American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest
Public Is Invited To Free Event Tuesday afternoon, February 10, 2015, the public is invited to hear local freshmen through seniors speak for their country and earn college scholarships in Hart County's American Legion Post 109 High School Oratorical Contest. The contest will begin at 4PM in the Family Life Center of Hartwell’s First Baptist Church at 81 East Howell Street. There is no charge to attend this event which should run until approximately 6:30PM. Prizes will be $250.00, $150.00, and $100.00 for first through third place in the Hartwell contest. Then the winner will travel to Jefferson to compete in the district contest on Sunday, February 15, 2015. The American Legion National High School Oratorical Scholarship Program has been operating for over 75 years. This “Constitutional Speech Contest” is one of many throughout Georgia and the nation which kicks off the annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program. Winners from each of the fifty states will conclude this year’s national contest in April, 2015 at Indianapolis, Indiana where the first place orator will capture $ 18,000. In Hartwell, each contestant will speak twice starting with a Prepared Oration of between eight and ten minutes. Their material must cover any aspect of the Constitution of the United States of America they have chosen. However, it must be an original work which emphasizes the duties and obligations of a citizen to our nation. Second, four specific sections of the Constitution have been preselected and made known to each participant. In this Assigned Topic portion, one of these sections is randomly drawn at the contest, and each contestant will speak extemporaneously on it for between three and five minutes. Carefully chosen judges qualified to gauge the quality of each presentation will independently grade the contestants, and the combined results of their scoring will determine the winners. Participants must be a citizen and lawful resident of Northeast Georgia; a bona fide student under the age of 20; and enrolled in the ninth through twelfth grade of a high school or middle school (public, parochial, military, private or state accredited home school). Hart County has had winners in the past – and can again!