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American Legion invites students to compete in a speech contest

Carroll Post No. 31 of the American Legion invites high school students in the Westminster area to compete in the annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program on Jan. 14.

"We've been doing the contest for 40 years, at least. Each post hosts their own local contest," said Jim Beckman, American Legion, Carroll Post 31's oratorical chairman.


Beckman said participating students must prepare a speech about some phase of the Constitution of the United States, emphasizing the duties and obligations of a citizen to the U.S. government. The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must be 8 to 10 minutes in length.

According to an American Legion news release, first, second and third place competition winners will be awarded $300, $200 and $100 respectively. The winner of each competition will move up to the county, district and state levels. Each state winner will go on to compete in the first round of the national contest.


Beckman said the top three youth orators who have won all previous elimination rounds of the contest will vie for top honors in the national contest in April in Indianapolis. First through third place national finalists will also receive college scholarships of $18,000, $16,000, and $14,000. The American Legion will pay the expenses of state winners at the national contest.

For more information or to register, visit by Jan. 8.