Kingston High School students will compete for $5,000 in scholarship awards for the best public speaking presentations on June 7 at SUNY Ulster in the third annual Anita Williams Peck Public Speaking Competition.
            The event will feature qualifying students presenting seven-minute speeches on current event topics of their choice before a panel of noted judges at 7 p.m., in the College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall, on the Stone Ridge campus.
            Two scholarship awards will be presented: $3,500 for the winning stentorian and $1,500 for the top lecturer. Judging the competition will be John Moriarty,  retired member of the Kingston High School faculty who taught public speaking and broadcast journalism; Mary C. Tarcza, SUNY Ulster professor of communication; and Ward Todd, president of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
            Established through a partnership between the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. and Kingston High School with a charitable gift from Anita Williams Peck, the program is designed to encourage students to refine their oral communication skills. Each year, in additions to the scholarships, Ms. Peck also provides support that advances the public speaking program at Kingston High School.
            Peck serves as secretary of the board of directors of Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc.  A long time proprietor of Williams Lake Resort that was founded by her family, she also is an alumna of Kingston High School and served for many years on the Rondout Valley Board of Education.
            The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by calling (845) 687-5283.