Destination College Speech Contest

22nd Annual Destination College - New Hampshire's Statewide College Planning Convention
Saturday, March 20, 2021

Hosted by Plymouth State University (PSU)

Are you graduating from high school in 2021? If so, we encourage you to submit a three to five (3 to 5) minute speech for our DC Speech Contest. Your speech can be submitted as a YouTube video or written essay. By submitting this short narrative about your path to college and navigating the college admissions process, you can win a $1,000 scholarship, have the opportunity to participate on a virtual panel during a breakout session and be a featured speaker during the virtual Destination College event along with VIPS like New Hampshire’s governor, the Plymouth State University (PSU) president, and the president of the NHHEAF Network Organizations.

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 your stories and energy!

Who can apply?
College-bound high school seniors who are New Hampshire residents. 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 entries for the DC Speech Contest are due Tuesday, February 09, 2021 at 5 p.m. Finalists will be notified the week of February 21 and will be scheduled to meet with the DC Speech Committee on Tuesday, March 02, 2021. The winner will be notified by Saturday, March 06, 2021 and is required to read their speech or share their YouTube video during Destination College Saturday, March 20, 2021. 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.

DC Speech Contest


Please note: The 2021 Destination College speech contest has ended as of 02/09/2021 5:00PM. See you in 2022.