The Westminster Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution will host the local competition for the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest. The contest will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the large meeting room of the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library, 50 E. Main St., Westminster. In case of inclement weather, the backup date will be Feb. 22 in the same location starting at 7:30 p.m.
The local winner will advance to state-wide competitions in April with first-, second- and third-place prizes at the state level of $500, $250 and $100, respectively. The state winner and a chaperone will have their travel expenses paid to attend to the annual SAR Congress in July in Houston, Texas, to compete nationally for first-, second- and third-place prizes of $5,000, $3000 and $2,000 respectively. All other finalists at the national level win $400, and all other national contestants are awarded $200.
The contest is open to all freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes, grades 9-12, in Carroll County's public, parochial, private and home schools. Speeches must be between five and six minutes in length and address an event, personality or document pertaining to the Revolutionary War and show a relationship to America today. Each contestant must prepare a written version of their speech and submit by Feb. 18; memorized speeches must follow the submitted transcript. Applications may be submitted to Westminster Chapter SAR Rumbaugh Contest Chairman, James F. Engler Sr., 2038 Red River Road, Sykesville, MD 21784; or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can be found on the National Society Sons of the American Revolution website, www.sar.org/Youth/Oration_Contest_Rules.