Table Topics Impromptu Speaking Contest Winners for 2020

Toastmasters District 47 congratulates Carla Montenegro, winner of our Table Topics contest for 2020, along with contestants Sarah Hoit, 2nd place, Paul Taylor, 3rd place, Leah Von Salvo, Paul Taylor, Curtis Rapp, and Jorge Maspons.

District stretches from Port St. Lucie to the Key West in Florida and also includes the Bahamas. Each of the speakers had already won contests at their club, area, and division to get to this level.

Each of the contestants was challenged to deliver an impromptu speaking response to the question, “How are you making a difference in the world?”

Humorous Speech Contest Winners 2020, Video of All Contestants

District 47 congratulates Justin Marguriet, Winner of the Humorous Speech Contest for 2020 with his speech “Mi Hungry,” which you can see below.

Marguriet, a resident of Dania Beach, is a member of Sawgrass Toastmasters in Plantation. The contest, normally held at the annual conference for the district, was conducted over Zoom Saturday night.

Seven of the best speakers from our district, which stretches from Port St. Lucie to the Key West in Florida and also includes the Bahamas, faced off in the district finals. The other competitors were Leah Von Salvo, 2nd Place, Johnathan Dunn, 3rd Place, Rowshan Jones, O’Kffen Cooper, Dave Bricker, and Shawn Bhakta.

Videos from the district’s International Speech Contest for 2020 will be published following the quarter-final round of judging for eligibility to compete in the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking. The district winner in that contest was Errol Leandre of Homestead, a member of Cutler Bay Toastmasters. The other competitors were Michelle LeWay, 2nd Place, Hubert Edwards, 3rd Place, Tom Scharstein, Tyler Storer, Trevor Lockhart, and Terry Spencer.

Videos from the contests for Table Topics (impromptu speaking) and Evaluations will be published in the coming days.

Justin Marguriet, Winner of the Humorous Speech Contest for 2020, “Mi Ungry”

Leah Von Salvo, 2nd Place, Humorous Speech Contest for 2020, “Just One Question”

Johnathan Dunn, 3rd Place, Humorous Speech 2020, “If a Little Bit is Good, It Doesn’t Mean a Lot is Better”

Rowshan Jones, “I Didn’t Write a Speech”

O’Kffen Cooper, “Dating Struggles”

David Bricker, Humorous Speech Contest 2020, “The Speaker’s Journey”

Shawn Bhakta, “They Push, They Pull and They Are Really Cool”

Video: International Speech Contest Winners, 2019

The Toastmasters featured below were judged the best speakers from across South Florida and The Bahamas in the contest at the Toastmasters District 47 annual conference for 2019.

Contest Winners Trevor Lockhart, Colton Stollenmaier (1st Place, Center),
and Annaya Holmes with 2018-2019 District Director (right) and
2019-2020 District Director Leonardo Burrows (left)

The winners were:

  • Colton Stollenmaier, 1st Place
  • Trevor Lockhart, 2nd Place
  • Annaya Holmes, 3rd Place

Each of the contestants had already won contests at increasing levels of competition — club, area, and division — before getting the district level.

The International Speech Contest tests the ability of Toastmasters to deliver a serious or inspirational message (although these speeches often contain an element of humor as well). The International Speech contest ultimately leads to the crowning of a World Champion of Public Speaking when competitors from across the world meet at the Toastmasters International Convention.

District 47 also held contests for Humorous Speech, Table Topics (impromptu speaking) and Evaluation.

Colton Stollenmaier, 1st Place
Trevor Lockhart, 2nd Place
Annaya Holmes, 3rd Place