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American Legion invites high school students to compete in speech contest

American Legion Carroll Post No. 31 invites Westminster-area high school students to compete in the 2016-17 American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program.

According to an American Legion news release, the subject in the prepared oration portion of the contest must be about some phase of the Constitution of the United States, emphasizing the duties and obligations of a citizen to the United States government. The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must be 8 to 10 minutes in length.

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The local contest is planned for Jan. 19. First-place winners will be awarded $300, second place $200, and third place $100. There will also be awards given at the county, district and state levels. The winner of each competition moves also moves up to the next level, according to the release.

According to the release, each state winner who competes in the first round of the national contest will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Participants in the second round who do not advance to the national final round will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship.

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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. College scholarships of $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000 will be awarded to the first- through third-place finishers in the national finals. The American Legion will pay the expenses of state winners at the national contest, according to the release.

For more information, visit www.legion.org/oratorical. RSVP for the local contest to chairman Jim Beckman at 410-857-9812 by Jan. 8.

410-857-7873

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