Skip to main content

Annual Otis Young Motivational Speak-Off

20th Annual

Speakers for 2019

  • Afa Benjamin-Diop - Greater Than Me
  • Austin Brown - Voices (3rd place)
  • Patricia Mueller - Quarters
  • Olivia Russo - It’s Not Your Fault (2nd place)
  • Erin Collins - Believing is Seeing
  • Kendra Lee - Kind
  • Sara Cocca - Pieces
  • Nicholas Stamps - Leave Your Mark (1st place)

19th Annual

Speakers for 2018

  • Michael Camerieri - Weather the Storm
  • Laurie Clocksin - The Gift
  • Paul Estares -Care Less
  • Phil Huang - Tough
  • Tanessa Martin - In Charge (1st place)
  • Jake Milgate - T-Shirts in the Summer (2nd place)
  • Myril Stoudemire - Wisdom is Relative (3rd place)

18th Annual

Speakers for 2017

  • Jordynn Barnhart - Good for a Moment (2nd place)
  • Christian Guity - Break the Chain
  • Wassila Khattab - Watch Me
  • Elizabeth Mazza - Loving You First (1st place)
  • Kyle O’Gara - Head First
  • Sandy Robs - Hello (3rd place)
  • Laura Tingley - The Simple Things

17th Annual

Speakers for 2016

  • Griffen Everly - Stop, Drop and Roll (2nd place)
  • Daisy Luma-Haddison - Sign Up
  • Alexia McFadden - Finding Superman
  • Matthew Olivari - Getting It Right
  • Marleese Patterson - Get Off and Go (3rd place)
  • Kate Polyak - The Power to Choose
  • Anani Serbeniuk- The Big Mistake (1st place)
  • Alissa White - A Lot to Learn

16th Annual

Speakers for 2015

  • Bridget Bayer - Life’s Menu
  • Chelse Friedrich - Say It Twice
  • Elizabeth Maier - Superheroes
  • Vitaliy Maksimchuk - The Talk (2nd place)
  • Hayley Murphy - The Plan (1st place)
  • Chiadikaobi Njoku -  The Switch
  • Ariana Olson - The Gap
  • Michaela Scott - Pieces
  • Kendra Soboleski - You’ll Know (3rd place)
  • Alanna Tierson - Invincible

12th Annual

Speakers for 2011

  • Opening Remarks, and Contest Rules and Procedures
  • Olivia K Jay - Everyones' Melody
  • Jessica Belmont - Red Light
  • Bobbi Burger - One Small Step
  • Michelle Mullen - Happy Birthday
  • Robert Carroll - Grip Strength
  • Aubrey Conti - Life Line
  • Valerie Mocniak - Seemingly Simple
  • Laron Hagen, Jr. - Out of My Way
  • Kirstie Quail - In a Pinch
  • Christine Whitely - First Day

11th Annual

Speakers for 2010

  • Kendra Fee - Ant!
  • Rafael Delgado - A Ton of Bricks
  • Judy Levy - A Lasting Impression
  • Chad Peters - Push It Down All the Way
  • Ceearia Gomez - Forward
  • Xiangguo "Jack" Che - It's Worth It!
  • Jayson Cruz Santiago - Maraca
  • Megan Scott - More than a House
  • Christine Azbill - I Could Dream...

10th Annual

Speakers for 2009

  • David Barnard - It Doesn? Add Up
  • Theresa Hallatt - Pivotal Point
  • Bridget Herald - Power of People
  • Xavier Jordan - The Game of Life
  • Anna Losiewicz - The Anchor
  • Michael McDermott - Big Tom
  • Adedayo Oshinnaiye - Elevated
  • Christa Scorza - The Naked Truth
  • Leonard Smith - Wake Up!
  • Devon Woodward - Do You Have What It Takes?

9th Annual

Speakers for 2008

  • Ashantee Cowlay - The Glow
  • Bridget D. Loyde - Walking the Path
  • Matthew Guiffre - The Threshold
  • Lauren Kirchhausen - Work It Out
  • Ashley Ernst - Thank You, Edward
  • Peter Deyo - The Fishbowl
  • Adam Stephens - The Easy Way

8th Annual

Speakers for 2007

  • Brian Arnold - The Calm
  • Robyn Campbell - My Shiny Red Bike
  • Sarah Ahmad - Who You Are
  • Cheri Holloway - Connectons
  • Christina L. Alessi - Background Noise
  • Elizabeth Conlon - When You Can't Find Your Glasses
  • Tim Zollweg - I Got It! I Got It!
  • Kristin Bouwmeester - 1 in 20
  • Paul D. Erickson - So Take It

7th Annual

Speakers for 2006

  • Maureen Binter - Silver Lining
  • Edith Diane Reynolds - I Can Do This
  • Eric Johengen - Evanescence
  • Kyle Woods - On Such A Nice Day
  • Steve Earle - Snagged
  • Emily Murphy - Bare Feet
  • Heidi Kunish - I'm Listening
  • Elaine Johnson - Call It In The Air
  • Jason DiPietro - Phenomenal
  • Latricia Butler - At A Moment's Notice

6th Annual

Speakers for 2005

  • Matt Schultz - I Know
  • Jenna Koger - My Metal Cage
  • Monica Metcalf - You've Got the Power!
  • Lisa Baker - Potential
  • Zoriena Asis - Just An American Girl
  • Tanisha Ragland - Sticks and Stones
  • Christine Miller - Never Alone
  • Rogers Tuwei - In The Valley I Grow
  • Brittany Johnston - What It Takes
  • Michele Smith - Uprooted

5th Annual

Speakers for 2004

  • Greg Gottorff - Burst Your Bubble
  • Beatriz LeBron - Life's Greatest Teachers
  • Carlet Cleare - Full Count
  • Toby Wolf - They May Hate You
  • Luke Schirmer - Walking Tall
  • Amatul-Haee Ahmad - The Meaning of Life
  • Christian Rea - Motivation Lost
  • Ericka House - The Rhinestone Cap
  • Sarah Kobos - The Masked Truth

4th Annual

Speakers for 2003

  • Gina Surdel – Do It Like You Mean It
  • Shamarrah White – Monster Bus
  • Christopher House – The Eyes of My Mind
  • Jeremy Boehlke – If It’s Bigger Than You, Run!
  • Lee Teitsworth – What’s In Your Garage?
  • Christopher Galvano – Music of Your Life
  • Rebekah Manville – Take Hold
  • Cynthia Larkins – Laughter
  • Miesha McCray – Honey, I Love

3rd Annual

Speakers for 2002

  • Pat Coyne – Uniformed Pride
  • Sarah Frank – What Really Matters
  • Anne Bennett – Going Up
  • Istanbul Omer – A Broken Vase
  • David Bell – Personal Turkeys
  • Michael McTammany – Two Lives Drawn Together
  • Cathy Bauman – You Can Accomplish Anything
  • Miledys Montano – The Gift
  • Brian Adolf – Don’t Stop, Just Yield
  • Karen Pearson – The Shelf