The purpose of The American Legion’s National High School Oratorical Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties andsponsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
The contest is open to high school students, grades 9 to 12.
2019 ORATORICAL CONTEST
Click here for the 2019 Oratorical Assigned Topics
The Department (State of Maryland) Contest: It was held March 3, 2019, at Stevenson University in Owing Mills, MD. The winner of the state contest goes to the national contest in April, and is invited to speak at our state convention in Ocean City on July 18, 2019.
The National Contest: To be held April 6-8, 2019 at Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel, Indianapolis, IN
Fifty-three high school orators are headed to Indianapolis April 6-8 to compete in The American Legion's 82nd annual National Oratorical Contest to speak on the U.S. Constitution and compete for $48,000 in scholarships. The competitors won their respective American Legion post, district and state-level Oratorical Contest to earn a spot at the national level.
The contest will get underway April 6 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel with the young orators competing in the quarterfinals; the top nine contestants will advance to the semi-finals. The contestants will present a rehearsed eight- to 10-minute oration on an aspect of the Constitution in front of judges, as well as a three to five minute speech on an assigned topic discourse — a phase of the Constitution selected from its Articles and Sections. The top three semi-final contestants will advance to the championship finals.
The championship finals will be held Sunday, April 7 at 10 a.m. EDT, and will be streamed on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/americanlegionhq.
2018 ORATORICAL CONTEST
Click here to see the 2018 Oratorical Contest Winners