Sophomore Honorable Mention
Literary Explorations I
This past week, my classmates engaged each other in the aggressive art of debate. Several rhetorical devices and strategies were implemented in order to sway the audience. Some were successful, while others failed. However, some aspects of delivery truly stood out to me. Those who wore an air of competency, by speaking self-assuredly and maintaining good physical appearance through posture and hand gestures, were as a whole more convincing. In addition, those who appealed to logic and emotion had generally more believable arguments. Thus, in order to create the perfect debater, I would unify the skills of the speakers who were most confident and competent in their delivery, both vocally and physically, and who effectively utilized pathos and logos.
Bellamkonda, Vimal '15, "Creating the Perfect Debater" (2012). 2012 Fall Semester. 1.