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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.



 Good morning, everyone, I am writing today to tell you it is time to start looking for Kids from Grades 9th Grade to 12th Grade to attend the Oratorical Contest this year. The Oratorical is a Great Opportunity to get a great Scholarship for College. The district pays the first 4 Places, and National pays the top 3 Places. So if the student was to win it all they would have 300.00 from District, 1500.00 from Department, and 25,000.00 from National so that would all total up to 26,800.00 for College. I don’t know of any student in our District who doesn’t need money for college.

The Oratorical Contest is based on the Constitution of the United States. You will soon be getting the information from department for the kids to study. So, get out there and find those kids If you have more than one, let me know. We want all kids to participate in out contest. I will find a post to sponsor them.

My contact information is Jim Lucas, 765 12th Ave SW, Pine River, Mn. 56474 and my phone

 218-821-7347.My e-mail is walkerpost2134@gmail.com.


 THOSE KIDS. Remember they can be from Public Schools, Home Schooled, and any Church

 Schooled.  9th thru 12th Grade.


 Thank You, Jim Lucas, Oratorical Chairman


Topics for the 2023 Oratorical Contest

Assigned Topics for 2023 Oratorical Contest

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Amendment XIV, Section 1

All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Amendment XVI

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.