Public Speaking Competition - English Department

Writing feathers and the old box

The Professor Elaine C. Harrington Public Speaking Competition

Professor Emeritus Elaine C. Harrington

The Professor Elaine C. Harrington Public Speaking Competition is an annual contest sponsored by the Passaic County Community College English Department and open to all students of the College.


Established in March 2008, the contest is named for Professor Emeritus Elaine C. Harrington, a former professor of English at PCCC. Contestants are chosen by audition and must prepare an audition speech based on an assigned topic.


The contest final consists of three rounds demonstrating various oratory skills. All contestants speak on the same topic in each round. Round one (5-7 minutes) is an informative presentation and Round 2 (5-7 minutes) is a persuasive presentation.
Round three (2-3 minutes) is for impromptu speeches.


A panel of judges that includes faculty and administrators evaluates each student based on various criteria, including preparation, delivery of speech, and focus on the topic. First, second, and third place winners are selected and receive gift certificates, books, and other prizes.


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