The winner of the American Legion District Two High School Oratorical Contest was announced following the event in Chillicothe on Saturday.  Larry Warren is the Commander of American Legion Post 25…

Larry Warren

Press Release Provided by American Legion District Commander, Ralph Thomas of Bucklin:

Tomesia Brumbaugh won first place in the nine county Missouri American Legion District Two Oratorical Contest, held at the Chillicothe, Missouri, Jerry Litton Agri-Science Learning Center, on January 15, 2011.  Brumbaugh is a senior at the Moberly, Missouri High School. Second place was awarded to Mallory Young, a sophomore at Chariton County Northwest High School, Mendon, Missouri.  The contestants competed by giving a no-notes four to six minute limit, speech presentation on the American Constitution with a follow up three to five minute impromptu speech on one of the twenty-three constitutional amendments drawn at random. Brumbaugh will compete at the Northeast Missouri Zone competition at Hannibal, Missouri on January 29, 2011.

The purpose of the American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest is to develop a better understanding and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the
ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.