Ryan Struve, a junior from Ankeny, Iowa, and Jennifer Potter, a senior from Nevada, Mo., represented Iowa this year at the Interstate Oratory Competition in San Francisco, the oldest and most prestigious intercollegiate speech championship.
The persuasive speaking contest accepts two competitors from each state; Cornell was one of only three colleges nationwide sending both competitors. Struve and Potter finished in the middle of about 50 students competing.
Potter was president and Struve vice president/treasurer of the Cornell Speech Team, which posted its most successful year in the 15 that Carol Wightman, a lecturer in theatre and communications studies, has directed the team. Cornell regularly competes against several top schools including perpetual national champion Bradley University, Illinois State, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.