2019 Oratorical Contest
Nathan York from California competes in the American Legion Oratorical Contest at the
Wyndham Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday, April 15, 2018
The American Legion Oratory Competition is held in Indianapolis in April. Candidates from all 50 states, DC, France and Puerto Rico will participate. All candidates receive a $1,500 scholarship for participating in the first round; those that compete in the second round win another $1,500, and the 3 finalists receive a $14,000, $16,000, or $18,000 scholarship.
Competition Is Open for the 2018-19 Calendar Year
The purpose of The American Legion’s National High School Oratorical Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.