton (Ohio) colleges, funds the contest, which has been part of Goshen College’s history since the early 1900s.

– By Alysha Landis

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Goshen College, established in 1894, is a residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S.News & World Report‘s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit