oratorical contest

Legion oratorical contest invites high school competitors

SARATOGA COUNTY – All county high school students are invited to compete in the 50th annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program.

The contest has been arranged with the full cooperation of local school officials and high school guidance offices, who will assist with the contest arrangements.

The subject in the prepared oration portion of the contest must be about some phase of the U.S. Constitution, 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.

The Saratoga Contest will be held in early December at a school to be announced at a later date.

In addition to the awards by winners of the various elimination rounds of competition, college scholarships of $18,000, $16,000, and $14,000 will be awarded to the first through third place winners in the national finals.

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.

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.

The American Legion will pay the expenses of state winners at the national contest.

High school students in Saratoga County who are interested in entering the competition will find complete rules and contest information at their guidance office.

For more information, visit the contest page.

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