Elevator Speech Competition 2016

by Dr. Mauri Pelto

Nichols College held its fourth annual Elevator Speech competition on March 31, 2016. In this case, an elevator speech is a one-minute pitch about you and your best qualities and skills that set you apart from the crowd. The name originates from the concept that a speech should be delivered in the time it takes for an elevator ride, which is generally 30 seconds to a minute. Nichols Elevator Speech Competition consists of a panel of judges that comment and rate contestants’ performances after the speech is delivered. Each contestant is rated on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the worst and 10 being the best. Also, if one goes over the time limit of one minute, points are deducted, so contestants must practice!

The event was organized by Professor Luanne Westerling and Tori Wolter ’18 and provided an exceptional opportunity for skill development, personal challenge, and leadership. Special thanks to the judges: President Engelkemeyer, Kim McCarthy, Mackenzie Walsh and Patrick Holland. Three of the top speeches were replayed in the Green Screen Studio with some backstory added by each. It is clear that they all took pride in the achievement and that the competition forced them to reach a level of oral communication that was beyond their expectation. The competition this year had over 40 participants which led to a preliminary round to reduce the finalists to 25 students. The faculty who have the students in class were excited to find out that several of their favorites had made the finals; see Diane Bemis and Mary Robbins.











  • The Marsh & McLennan First Place Award – $500 – Ariff McLaren, Class of 2019
  • The Fischer Institute Second Place Award – $400 – Jimmy Phillip, Class of 2018
  • The Unibank Third Place Award – $300 – Zachary Pina, Class of 2019
  • Honorable Mention – $100 – Kaitlyn Baron, Class of 2019
  • Judges Choice – $100 – TJ Roche, Class of 2019

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