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Oratorical Contest

Oratorical Finals

The American Legion Oratorical Contest challenges our high school youth to improve their speaking skills and to develop a deeper appreciation of the Constitution of the United States. Winners at all levels – local, regional and state receive scholarships. At the state level, the first place winner gets a $6,000 scholarship, and goes on to compete nationally for up to a $25,000 scholarship.

The program presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

How to Enter (PDF)

Contest Brochure 2023-2024 (PDF)

Contestant Application (doc)

2023 Oratorical Winner (PDF)