Showcase Information

The Winter 2014 Donald C. Sloan Speech Showcase is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the Pardoe Theatre, HFAC.

2014 recipient of the BYU Donald C. Sloan Community Speaker Award is Al Carraway:


Al Carraway, who called herself  ’the tattooed Mormon,’ has broken the stereotypical mold of sharing the gospel by reaching out across the Internet through videos, tweets, Facebook and  her blog, as well as through her numerous speaking engagements about her experiences.

Al was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over four years ago after two Mormon missionaries met her in New York. She willingly shares her conversion story with many through speaking engagements and online technology.

Carraway is know for her upbeat messages that inspire thousands in person and online.  Through her experiences she discovered that there is “opposition in all things” (2 Nephi 2:11). She lost friends, started having problems with her family, and even struggled with members in the Church that judged her because of her tattoos. Still, she pressed forward knowing that “the Lord seeth not as man seeth for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (Samuel 16:7)

Carraway’s influence on the youth and adults in our community, and beyond, is inspiring. Her use of modern technology connects her to a wide and diverse audience with whom she willingly shares her testimony. Her example of reaching out with her voice to the world makes her a perfect recipient for the annual BYU Sloan Speech Community Speaker Award.  Carraway follows instinctively what President Hinckley admonished all BYU students to do, “You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is in you must be spread to others. … But in this world so filled with problems, so constantly threatened by dark and evil challenges, you can and must rise above mediocrity, above indifference. You can become involved and speak with a strong voice for that which is right…. .you cannot simply … let the world drift along its aimless way. It needs your strength, your courage, your voice in speaking up for those values that can save it… find expression to improve the family, the community, the nation, even the world of which you will be a part.”  (Hinckley 1996 BYU Devotional Address).

We look forward to having Al Carraway as our guest at the Winter 2014 Donald C. Sloan Speech Showcase!

History and purpose of the Donald Sloan Speech Showcase

The BYU Donald C. Sloan Extemporaneous Speaking Contest began in 1955.  Shortly before his passing in 1969, Brother Sloan established an endowment fund for the speech contest.  He believed it was important to develop strong speaking skills among the young Latter-day Saints at BYU.  In 1992 the contest was changed to a showcase.  Today it highlights a winner from each speech class in a semi-finals and final event. At the showcase student finalists display their talents in speaking.  They choose from a variety of speech genres, including persuasion, informative, and tribute speaking. Speech students are from different majors across campus and from different states or countries. We congratulate our semi-finalist and finalists for their development of excellence in speech performance.

Fall 2013 Showcase Finalist: 

Ellen Huish, Aaron Butler, Hayden Carter, Christopher Bailey, Tanner Johnston, Sarah Nielsen, and Jeff Parry

Fall 2013 Showcase Semi-finalist:

Taylor Brook, Landon Langford, Shane Gurley, Devin Johnson, Porter Ellet, Nathan Packer Jones, Jennifer Ormsby, Joshua Carter, and Bailie Jae Hicken

We gratefully acknowledge the Donald C. Sloan Endowment (1969) the J. LaVar Bateman Endowment (2005) and the Marie Clegg Jones Endowment (2006) which help perpetuate the speaking activities of those enrolled in TMA Public Speaking courses. Each finalist will receive a $200 award for his or her speaking talent; semi-finalist will receive $75.

A special dinner will be hosted for the donors, finalists, semi-finalists, faculty, and special guests before the showcase.  Invitations will be sent to those invited to attend.

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