The American Legion Oratorical Contest gets underway in District 2 Saturday afternoon. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade speak with Chairperson Larry Warren:
Warren said two students will be competing to move ahead in the competition. They are required to deliver a memorized four to six minute speech on some aspect of the constitution.
“Once they’ve completed the prepared portion, they must present an extemporaneous talk that’s two to three minutes long on some aspect of one of the amendments to the constitution,” said Warren, “And that subject is drawn out of a hat five minutes before they have to talk about it. So it’s a challenging contest, and they have to be pretty well up-to-snuff on the constitution.”
Trey Van Houtan and Katy Harlan will compete at 1:00 at the American Legion Post in Brunswick.
Press Release from the American Legion
The District American Legion Oratorical Contest for High School Students will be held Saturday, January 5th, 1 pm, at the Rucker-McAllister American Legion Post 7 home in Brunswick, Missouri.District competitors will include contestants who have already won their County Contests, and the District winner will then represent District 2 at the Zone 1 Contest leading to a State Contest.
The Missouri State winner will receive $2,000 in scholarships, with National winners receiving as much as $23,000 in scholarships. This year’s District finalists are Katy Harlan of Salisbury, and Trey Van Houtan of Chillicothe. Miss Harlan has advanced to the District Contest by winning both her Salisbury High School Competition and the Chariton County Competition. Mr. Van Houtan will represent Chillicothe High School and Livingston County.
Contestants will deliver a prepared oration on an aspect of the U.S. Constitution of their choice, followed by an extemporaneous presentation on one of the Amendments to the Constitution.The contest is in its 79th year and was developed primarily to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights, and privileges of American citizenship.
The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program can also provide a financial stepping-stone to further education with some $138,000 in scholarships awarded each year nation-wide.