The American Legion, Department of Maine
High School Oratorical Scholarship Program
 


Thomas College
180 West River Rd.
Waterville, Maine 04901

February 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Snow Date: February 17, 2018 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! 

Volunteers are needed to help with the program (judges, tabulators room monitors, etc.). Those who are interested are to please call Department Headquarters at 207-873-3229, Oratorical Chairman Don Chase at 207-441-2214 or Oratorical Co-Chairman Tommy Adkins at 469-2616.


Department of Maine HS Oratorical Scholarship Application

Department of Maine Oratorical Brochure

Official Rules

Oratorical Promotional Brochure - National  
 

The main purpose of the High School Oratorical Scholarship Program 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 and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

This contest is for students who welcome learning...
For the student who looks for an academic challenge and an opportunity to gain scholarship monies, The American Legion's High School Oratorical Scholarship Program is a natural fit. Students learn valuable information about our country's Constitution in a contest that has been held by The American Legion for more than 76 years.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Eligible participants in the contest shall be citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States. All contestants must be bona fide students herein described as any student under the age of twenty (20) years on the date of the national contest that is presently enrolled in a high school or junior high school (public, parochial, military, private or home school) in which the curriculum is considered to be of high school level, commencing with grade nine (9) and terminating with grade twelve (12). Students must be enrolled in high school or junior high school during the time of participation at any level of the contest. High school students that graduate early during the school year are eligible to compete if they are not enrolled in a college, university, trade school or other institution of higher learning at the time of the department finals contest. Contestants must either be legally domiciled within or attend an educational institution within the department (state) where they enter competition. Contestants can enter competition in only one department. The three finalists of the national contest will be ineligible for further participation at any level.

The Prepared Oration: The subject to be used for the Prepared Oration must be some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. The same subject and oration used in the Department Contest must be used in the National Contest.
The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must not take up less than eight minutes or more than ten minutes for delivery. It must be delivered in the English language.

The Assigned Topic:
The purpose of the Assigned Topic 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. The topic will be on some phase of the Constitution of the United States.

The assigned topic must take no less than three minutes and must not exceed five minutes for time of delivery.
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Assigned Topics for 2018 Oratorical Contest

Amendment 2 

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment 3 

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment 15 

Section 1. 

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2. 

The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Article 2 Section 4

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.  


State and National Awards

State Level Prizes Awarded:
Students who compete in the contests have the opportunity of receiving money awards toward their future school endeavors. Local Legion Post awards will be determined by the individual Posts, and the district awards by the various districts. On the state level, the first place winner will receive $1,500, second place $500, third place $300, and forth place $125. 

National Level Scholarships Awarded: Scholarship awards are presented to the three finalists in the Final Round of the National Program as follows: 1st Place -$18,000; 2nd Place -$16,000; 3rd Place -$14,000. Each Department (State) winner who is certified into and participates in the first round of the National Program will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Each first round winner who advances to and participates in the second round, but does not advance to the Final Round, will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship to pursue education beyond high school.

The Scholarships awarded by the National Organization of The American Legion may be used to attend any college or university in the United States. Funds for the scholarships awarded by the National Organization are provided by the American Legion Life Insurance Fund.


National Finals: The 2018 National Finals is April 13-15 in Indianapolis, at the Wyndham Indianapolis West. Quarterfinal and semifinal contests are scheduled for Saturday, April 14, with the finals scheduled for Sunday, April 15.

All contestants and chaperones will arrive the Friday of the contest weekend. All contestants and chaperones will stay at the official contest hotel. A mandatory pre-contest orientation session for all contestants will take place the Friday evening of the contest weekend. A banquet honoring all contestants will be Sunday afternoon, following the national championship contest. All contestants and chaperones will depart for home later that afternoon.


For more information, please visit: http://www.legion.org/oratorical/finals


For more information about the Oratorical Contest in Maine, please contact your local Legion Post, or The American Legion Department Headquarters at 207-873-3229, email: legionme@mainelegion.org


State and Local Oratorical Contests of National's Web site



The American Legion, Department Maine 
2017 High School Oratorical Scholarship Winner


MARINA LONG OF WATERBORO, MAINE AND FRESHMAN AT SANFORD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY PLACED 1ST AT THE 2017 STATE ORATORICAL CONTEST HELD FEB. 11 AT THOMAS COLLEGE IN WATERVILLE. MISS LONG REPRESENTED DISTRICT 1 AT THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPEECH CONTEST AND WILL PERFORM AT NATIONALS ON APRIL 22-23 FOR A CHANCE TO WIN UP TO $18,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS. 

CONGRATULATIONS MARINA! 
JOB WELL DONE!!! 


A CONGRATULATIONS ALSO GOES TO ALL CONTESTANTS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE STATE ORATORICAL CONTEST. 




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