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Texas Tech Communications Students SpeakUp! while Josh Abbott sings out

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While most students at Texas Tech University use the week after Thanksgiving to wrap up final papers and begin studying for finals, eight business and communications students also are busy preparing for the final round of SpeakUp!, a public speaking competition.

Starting with 1,300 students from various sections of two classes, Public Speaking and Business & Professional Communication, 52 advance to the preliminary rounds on Dec. 3 (Monday). The final eight students chosen from the preliminaries will then move on to compete for one of three cash prizes at the final round on Dec. 4 (Tuesday).

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Allen Theatre of the Student Union, and doors will open at 5:45 p.m.

"The contest allows students to showcase their communication skills," said Joy Anderson, course director of Business & Professional Communication. "Contestants are judged on their ability to assess their audience, craft a logical, well-researched message and their ability to deliver that message."

Public Speaking students can select any topic, but Business & Professional Communication students will deliver a marketing pitch over a product or service.

Judges for the prestigious final round comprise Alex Alston, student body president, Colleen Evans of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and Texas-country singer and Texas Tech alumnus, Josh Abbott.

Additionally, audience members will get the privilege of watching Abbott perform "Victory Bells," a song about Texas Tech, at the end of the competition.

"Josh Abbott is one of our own," Anderson said. "Josh earned his bachelor's in communication studies in 2004. He began our master's program in 2006 and will graduate in December with his master's in communication studies."

SpeakUp! is free and open to the public.

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