Wabash rhetoric professor Todd McDorman announced the 2012 OLAB awards for public speaking and presentations at the OLAB awards ceremony on July 14. He was impressed by the abilities of the contestants, who comprised 60 seminar participants from across the United States.
Michael Kokot won the "Bulll Thrower" award as the participant who was most impressive in front of a room of angry stockholders. The award goes to the student who can best convince the stockholders that his company is worth their investment. "It came down to two "labbies" who truly distinguiished themselves as budding public relations experts," said McDorman, adding that the award goes to a student who thinks quickly on his feet, can answer pointed questions with accuracy and clarity, and has the best research to back up his stance. Michael was chosen the best presenter from among the field fo 60 participants. His presentation not only included a convincing investment proposal, but also an excellent PowerPoint presentation, background research, and a musical backdrop for emphasis. Michael credits his teachers at Marian for preparing him well for the competiton!
During the summer of 2012 Michael also accompanied the St. Pius X Youth Group to Appalachia to rebuild homes.