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Houston Contest

Among the many gifts to Vanderbilt University from the late Franklin K. Houston, life trustee, was an endowed fund to provide prizes for public speaking.

Mr. Houston grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and took Public Speaking while he was a student at Vanderbilt.  When he became C.E.O. of the Corn Merchants Bank in New York City, he established this competition to encourage competent public speaking, as he believed that his experience at Vanderbilt had made a very real difference in his own life.

The Houston speech competition is held every semester as the CMST 1500 speech contest. Below are videos of student speeches from the Houston contest, 2009–present.

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Winners of the Frank K. Houston Public Speaking Contest

1921:
Walton Whitwell

1922:
Alfred Taylor

1923:
Leo Bearman

1924:
Nolan Carter

1925:
John Norman

1926:
Marion Tillman

1927:
David Caldwell

1928:
Joe Williams Jr.

1929:
D. Rusby Seabaugh

1930:
Charles Hudson Jr.

1931:
George Dominick

1932:
Wendell Ensor

1933:
Herbert McConnell

1934:
Henry Hart Jr.

1935:
Hugh Helm

1936:
Edward Steele

1937:
Frank Farris Jr.

1938:
Edward Harris

1939:
Robert Landis

1940:
Frank Clement

1941:
Wayne Dehoney

1942:
Walter Snell

1947:
Hardy Clark

1948:
James Kirby Jr.

1949:
George Cate Jr.

1950:
Smith Jones
James Harland Jr.

1951:
Hansel Harrison Jr.
Frances Farris
Henry Diamond

1952:
Henry Diamond
Robert Harlin
Albert Pennybacker Jr.

1953:
Carp McQueen
William Baker
Albert Pennybacker Jr.

1954:
John Ferguson
John Marshall

1955:
Johnie Bozeman
Gloria Polk

1956:
Carl Stem
Robert Gooldman

1957:
Chester Burns
Paul Michael

1958:
Joe Sills Jr.
Cynrhia Hastings

1959:
Joe Roby
James Patrick

1960:
Michael Krawcheck
Frank Boehm

1961:
Latham Sturdivant Jr.
Osborne Green Jr.

1962:
Nancy Krider
Grady Wade

1963:
Lionel Barret Jr.
Frank Woods

1964:
John Brinsfield Jr.
William Richardson

1965:
William Kelly
Charles Ivie

1966:
Charles Ivie
Thomas Graves

1967:
Thomas Graves
Lee McKnight

1968:
Douglas Bates
Richard Knapp

1969:
Elizebeth Urban
Darryl Berger

1971:
Douglas Sandage
Zachary Holmes
Doris Daughtery

1972:
James Dowden
Charles Danner
John Logan

1973:
Kenneth Sisk
Mark Houck
Anne Jeffery

1984 Spring:
Nancy Johnston
Nicholas Hansen
Michael Jabaley Jr.

Fall 1984:
Patrick Bryant
Brian Lemaster
Lawrence Taube

Spring 1985:
Katherine Peterson
Kathryn Lazenby
Kirk Manz

Fall 1985:
Tammy Lyn Veazey
Joseph Stearns Ellis
John Galen Giddings

Fall 1986:
Thomas Coleman Strawn III
Eleanor Harper Copeland
Dena Lynn Laurent

Spring 1987:
Julia Mitchell
Barry Goheen
Kimberly Weller

Fall 1987:
Heather Lynne Malogrides
Caleb Paul Stevenson Finegan
Joy Ruth St. Clair

