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American Legion holding speech contest

American Legion Carroll Post No. 31 invites high school students from the Westminster area to compete in the Annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program. The local contest will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at American Legion Post No. 31, 2 Sycamore St., Westminster.

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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 8-10 minutes in length.

Three cash awards are given at each level of the local competition: local, county, district and state. College scholarships will be awarded to the first through third places in the national finals.

Those interested in entering the competition can find rules and information at carrollpost31.org or legion.org/oratorical.

'A Day On, Not A Day Off' event set for Jan. 19

The community will celebrate the sixth annual "A Day On, Not A Day Off," commemorating the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Jan. 19. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Decker Hall on the campus of McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, and is sponsored by McDaniel College, the NAACP, The Ira and Mary Zepp Center for Peace and Nonviolence and Carroll County Public Schools.

There will be activities for children and adults. Students in grades 6-12 or in college will receive service learning hours for participating in a community-based service project. The cost for lunch is $6. Students who receive free and reduced-cost lunch with Carroll County Public Schools will receive lunch at no cost.

For more information, contact Patricia Levroney before Jan. 9 at 410-386-1680 or ptlevro@carrollk12.org.

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