CCAC Dual Enrollment student wins four-year scholarship in speech competition

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

Dual Enrollment student Teresa StrubPITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County is proud to announce that CCAC Dual Enrollment student Teresa (Tess) Strub has been awarded a four-year tuition scholarship to Malone University, a Christian liberal arts college in Canton, Ohio. Strub won the scholarship based on a speech competition in which she placed first among 60 participants.

Strub, a home-schooled student residing in Cornell School District, has been taking college-level classes at CCAC's West Hills Center during her senior year of high school. As an incoming freshman to Malone in the fall, she was required to give a speech about her vision for her future at Malone and beyond. Her speech looked good on paper, but she needed help with her presentation, so she reached out to Judy Berasi, her Oral Communication instructor last semester. The two met a couple of days before she was to give the speech, with Berasi driving to Strub's home since the college was closed due to inclement weather.

As they practiced for hours, Berasi critiqued the speech and gave her student suggestions on how to improve her tone, inflection, pace, body language and appearance in front of the judges. According to Berasi, "Tess made great progress and came through 100 percent." Strub had her speech completely memorized and timed perfectly to a PowerPoint displaying in the background. Two days later, she aced the competition, making a big difference for her future and her family. 

"Receiving this scholarship has taken a huge burden off of me and my parents," said Strub, who plans to major in Zoo & Wildlife Biology and hopes to open a rescue zoo someday. "I do not think I could have won this scholarship without Ms. Berasi's help. She gave me the motivation to perfect my speech, and she helped me for hours as I practiced, giving me pointers on how to do better."

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