In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s American University Commencement speech, the “What Would a JFK Say Now?” speechwriting competition asked AU students to answer the titular question in a commencement speech of no more than 1500 words, focusing on policy for any broad world issue.
Submitted speeches were reviewed by AU professors Lenny Steinhorn, Bob Lehrman, Jeff Nussbaum and Amanda Fuchs Miller. The final 12 speeches were judged by Adam Frankel, former senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, and Desson Thomson, speechwriter for the Obama Administration and former movie critic for The Washington Post.
PunditWire would like to congratulate the winners:
- WINNER ($500) RYAN MIGEED, SOPHOMMORE, SPA/SOC DOUBLE MAJOR
- 2ND PLACE ($300) TREVOR ALFORD, MA, SOC/POLITICAL COMMUNICATION
- 3RD PLACE ($200) ALANNAH JOHNSON, SENIOR, SIS/SOC MINOR
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