C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

Five Goshen College students presented speeches during the 2017 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. 


  • First Place Winner: Yazan Meqbil, a sophomore molecular biology/biochemistry major from Hebron, Palestine, will speak on “Beyond Occupation of Mind and Body.”
  • First Runner-Up: Noemi “Mimi” Salvador, a senior peace, justice and conflict studies major from Tena, Ecuador, will speak on “Indigenous Motherhood in Defense of Life.” Salvador was the first-place winner in the 2016 contest.
  • Second Runner-Up: Hitesh Sharma, a junior accounting major from Kathmandu, Nepal, will speak on “Locked Doors, Exploited Modesty and Stripped Autonomy: Feminism Outside the Borders of the United States.”
  • Alma Rosa Carrillo, a senior interdisciplinary (nursing, sociology, peace, justice and conflict studies) major from Mexico City, Mexico, will speak on “Quisieron Enterrarnos, Pero No Sabian Que Eramos Semillas: They Try to Bury Us, They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds. Remembering and Continuing the Fight for Justice of the 43 Missing Students From Ayotzinapa.”
  • Dona Park, a senior history and art major from Abbotsford, British Columbia, will speak on “A Perspective of a Korean Canadian Something Maybe American.” Park was the first-place winner in the 2015 contest.

Photos by Katie McKinnell ’17