Spring 1988:
Samuel Lloyd Shelby
Ashley Cassandra Paul
Keven T. Kroner

Fall 1988:
Todd Hennings
Andrea Kirsten Albert
Steven Patterson

Spring 1989:
Deborah Ann Maynard
Kim Held
Beth McCarthy

Fall 1989:
Jennifer Horn
Sam Feist
Charles Brickley

Spring 1990:
Lori Bean
Nina Shetty
Kim McCreery

Fall 1990:
James Davies
Joseph Gilbert
Douglas Jones
Caitlin Noe

Spring 1991:
Kimberly Royer
Holly Tomchey
Harry Baudry

Fall 1991:
Mary Antony
Jordan Bette
Jay Ballard

Spring 1992:
Emily Alson Skone
Adema Gee
Erica Davis
Susan Hayes

Fall 1992:
John Vaughty
Paige Sudderth
Sean Roach

Spring 1993:
Laura Manning
Anna Glass
Jennifer Mantey

Fall 1993:
Catherine Feretti
Traci Dunn

Spring 1994:
Michele Creech
Melinda Lewis
Steve Barnes

Fall 1994:
Connie Flood
Erika Grote
Greer Redden

Spring 1995:
John Esterhay
Amanda Albright
Elissa A. Rivas

Fall 1995:
Ilona Kewychyj
Michael Bruno
Ingrid Schuster

Spring 1996:
Kale Ness
Tysha Stephens
Jennie Lukens

Fall 1996:
Whitney Barker
Steven Decaluwe
Christopher Sadowski

Spring 1997:
Jennifer Young
Carolyn Stewart
Todd Richardson

Fall 1997:
Marcia Larson
Robert Wehmeyer
Daniel Shay

Spring 1998:
Zachary Jackson
Georgia Cole
David Koloski

Fall 1998:
Bryan Kelly
Shawna Rasul
Nathaniel Morrow

Spring 1999:
Amy Dassler
Stephanie Patterson
Megan Guernsey

Fall 1999:
Phil Zimmerman
Leslie Kennerly
Rebecca Templeton

Spring 2000:
Kao-Ping Chua
Stephanie Keiber
Maggie Arvelund

Fall 2000:
Stephanie Kate Sweeten
Katherine Garrety
Julia Ellis

Spring 2001:
Katy Clabo
Heather Souder
Jonathan O’Toole

Fall 2001:
Kimberly Erin Olvey
Katie Betzwieser
Matthew Syzmanski
Stephanie Trautwen

Spring 2002:
Conrad G. Lucas II
Sam Jones
Kendal Van Wagner
Bruce Hawkins

Fall 2002:
Skylar King
Tyler Simpson
Auston Heim
Erin Guy

Spring 2003:
Brooks Ching
Erin Steinbruchel
Jonathan Ida
Jon Scruggs

Fall 2003:
Jamie D. Frazier
Michael Wilt
Megan Daniel

Spring 2004:
Drake McCrary
Katherine Lannom
Marvin Figueroa
Elizabeth Davis

Fall 2004:
Abigail Martin
Aden Johnson
Joseph Zakierski

Spring 2005:
Rob Weller
Matthew White
Danielle DiBenedetto

Fall 2005:
Edward O’Neal
Mallory McGill
Abigail Collier

Spring 2006:
Sarah Sharp
Carlie Gotlieb
Samantha Martin

Fall 2006:
Roy Stone
Martha Legg
Laura Raba

Spring 2007:
Glenn Thomas Rideou
Kathryn Levene
Devin Lyon
Mary Hollis

Fall 2007:
Matthew Orton
Andrew Schlanger
Dafna Bareket

Spring 2008:
Benjamin Popper
Lindsay Wuller
Ashley Williamson

Fall 2008:
Brad Lawrence
Lauren Kinzer
Tyler Sanchez

Spring 2009:
Catherine Wearn
Brant Bonetti
Marshall Kerns

Fall 2009:
Nicholas Brown
Brian Donelan
Lindsey Elkin

Spring 2010:
Matt Moore
Brittney Johnson
Cheng Yu

Fall 2010:
Shana Lowenthal
Jenny Gildner
Greg McMillin

Spring 2011:
Allison Deissler
Leigh Ware
John Rice

Fall 2011:
Hannah Sills
Zachary Goldman
Michelle Weinman
Ben Hareza

Spring 2012:
Arjun Pillai
Errol Norman
Wade Longmire

Fall 2012:
Marc Rosen
Samuel Adkisson
Elliot Scher

Spring 2013:
Michael Olson
Jeremy Bolin
Michael Zoorob

Fall 2013:
Jesse Golomb
Jonathan Meneses
Monica Peacock

Spring 2014:
Rebecca Lauer
Peter Lin
James Cribbs

Fall 2014:
Darby Hobbs
Alex Swanson
Hana Crandall

Spring 2015:
Rebecca Chandler
Apurva Kunte
Jordan Klein

Fall 2016:
Jonathon Segal
Eve Moll
Miguel Moravec

Spring 2017:
Claire Barnett
Matthew Austin
Max Schneider