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!

1st Place- Mercy Persing- District 4

The American Legion Department of Ohio held our Department Oratorical Contest this past Sunday at Department Headquarters.
The 2022 Contestants were….
  • District 1- Ben Saunders
  • District 2- Tyler Rowen
  • District 3- Emily Schutte
  • District 4- Mercy Persing
  • District 6- Mary Betterson
  • District 12- Georgetta Wright
First Place was won by District 4- Mercy Persing, and Second Place was won by District 6- Mary Betterson.
We would like to congratulate all the participants of the 2022 Department Oratorical Contest, as well as thank Sons of The American Legion National Vice Commander Jeff Vrabel Sr. and American Legion Auxiliary National Chaplain Carol T. Robinson for helping us award the contestants.
Good Luck Mercy! Represent Ohio well at the National Oratorical Contest!

 

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.

 

2022 State Oratorical Contestants

Oratorical Committee Members

DISTRICT 1
Conor Evans

DISTRICT 2
John McJunkin

DISTRICT 3
William ‘Bill’ Carpenter

DISTRICT 4
John Looker (Chairman)

DISTRICT 5
TBD

DISTRICT 6
Roy Terry

DISTRICT 7
Patricia Dewees

DISTRICT 8
Robert Schmoll Jr.

DISTRICT 9
Gary Minadeo

DISTRICT 10
Edward Long

DISTRICT 11
Richard Johnson

DISTRICT 12
Malcolm Glasgow

DISTRICT 13
Stanley Popek

DISTRICT 14
Howard McClain

Contest Dates

  • District Contests
  1. District 1 – TBD
  2. District 2 – TBD
  3. District 3 – TBD
  4. District 4 – TBD
  5. District 6 – TBD
  6. District 9 – TBD
  7. District 10 – TBD
  8. District 12 – TBD
  9. District 13 – TBD
  • Department Date- TBD
  • National Date- April 22-24, 2022

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.

Interested in signing up for the Oratorical Contest?

Fill out the form below, thank you.
  • MM slash DD slash YYYY