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Power of persuasion

Student earns speaking title

Yasmin Wasalaam's tears were hid only by her hands clasping her face after learning she had won the Second Annual Persuasive Speaking Competition on April 25.

She immediately explained that having the courage to get in front of an audience, keep her wits, and deliver a reasoned argument never had entered her mind. Taking Communication 115 had given her the tools to get in front of an audience and judges to speak about, in her case, the need for keeping the Arts engrained into our educational system.

“When Yasmin gave her speech in class, I actually told her that she sounded and looked like she already could teach here,” said Vicki Graham, who organized the competition, which this year featured 35 competitors. “She really blew me away with the intelligence of her arguments, her rationale, the quality of evidence provided, and really, her gravitas – just her poise, confidence and demeanor.”

Wasalaam represented CCA May 9 at a citywide competition featuring four other metro community colleges: Front Range, Denver, Red Rocks, and Arapahoe. She finished third.

On campus, trophies were presented to the top three finishers. That group included Salamasina Fifita (second) and Shawana Woods (third).

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