American Legion Post 109

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Oratorical Contest

Oratorical Scholarship Contest

For 9th – 12th Grade Scholars to Speak on US  Constitution

 Students, Parents and Teachers Invited to Learn about Scholarships and Help for Local and National High School Oratorical Contest

Informational meetings are now set for the evenings of October 20 and November date to be determined; where students and their parents can learn how to participate in the American Legion’s 2016 local and National Constitutional Speech Scholarship program.

 These meetings will be short, but packed with valuable insights about the contests and how extra help can be made available as the contestants prepare for their parts .

Early next year, the 2017 program will start locally with our Hart County contest to be held at a date to be set near the beginning of January.  The public will be 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.  Prizes will be $250.00, $150.00, and $100.00 for first through third place in the Hartwell contest, and the winner will move on to the next level – the district contest for Northeast Georgia,the winner there will go to area, then the winner there will go to state. Monetery prizes are furnished at all levels. American legion Post 109 will furnish travel money and sponsors the local contest.


Students who participate must attend at least one of the informational meetings.

Both informational meeting will start at 6:30 PM and run for about an hour at the Hart County Adult Learning Center (Downstairs).  Light refreshments will be available as local Legion volunteers explain the events, and how they and other local volunteers can be assigned to assist potential speakers with writing and professionally presenting their work once the contest actually gets underway.

The American Legion National High School Oratorical Scholarship Program has been  operating for almost 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.

Each contestant will speak twice starting with a Prepared Oration of between eight and ten minutes on any aspect of the Constitution of the United States of America they have chosen.  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 also 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.  The combined results of their scoring will determine the winners.

Participants must be a citizen and lawful resident of Hart or a nearby county; 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!