Posted: March 13, 2024

The Penn State Coaly Society is once again hosting their annual Guldin Speaking Contest- a contest that is open to any full-time undergraduate student in the College of Ag Sciences.

The Penn State Coaly Society is looking for participants for the annual Guldin Speaking Contest. This contest is made possible through the Guldin family in memory of Paul R. Guldin, who joined the staff of The Pennsylvania State University as a part-time extension poultryman.  He made large impacts on his community, and was passionate about agriculture and public speaking.

Who Is Eligible: Any full-time undergraduate student in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State.

Contest Structure: The preliminary round will be held on Thursday, April 11, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Up to five finalists will be chosen by the preliminary judges to compete in the final round on Wednesday, April 17, at 5:00 p.m. Finalists will be selected on rank score in the preliminary round.

Speech Requirements: Topics may be on any subject of interest to agriculture. Preliminary round speeches must be 5-6 minutes and length and must not exceed 6 minutes. Final round speeches must be 7-10 minutes long and must not exceed 10 minutes. No visual aids are permitted, although contestants are allowed to use notes. There will be a 3-minute question and answer period following both the preliminary and final speeches.

Monetary Awards: 1st-8th place (subject to change based on entry numbers) are monetarily rewarded for their efforts in the contest. The first-place contestant will receive a $500 award and all awards will be deposited in the Bursar account of the winning students.

How to Enter: Contact either co-chair, Paige Peiffer ( or Kendal Jenkins (, to receive the entry forms, rules and regulations, as well as scorecards. Entry forms can also be obtained from Debbie Heeman ( Entry forms must be returned to Debbie Heeman by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 8th. If you have questions, contact either co-chair Paige Peiffer or Kendal Jenkins.