High School Oratorical Contest
One of the many Americanism programs sponsored by the American Legion is the Oratorical Contest. Each year, hundreds of high school students across the nation participate each year in the local, state, and national oratory contest. The purpose of the Oratorical Contest itself is to foster the development of a deeper knowledge and understanding of the United States Constitution by high school students, while developing leadership and the ability to think clearly and intelligently.
As such, students prepare an 8 to 10 minute speech on some phase of the U.S. Constitution, our rights, and responsibilities. A 3 to 5 minute impromtu speech follows on a selected amendment or article.
Contests are held before high school student bodies and include both prepared and extemporaneous orations. The Department of California offers scholarships along with the National Organizations scholarships offered to first through fourth place winners.
To learn more about sponsorship, contest dates and rules, visit www.legion.org/oratorical and have your High School English or Speech teacher for an application.