Summary of the Oratorical Program:

The Oratorical Program is a function of the American Legions’ “Americanism Pillar”. The Oratorical Program is a constitutional speech contest for high school students and it offers scholarships upwards of $25,000. The contest has a prepared oration and an assigned topic which is assigned the day of the contest. The prepared oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government. The same subject and oration used in the department contest must be used in the national contest. The purpose of the assigned topic discourse is to test the speaker’s knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research, and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution.

A Champion is Crowned!

Liberty Menke, New Knoxville Post 444, District 2

 

Liberty Menke, from New Knoxville Post 444, District 2 is the 2021 winner of the Department of Ohio American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program “A Constitutional Speech Contest”.

She earned $2,500 in scholarship monies but unfortunately will not able compete at the National contest held in Indianapolis, Indiana against winners of contests from the other 52 states and territories of these United States of America. However, since the National Oratorical Contest was cancelled, National is honoring all Department winners by giving them an additional $2,000 scholarship.

The 2021 Department Oratorical Contest had 5 District winners participate this year. Each contestant delivered a prepared oration as well as an oration on a randomly assigned constitutional topic

Honor Persing, from Blanchester Post 173, District 4 came in second place earning a $1,500 scholarship.

A special thanks to all other contestants for representing their districts.

3rd Place- Emily Schutte, General Daniel Chapie James Post 776, District 3

4th Place- Ron Chajmovic, Brewer Tarasco Post 7, District 9

5th Place- Ben Saunders, Delta Post 373, District 1

Since 1938, The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program has encouraged the nation’s high school students to study the U.S. Constitution and to hone their public speaking skills.

 

Oratorical Committee Members

DISTRICT 1
Stanley Oren

DISTRICT 2
John McJunkin

DISTRICT 3
William ‘Bill’ Carpenter

DISTRICT 4
John Looker (Co-Chairman)

DISTRICT 5
TBD

DISTRICT 6
Roy Terry (Co-Chairman)

DISTRICT 7
Patricia Dewees

DISTRICT 8
Robert Schmoll Jr.

DISTRICT 9
Gary Minadeo

DISTRICT 10
Edward Long

DISTRICT 11
Victor Smith

DISTRICT 12
Thomas Rowe Jr.

DISTRICT 13
John Betterson

DISTRICT 14
Robert ‘Bob’ Carson

Contest Dates

  • District Contests
    • District 1- February 7th
    • District 2- Fed 21st
    • District 3- Feb 21
    • District 4- Feb 21
    • District 5-
    • District 6- Jan 31
    • District 7-
    • District 8-
    • District 9- Feb 7
    • District 10- Feb 21
    • District 11-
    • District 12-
    • District 13-
    • District 14- Feb 7
  • Department Date- Sunday March 7th, 2021 at 10:00AM
  • National Date- April 10th and 11th, 2021

The American Legion Oratorical Rules brochure for 2022 now is available on the Legion website at https://www.legion.org/oratorical/resources or www.legion.org/publications. The updated Rules brochure contains the assigned topics for 2022, which may also be found at https://www.legion.org/oratorical/topics.

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