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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.

Each year thousands of high school and home school students gain a deeper understanding of the U.S. Constitution and share that knowledge with a vast audience through the American Legion High School Oratorical Contest. Hundreds of students win scholarship awards at the Post level for speeches that explore the substance and meaning of the Constitution. 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. 

    The contest consists of a Prepared Oration and an Assigned Topic with specific time constraints. State and local contests run annually from December to March, culminating at the national level in April. In Connecticut, Posts participating in this contest conduct the initial program by the end of January and send the winner onto their district. The District competition will be held during the first two weeks of February.

The seven district winners compete for the State Title during the last week of January, at Goodwin College. The State Winners receive cash awards, First Place: $1500; Second Place: $1000 and 3rd-7th: $500. The Connecticut champion then competes at the national competitions at University Place Conference Center in Indianapolis, In. The top three scholarships are for $14,000, $16,000 and $18,000. All state champions, who compete are awarded a minimum of $1500. For more information: legion.org search Oratorical. 

                              

Somers Post 101 Oratorical Contest:

December, 2018 at (To Be Confirmed)

 

4th District  Oratorical Contest:

January, 2019 at (To Be Confirmed)

 

Department Oratorical Contest:

March 9, 2019 at Goodwin College

All Connecticut high schools should have pertinent details about this contest by November 1st. If your guidance office does not have any information about this program, contact Somers Post 101 of The American Legion at: Info@SomersPost101.org or (888) 240-8188 for assistance.

The Post would like to hear from you if you are interested in competing for the 2019 Oratorical Competition. We would like to initiate the process early in the 2018-2019 school year in order to have you adequately prepared. Whether you are a student, parent, teacher, guidance counselor, principal, please contact the Post at: PostCdr@SomersPost101.org.

A representative from the Post will get back to you in a timely manner.