Queen's University

from left to right -Jeff Mcgilton, Julia Witmer, Fenny Wang, Mark Asfar.  Other Winners not shown - Damien Macedo, Alexandra Sadokierski, Brandon Swann

75th Annual

Guidelines for Competitors (2016)

Deadline to register is Wednesday November 9!!

Competition - Saturday, November 12

$2850 total worth of prizes!

To register, email the following with your name, program, phone number and email: public.speaking@queensu.ca

Thank you to everyone who competed in this competition!
Congratulations to all the Winners!

First Place: Mark Asfar
First Runner-Up: Jeff Mcgilton
Second Runner-Up: Fenny Wang
Honourable Mentions: Brandon Swann, Damien Macedo, Alexandra Sadokierski, Julia Witmer


Andrew McCulloch (BA 1871, MA 1874) died at Thorold, Ontario in 1929. In his will, he bequeathed to Queen's University a number of valuable securities. He directed that the income from these securities be used, in perpetuity, to fund three awards, each to honour one of his three daughters. The Andrina McCulloch Award was first given in 1941 and is still presented annually for the promotion and encouragement of public speaking at Queen's.


All Queen's students are eligible to enter. To register, please send an email with your name, contact information, and your faculty/department to public.speaking@queensu.ca

Registration is limited. Once registration is full, additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list in order of their applications.

Preliminary Rounds

The preliminary rounds will take place at Theological Hall on Saturday, November 12th from 1-5 PM. The preliminaries will begin in Theo 102, then move into break out rooms.

Final Round

Six finalists, whose names will be announced at the completion of the preliminaries, will compete in the finals at Theological Hall in Room 102 on November 12th at 7 PM. All finalists will be given a minimum of $200.


Grand Prize $1000 - Mark Asfar
First Runner Up $750 - Jeffery Mcgilton
Second Runner Up $500 - Fenny Wang
Remaining finalists $200 -Alexandra Sadokierski, Julia Witmer, Brandon Swann, Damien Macedo

Structure of the Competition

Each competitor will present the compulsory speech. Then there will be a brief break. After the break, the order of competitors will be created randomly. In this new sequence, each competitor will present their original speech (prepared or impromptu).

Withdrawal Any student who withdraws on the day of the competition or who does not show up will be disqualified from competing for one year.
To withdraw, please email competition organizers at public.speaking@queensu.ca


The Andrina McCulloch Competition welcomes public attendance. Competitors are therefore encouraged to invite family and friends to hear them speak.

Compulsory Speech

The compulsory speech will be the same for the preliminary and final rounds.

Click here to view the compulsory speech

Compulsory Speech Rules

Original Speech

The original speech categories are:

Prepared - An original speech on a topic, chosen, prepared and delivered by the competitor, which may be informative or persuasive in style.

Prepared Speech Rules

Duration: five to seven minutes

Impromptu - An original speech on a topic selected blindly by the competitor from topics presented by a subcommittee member.

Impromptu Speech Rules

Preparation Time: five minutes maximum
Duration: three to five minutes

Scoring Details

Each presentation will be assessed by a panel of three judges. A competitor's score will be a weighted average of the three judges' marks. The highest and lowest marks will be assigned a weight of one-quarter, the middle mark a weight of one-half. For each panel, the mean of the weighted scores for all competitors judged by that panel will be calculated. A competitor's final score will be expressed as a percentage of the mean weighted score of their panel. In each competition, a competitor's total score will be the sum of the weighted scores of the original presentation and the compulsory presentation. The original speech will be weighted two-thirds, the compulsory one-third.

The finalists will be the top-scoring competitors from each panel in the preliminaries and, depending on the number of panels, the next highest-scoring competitors to a total of six. Ties will be broken by a comparison of the compulsory presentations.

Scores will be confidential and final. Judges will be available, however, for informal discussion with interested participants following each evening's sessions.


For clarification or further information, please contact public.speaking@queensu.ca