NECC Observer

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Speechapalooza 2021: Coming to a screen near you

Northern Essex Community College’s 7th annual Speechapalooza event will be held virtually for the second year in a row due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

It will be held over a span of three days, April 30, May 1, and May 2 on YouTube @

Speechapalooza was created in 2015 and sponsored by NECC’s Liberal Arts: Communications/Journalism Program and continues to be organized by students enrolled in Principles of Public Relations (COM113).

Since its debut, the event has celebrated student speakers involved in Public Speaking or Public Presentation-intensive classes.

The students prepare and give speeches about a variety of topics to a wide audience.

Last year’s Speechapalooza was in the midst of planning when the pandemic hit, so students had to shift gears to keep the event alive.

They were also able to tie in fundraising for NECC’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund which is planned for this year’s event as well. Speech submissions are currently being accepted for review until April 19.

If you are interested in taking part of SPEECHAPALOOZA 2021: VIRTUAL VOICES, please send a video of you performing your 5-10 minute speech to