Oratorical Scholarship Program
Oratorical Scholarship Program
"A Constitutional Speech Contest"
Participants in the American Legion Oratorical Contest develop leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and are better prepared for the acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, for the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
The American legion strongly encourages any high School Student who is a United States Citizen to participate because it is designated to creat Interest, Foster appreciation and gain a better understanding of the United States.
A single main speech topic related the United States Constitution will be required with a length of 8 to 10 minutes, as well as an "Assigned Topic" that must consume 3 to 5 minutes of presenter's delivery. For more details, see link below.
* All District Contests will be held before March 1, 2017. If your school has a contestant, please contact the local American legion Post. Contestants will be notified of the district contest date and location.
* The State finals will be held on March 4, 2017 at St. Anselm College at 9:00am.
* District prize money varies in each district.
* The Department finalist receive 1st - $1000.00, 2nd - $750.00, 3rd - $500.00, 4th - $250.00, Remaining - $100.00.
* The National Finals will be held tentatively April 10-12, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The State Winner and one chaperone will recieve an expense paid trip to the National Finals.
*For participating in the first round of the national Finals, the State winner will automatically recieve $1,500.00.
* National finalist receive $18,000 for first, $16,000 for second, and $14,000 for third
For More Information:
Individuals interested in learning more about the National High School Oratorical Contest should contact the following office of The American Legion:
The Department of new Hampshire
The American Legion
121 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301
**Any contestant participating in a Post contest MAY NOT participate in any other Post contest or represent any other post or District level.
Assigned Topics for 2017
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.
When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.
This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.
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