Awards

Maria B. Miller Speech Award

  • Maria B. Miller, Emeritus, was the first faculty member of the Communication Department at Jefferson Community and Technical College when it opened its doors on the Downtown campus in 1968. 
  • The Maria B. Miller Speech Award was established in her honor in 1994 after her retirement in the Fall of 1993.
  • Each spring the Department of Communication holds a contest to determine what graduating student will be awarded the Maria B. Miller Speech Award.
  • All graduating students from all Jefferson Community & Technical College campuses are invited to participate in the speech contest.
  • The winning student is the Student Graduation Speaker and is presented a plaque and a check in the amount of $50.

Requirements:

  • Student must be a graduating sophomore.
  • The speech must be 3 minutes long.
  • The speech is addressed to the President, Provost, guest speaker, graduates, faculty, family, and guests.

Content:

  • Content should be about the present achievements of the graduating class and how the institution has helped the student and other graduates accomplish goals.

Past Winners:

  • 1994:  Deborah Jean Kennedy
  • 1995:  Eva June Hartmann
  • 1996:  Tracie Powell
  • 1997:  Sally R. Neal
  • 1998:  Heather Gaither
  • 1999:  Tammy Hackney
  • 2000:  Laura M. Turner
  • 2001:  Kathy Lee Alexander
  • 2002:  Katie Grace
  • 2004:  Cristina Gonzalez
  • 2005:  Liza Mattingly
  • 2006:  Kelly Covington Few
  • 2007:  Ann Catherine Fay
  • 2008:  Linda McMahon
  • 2009:  Terry Thomas
  • 2010:  Shenelle Evans
  • 2011:  Norma Thomas
  • 2012:  Sarah Hope Tyler
  • 2013:  Leah Marie Pugh
  • 2014:  Marty Clark
  • 2015:  Virginia Johnson