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Students compete in annual Bethel peace speech contest

Submitted by mzuercher on Fri, 06/03/2022 - 15:02
Josue Coy Dick

Three Bethel students, covering a variety of topics, presented their speeches in the C. Henry Smith Peace Oration contest April 18, with Josué Coy Dick finishing first.

Coy Dick, first-year student from North Newton, presented “Moses the Two-World Peacebuilder.”

Coy Dick’s speech will now be entered along with the first-place speeches from other Anabaptist-affiliated colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, with an overall winner chosen later this summer.

Peace speech winner looks at how to end the ‘environmental war’

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 07/08/2021 - 15:06
Allison Weaver with her first-prize check for the C. Henry Smith Peace Oration Contest

Juniors Allison Weaver and Linda Moyo, both from Hesston, were the first- and second-place winners, respectively, in Bethel's 2021 C. Henry Smith Peace Oration Contest.

Weaver's speech was titled “Our Opponents Can’t Fight Back: Ending the Environmental War,” and Moyo's was “There is Peace in the Midst of Chaos.”

There is a global war in progress, Weaver said, waged by every citizen, “from the tiniest baby to the most powerful politician, [who] are doing [their] best to kill the Earth, and … winning.”

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