Chester Gibson, Ph.D. was the Chair of the Department of Mass Communications and Theatre Arts for many years. He was the guiding force behind the University of West Georgia’s nationally acclaimed debate team. Our annual contest was named in his honor and each year, the best and brightest COMM 1110 students compete for cash and prizes with their persuasive speeches.

The 2020 Gibson Public Speaking Contest

The Gibson Public Speaking Contest will be held virtually this year on November 24, 2020. The top student for each instructor will sbumit a video recording of their speech to be judged by experts in the field. On the day of the contest, virtual audience members will be able to view the speeches, learn the winners, and even vote for their favorite for the People's Choice Award. Please check back for the link to the show!

Previous Gibson Content winners:

  • Jim Martz, 2004  (Peggy Gauthier, Adviser)
  • Artisia Tinny, 2005 
  • Katherine England, 2006 
  • Cheryl Ann Frazier, 2007 
  • Jennifer Joiner, 2008 
  • Chelsie Wilson, 2009 (Bruce Daniel, Adviser)
  • Anthony Duffey 2010 (Gail Reid, Adviser)
  • Mandy Morris, 2011 (Gail Reid, Adviser)
  • Christina DeMartina, 2012 (Bruce Daniel, Adviser)
  • Daniel Garner, 2013 (Melanie Conrad, Adviser)
  • Sydney Rae West, 2014 (Gail Reid, Adviser)
  • Tim Bergquist, 2015 (Bruce Daniel, Adviser)
  • Bode Brooks, Lucas Brock, & Andrea Daniel, 2016
  • Gershom Chan, 2017 (Michael Hester Adviser)
  • Esteban Vallejo, 2018 (Misty Wilson, Adviser)
  • Jessica Friedl, 2019 (Bruce Daniel, Adviser)