High School Oratorical Contest
31st Year in Ohio; 77th Year Nationally
High school students in Ohio, including home schooled, are afforded the opportunity to gain financial awards to assist the students in their pursuit of higher education through participation in The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship program, a public speaking contest on the United States Constitution which focuses on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government.
Department Oratorical Chairman:
Ten Districts Compete in 2017 Department Oratorical Finals
District Oratorical Champions representing 10 of the 14 Districts in the Department of Ohio competed in the 2017 Department Oratorical State Finals held on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in the Bishop Griffin Student Center at Ohio Dominican University, Columbus.
The Department Oratorical State Finals was conducted in two rounds of competition.
In the opening round, held on Sunday morning, the ten District winners were placed in one of two (2) Semi-final competitions with five (5) District winners competing in Semi-Final “A” and five (5) District winners competing in Semi-final “B”.
Conducting the Department Semi-final contests in accordance with the National Oratorical Finals, the winners of the two Semi-finals advanced into the State Finals contest held on Sunday afternoon.
Renee Betterson, a home schooled junior from Berea, (District 13) won the 2017 Department State Finals, with Cole Durst, a Sophomore from Middleport (District 8) coming in as the Department runner up.
Renee Betterson advanced to the American Legion National Oratorical Finals held in Indianapolis Indiana April 21-23.
Department Commander Ron Chapman was an honored guest at the 2017 Department Oratorical Finals and assisted in the presentation of awards to the contestants in both the Semi-final and Finals competitions.
Department Chairman John Looker and the Department Oratorical Committee wish to thank everyone in attendance at the Department Oratorical finals, those individuals who served as judges and contest personnel, and Department Americanism Director Gerald White for his assistance in coordinating the logistics efforts of putting the event together.
Department Chairman Looker especially wishes to thank each and every one of the young men and young ladies who competed in the 2017 Department Oratorical finals for their willingness and dedication in choosing to learn more about the United States Constitution thru their participation in the American Legion High School Constitutional speech contest.
Objectives of the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship program include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and understanding the duties, responsibilities, rights, and privileges of American citizenship.
Over $3,000 in financial awards are presented to students competing in the State Finals of the Oratorical program which are generally held in mid-March at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus.
The winner of the State Finals in Ohio advances into the National Oratorical Competition held in Indianapolis, IN in April.
At the National Oratorical Finals, three (3) finalists are selected and for their efforts are awarded financial scholarships in the following amounts:
1st place: $18,000
2nd Place: $16,000
3rd Place: $14,000
For full details on the program please click on the following link: www.legion.org/oratorical.