On February 14, 2012, Cory Vendryes, a member of the Speech, Drama & Debate club at Bronx Community College, came in First Place in Persuasive Speaking at the CUNY CLASP (CUNY League of Active Speech Professors) speech competition. The competition was held at LaGuardia Community College and included two categories: Informative and Persuasive speaking. Communication faculty from CUNY’s 18 senior and community college campuses were invited to nominate one student per category to compete. Of the 8 students who competed in the Persuasive category, Cory’s Persuasive Speech “Wild Animals Should Not Be Pets,” took home the highest honors that, along with bragging rights, included $150 and a medal for Cory, and a trophy for BCC. Faculty advisor Dr. Sara Brady accompanied Cory to the competition.