Legion announces oratory contest

The Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post 243 of Plymouth is offering area high school students to display their oratorical skills while competing for scholarships.

The post is sponsoring the annual American Legion High School Oratorical competition, open to all area high school students.

The constitutional speech contest presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities; the history of our nation’s laws; the ability to think and speak clearly; and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

The post will hold its competition Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Legion Hall in Plymouth. The winner will advance to district competition. That leads to regional and state competition in February at Ripon College and national competition in April in Indianapolis, Ind., with scholarships awarded to winners at the regional and state levels.

Each contestant will deliver two orations. The first will be a prepared eight to 10 minute oration on some phase of the Constitution, emphasizing the duties and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.

The second oration is a three- to five-minute speech on a randomlyassigned constitutional topic selected at random from four assigned topics.

Participants are ranked by a panel of qualified judges whose decision is final.

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