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CCU’s Centennial Institute: Jessica Holmes wins ‘Under 30’ speech contest, is next rising conservative star

May. 13, 2022

LAKEWOOD, Col. — The Centennial Institute, Colorado Christian University’s public-policy think tank, announces Jessica Holmes as the winner of the 2022 Western Conservative Summit (WCS) “Under 30 Speech Contest.”

POST_Under-30-Speech-Contest-1.pngHolmes, known to many as the Twitter phenomenon called “Real Truth Cactus,” will speak on Friday evening, June 3 along with Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, Governor Kevin Stitt, former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

“The submissions for this year’s Western Conservative Summit Under-30 Speech Contest were outstanding,” said Jeff Hunt, Director of the Centennial Institute. “Young men and women across the country are committed to the conservative principles that helped found America. They are articulate, bright, and give us great hope for the future of our nation. Jessica’s speech was well-delivered, thoughtful, funny, passionate, and engaging. You will not want to miss this rising star in the conservative movement!”

Holmes was selected from dozens of submissions during the national contest, sponsored by Young America’s Foundation.

Kara Zupkus, spokeswoman for Young America’s Foundation (YAF), said of Holmes’ selection, “We are thrilled with Jessica’s powerful, uplifting speech, and are so excited for her to bring this important message to the mainstage of the Western Conservative Summit! With so much negativity in the news about the path America is on, Jessica will be sure to bring hope to all of those in attendance, with a clear message on how conservatives can win the battle for the soul of our nation.”

Upon winning the contest, Holmes said: “I am so honored to be a part of the Western Conservative Summit and my thanks goes out to the WCS and YAF for inviting me to join this amazing line-up of conservative speakers. It is important, now more than ever, that we remind our youth and our nation what it means to adhere to the Western tradition and why it is so valuable. The soul of our country is on the line and it is up to us to fight to reclaim it.”

Holmes’ 10-minute speech is framed around the Western Conservative Summit’s 2022 theme, “Time to Saddle Up and Ride!”

More information on the Centennial Institute is available here.

The Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University works to enhance public understanding of the most important issues relating to faith, family, and freedom. As part of this endeavor, the Institute focuses its efforts on conducting research, analyzing public policy options and sponsoring seminars, conferences, and other activities that involve students, faculty, staff and outside experts. Each summer, it is the host of the nation’s largest annual conservative gathering west of the Mississippi, the Western Conservative Summit.

The Centennial Institute is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization that does not endorse or oppose any candidate or political party for public office.

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