Letter to the editor – Barb Labate, American Legion Post 11

Winners will earn scholarship money, chance to compete in national finals

Dear Parents of Greene County High School and homeschooled students,

High school students of Greene County High School and homeschooled students have been invited by the local Post #11 of the American Legion to compete in the 81st annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program.

The objectives of the oratorical contest are to encourage students to develop a stronger knowledge and appreciation of the U.S. Constitution, the rights and privileges of American citizenship, and expand their speaking and presentation skills, and leadership qualities.

The subject in the prepared oration portion of the contest must be about some phase of the Constitution of the United States, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government. The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must be 8-10 minutes in length.

Your local American Legion Post #11 will conduct the High School Oratorical Scholarship Program – “A Constitutional Speech Contest” before Dec. 17. Scholarship amounts at the local post level begin at $100 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place.
In addition to the awards by winners of the various elimination rounds of competition, college scholarships of $18,000, $16,000, and $14,000 will be awarded to the first through third places in the national finals.

High school students in our community who are interested in entering the competition will find complete rules and contest information at www.legion.org/oratorical. They may also contact Barb Labate at 515-386-5547 for further details.

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