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American Legion hosts oratorical contest for Westminster High students

Westminster High School students are invited to compete in the annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program, sponsored by Carroll Post No. 31 of the American Legion.

Students are asked to prepare an 8- to 10-minute oration about some phase of the Constitution of the United States, emphasizing the duties and obligations of a citizen to the United States government.

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Awards of $300, $200 and $100 will be given to the first-, second- and third-place winners, with the first-place winner of each round moving up to county, district and state levels before competing in a national competition for scholarships of $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000.

The American Legion will pay the expenses of the state winners at the national contest.

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Westminster students interested in entering can find rules and contest information with their guidance counselors and online at www.legion.org/oratorical. Participants need to contact chairman Jim Beckman by Jan. 11 at 410-857-9812. The contest will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at Carroll Post 31.

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