Local students enter Bluffton speech contest

BLUFFTON — Three Allen County students will speak during Bluffton University’s C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Yoder Recital Hall, 1 University Drive, Bluffton.

Jenia Freewalt, a senior from Delphos, will present the speech “Helping students make peace with themselves.”

Kennedy Parker, a junior from Lima, will talk about the mental health of college athletes.

Carter Ritchey, a junior from Delphos, will share “The peace of the binary body.”

First-place winner will take home a $500 prize and advance to the bi-national competition with other Mennonite college students, while second and third prize speakers will win $400 and $200, respectively.

The contest is named in honor of Mennonite historian and Bluffton professor C. Henry Smith.

The event is free and open to the public.