American Legion Oratorical Contest


The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students.

The overall national contest winner gets a $25,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $22,500, and third gets $20,000.

The American Legion assigns new topics based on Constitutional Amendments each year and all contestants must use the assigned national topics in their orations.

Your Fort Scott American Legion is seeking Bourbon County students to participate in a program to prepare for the February 2021 Fort Scott oratorical competition.

Interested students must be in grades 9 – 12 and can be enrolled in public, private or homeschooled.

Ideally, each oratorical contestant should be willing to meet one Saturday morning a month through January and present both an 8 – 10 minute prepared oration and a 3 -5 minute assigned topic to three judges, who will evaluate their orations and provide feedback to prepare for their next presentation.

There is no reason why a local Bourbon County student, with preparation, cannot go all the way to National for the top American Legion oratorical prizes.

The American Legion Oratorical competition is unique in that competitors can compete each year until they graduate high school or win the national competition.

Any student who is interested in participating in the local American Legion competition should email American Legion Post Commander Carl Jowers at 620.215.1688 or email him at [email protected] for more information.


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