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Oratorical Contest

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.


American Legion High School Oratorical Contest

2021 Speech Contest

Well listen up ALL POSTS, I have received the information for the 2021 High School Oratorical Contest. I pulled this from the National Website this morning. The high School Oratorical Contest started in 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities. This program has had presidential contenders, national talk radio hosts, and a Vice President of The United States of America named Mike Pence.

Remember I told you last year National has raised their amounts that they pay out, well here it is. All contestants receive 2000.00 for the first round, if the contestants go to next round, they will receive another 2000.00. When they go to final round, Third Place pays 20,000.00, Second Place pays 22,500.00, and Last but not least 1ST PLACE pays out 25,000.00. Overall, they will pay out over 203,500.00 for this contest. Now that is quite an increase from the money, they give 2 years ago. You cannot convince me there are not kids from all communities that could use this amount for a scholarship.

Now for the State competition they pay out 500.00 for 4th Place, 700.00 for 3rd Place, 1000.00 for 2nd Place. And 1500.00 for 1ST Place.

The 6th District Pays out 100.00 for 3rd Place, 200.00 for 2nd place, and 300.00 for 1ST Place. Now when you see all this money for a student to win, you tell me that some student in your community cannot use this kind a HELP for college. So now if you want a Kid from your town to lose, DO NOTHING. If you want a student from your town to prosper and have a better chance in life go to your school. Do not forget about Parochial Schools, Military Schools, Private Schools, and especially Home Schools. They must be from 9th Grade to 12th Grade and cannot be over age 20 by the National Competition.

These young people must learn 5 speeches. 1st speech is 8 to 10 minutes long and is called The Prepared Oration. The Oration Speech must be on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duty and obligations to our Government. This speech will be given at District, State, and National Level. Next the students will have to learn 4 speeches called Assigned Topics.

The first of the Topics is                                         Article l, Section 7

The second of the Topics is                                    Article ll, Section 3

The third of the Topics is                                        Article lll, Section 1

The fourth of the Topics is                                    Amendment XXll, Section1

So, ladies and gentlemen get to those schools and tell them about The American Legion Oratorical Contest. If your Posts finds more than 1 contestant give me a call and we will find a Post to Represent them. 

Thank You, Jim Lucas, Oratorical Contest





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