Show Your Support for One of Juniata's Longest Standing Traditions!

The Communication Department invites all members of the Juniata community to attend the Bailey Oratorical speech contest on Tuesday, March 5, at 7:30 in Alumni Hall, Brumbaugh Academic Center. This year’s finalists will be addressing the following question:

"This I believe... How can your core beliefs shape our future?"

These finalists will be competing for a top prize of $1,000 (in alphabetic order):

  • Amily Buenrrostro '20
  • Shamya Butler-Bonner '21
  • Vinnie Caroselli '20
  • Taylor Hallbuk '20
  • Theresa Joson '19
  • Anna Kauffman '19
  • Michael Realbuto '21

The judges for the event will be: Dustin Gee, a 2010 graduate of Juniata who serves as the head of employer development and engagement at Berklee College of Music, Dr. Rob Gillio, medical director of population health and clinical innovation at J.C. Blair Health Systems, Inc., and Loni Fultz Kline, a 2003 graduate of the College who serves as vice president for advancement at Pennsylvania College of Technology. 

Refreshments and door prizes provided by the Communication & Media Club

Congratulations to our 2018 Bailey Oratorical Winners!

  • Alex Jones '20 - 1st
  • Catherine Lanigan '20 - 2nd
  • Sarah Ullom-Minnich '18 - 3rd
  • Catherine Lanigan '20 - The People's Choice

Watch the 2017 Bailey Oratorical here.

Congratulations to our 2017 Bailey Oratorical 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Finishers!
  • 1st - Ahn Ha '17 - Mathematical Studies and Economics
  • 2nd - Nitya Chagti '19 - History
  • 3rd - Xavier Cachon '17 - Sociology with Economics
"At the heart of the liberal arts is civic engagement: How can we use the values of our liberal arts education to heal divides in our nation and world?"
The 7 finalists for the 2017 Bailey Oratorical were:
  • Xavier Cachon ’17 Sociology with Economics
  • Nitya Chagti ’19 History
  • Claire DeLaval ’17 International Politics
  • Maeve Gannon ’18 Peace and Conflict Studies and Human Ecology
  • Anh Ha ’17 Mathematical Studies and Economics
  • Anne-Marcelle Kouame ’19 International Studies
  • Vicoria Wolf ’17 Biology

Bailey Oratorical

The original Bailey Oratorical Award was established in 1910 by Letitia Fisher Bailey and the Honorable Thomas F. Bailey, who served as president judge of Huntingdon County from 1916 to 1936. The contest is named in honor of John M. Bailey, the father of Thomas Bailey, and a former Huntingdon County president judge.

The oratorical contest has a long tradition at Juniata College, as students from all areas of study can compete for the monetary prize. The original prize for the contest was $15 and $25. An enhanced endowment contribution by Judge Bailey's son-in-law Colonel Sedgley Thornbury, provides the contest's prize money. In addition, the name of the winner will be permanently inscribed on an antique loving cup presented to the college by Colonel Thornbury's son, Thomas Bailey Thornbury.