A total of 83 students participated in this year's speech competition. The winners are:
*Best Speaker: Nina Russo, "Technology and Sleep"
*Best Speaker, Runner-Up: Fatima Semenova, "Elderly Abuse"
*Best Speaker, Third Place: Theodore Berlingeri, "The Importance of Compassion"
*Best Speaker, Fourth Place: Kesner LaGuerre, "The Power of Decisions"
*Best Speaker, Fifth Place: Kayla Lafi, "Celiac Disease"
*Best Speaker, Sixth Place: Theresa Depken, "the Hidden Side of Teenage Relationships"
The Foundation sponsored tuition awards totaling $3,000 for the top six speakers.
Four honorable mention winners were named: Allan Chapman, Emily Freirich, Andrew Kranich and Natasha Pineiros.
Five speakers won special merit awards: Jailisse Acosta, William Artiga, Reena Ezra, Dakota Librescu and Rebecca Silverman.
Three students received Honorable Mention prizes: Ehat Seyho, Alexis Bravo and Sunny Glottmann.
Five students received Special Merit awards: Delia Malone, Jagook Lee, Pepe Romero, Ariana Abad and Aimee Landestoy.
Best Speaker, Honorable Mention:
Speakers of Merit:
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07652