Destination College Speech Contest

posted Sep 8, 2015, 10:41 AM by Jennifer Chapman   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 8:56 AM by Joanne Woodward ]

Are you graduating from high school in 2018? If so, we encourage you to submit a 3-5 minute speech for our DC Speech Contest! By submitting a 3-5 minute speech about your path to college and navigating the college admissions process, you, too, can win a $1,000 scholarship and have the opportunity to give our keynote address and share the stage with VIPS like New Hampshire’s governor, the PSU president, and even the CEO of NHHEAF!

Applications due Friday, February 23, 2018

What should you talk about?
As a high school senior, you are currently experiencing the college planning and application process. The keynote address should be about this experience. Share your strategies, what worked, and what you might have done differently. Is there anything you didn’t expect? What did you learn that a current high school junior should know? Remember that your insight will help the junior class prepare for what’s down the road. Your speech may be funny, interesting or informative…hopefully a little bit of all three! Please refrain from describing a step-by-step to-do list in your speech. Your goal is to capture the attention and interest of your listeners with stories and energy!

Who can apply?
College-bound NH high school seniors. The decision of the contest judges will be final and binding. Entries will be judged on content (ability to communicate primary messages), relevance to the target audience, originality, creativity, and artistic, and technical, proficiency.

When should I apply?
All speeches should be received by Friday, February 23, 2018 at 5 p.m. Finalists will be notified the week of February 26 and will be scheduled to meet with the DC Speech Committee on Thursday, March 8, 2018. The winner will be notified by Friday, March 9, 2018 and is required to present the speech at Destination College on April 7, 2018 at Southern New Hampshire University. If you have questions about the contest, please email us.