Destination College Speech Contest

Award: (1) $5000 contest winner, (3) $1000 runners up, and (4) $500 honorable mentions.
Deadline: March 11, 2022

The Destination College Speech Contest encourages high school seniors to share their college planning advice with current New Hampshire high school juniors in a keynote speech at the annual DC event.

Who is eligible?
The DC Speech Contest is open to all college-bound New Hampshire high school public, private, or homeschool seniors. Candidates must be available to participate on each date listed below in Contest Details.

Contest Details:
All entries for the DC Speech Contest are due Friday, March 11, 2022 at 5 p.m. Submit your 3- to 5-minute speech using the form below. You may choose to provide a written essay or YouTube video. Finalists will be notified the week of March 14 and will be scheduled to meet with the DC Speech Committee on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. The winner will be notified by Friday, March 25, 2022 and will be required to read his/her speech during Destination College on Saturday, April 09, 2022. We will also ask the winner to serve as a panelist during a Destination College workshop that day. If you have questions about the contest, please email us.

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.

What should you write about?
Your keynote speech should be about your college planning and application experience. You will be speaking to high school juniors from around the state to share your best college planning advice and tips. Share your strategies, what worked, and what you might have done differently. Is there anything that you didn’t expect? What did you learn that a current high school junior should know? Remember that your insight will help prepare the junior class for what’s down the road. Your speech will help set the tone for the day ahead – so be inspirational, informative or funny (or all of these things!). 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 your stories and energy!

When is Destination College?
The 23rd Annual Destination College Event will take place on Saturday, April 09, 2022 on the campus of Saint Anselm College. The winner of the contest must be available on this date and is expected to be present at the event.

DC Speech Contest


Please note: The 2022 Destination College speech contest has ended as of 03/11/2022 5:00PM. See you in 2023.