A Champion is Crowned!
The American Legion Department of Ohio (3/25/18) — A high school student from Berea, Ohio is the winner of the Department of Ohio American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program “A Constitutional Speech Contest”.
Renee Betterson won the contest held at the American Legion Department of Ohio. Renee Betterson, a senior earned $2,000 scholarship and will now 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.
First and second round participants in the national contest will receive a $1,500 scholarship. The first-place winner of the national contest will earn a $18,000 scholarship and the next two finishers receive $16,000 and $14,000.
Each contestant delivered a prepared oration as well as an oration on a randomly assigned constitutional topic. Renee Betterson, impressed the judges with a speech titled, The Pursuit of Happiness.
Neha Badam, a senior from Gahanna, Ohio came in second place earning a $1,000 scholarship.
A special thanks to all other contestants for representing their district.
Lucas Blanchong; John Kent; Madeline Stiles; Rylie Erb; Andrew White; Richard Davis; Hannah Horsington; Evan Hennington; Faith Triplett
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.