American Legion invites students to compete in speech contest

Winners earn scholarships, chance to compete in national finals

All high school students of Greene County and homeschooled students have been invited by the local Post #11 of The American Legion to compete in the 82nd 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 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.

The 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 first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place.

In addition to the awards given to 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 contest will find complete rules and contest information at They may also contact Barb Labate at 515-386-5547 for further details.

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