Department of Minnesota, 6th District

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.


The 6th District Oratorical Contest will be held at Little Falls on January 14, 2023



Hello Everyone,

The 2023 Oratorical Contest will be held in the 6th District this year. As a District we need to do better than last year because last year we had no Contestants. That did not look good for us as a District. So, we need to do better. This year we need everyone to go to their schools, check for Home Schooled kids, and Parochial Schooled kids, and Private Schooled kids. Kids that qualify are in 9th Grade to 12th Grade, or has won or at least Placed 3rd Place, 2nd Place, or 1st Place at the National level.

Believe me there are no kids from Minnesota who must worry about this. Some posts say we looked years ago for students and could not find a one that wanted to participate. Well, I am here to tell you that means you are lazy and don’t care about the kids in your community. I believe there are kids everywhere that could use this money for college, and you never put the information out there.

A friend of mine and I are trying to put together a flyer that we can take to the schools and advertise on a bulletin board at said schools. I need every County Council Commander to tell me how many schools are in your area. I don’t want you to refuse any kids who want to try to do this, I will find a post to support them in our District. If you don’t have a County Council in your area District Vice Commanders, I will need your Help in finding these Schools. Commander Karen we will probably need your help too. Wouldn’t it be nice for a Community like Pine River, Browerville, Cass Lake, or even Brooten to come home with a National Winner. I think so and all you have to do is put the information out there to get this winner. Well, I am here to tell you 1st of all, I believe your post will flourish in membership because everyone will see this, and it will tell your community you are not just a bar. It will tell them you care for our kids, and you actually have a heart. It will tell other kids this is possible, and it will help other kids to try. I tell a lot of people that my Dream is for 69 kids to compete in 1 year. I believe I can get enough Volunteers to work 3 weekends in a row, because they care to.

Remember don’t turn any kids away.  Now go find those kids.

Jim Lucas

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.