Chaminade’s Communication Department held its annual Mackey Speech Competition on April 16 at Ching Conference Center in Eiben. The five finalists gave persuasive speeches on the theme of “making a difference.” Kanoe Miller, Mahlon Moore and Tiny Tadani judged the students on their oral presentations. Ernesto Olmos, a first-year student majoring in environmental science, won $300 and first place with his speech on the effects of dams in Brazil on Amazon Native Indians. All other competitors won $50 a piece: Annastasha M. Samu, a senior majoring in Computer Science, took second place for her speech on living wills; coming in third was Mata’uitafa Faiai, a first-year student majoring in Biology, who spoke on native peoples and the patenting of native healing plants; and tied for fourth were Veronica Griffin, a senior majoring in Psychology and Business, who spoke on simple changes making a difference, and Utufaasili J. McDermott, a junior majoring in religion, who spoke on offshore trading. All competitors were articulate and well prepared.