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P.O. Box 2624, Cumming, GA

American Legion Post 307

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ORATORICAL CONTEST

THE AMERICAN LEGION

HIGH SCHOOL ORATORICAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

A Constitutional Speech Contest”

The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to foster a deep knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented 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 program has featured numerous politicians and prominent contestants over the years, including former president candidate Alan Keyes and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.

Winning orators earn generous college scholarships. Over $138,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year. Contest winners receive cash prizes at all levels of the contest.  The overall national contest winner gets an $18,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $16,000, and third gets $14,000. Each department (state) winner who participates in the national contest’s first round receives a $1,500 scholarship. Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The scholarships can be used at any college or university in the United States.

High school students under age 20 are eligible. Competition begins at the Post level and advances to a state competition. Legion department representatives certify one winner per state to the national contest, where department winners compete against each other in two speaking rounds. The contest caps off with a final round that decides the three top finishers.

Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long, followed by a three to five minute extemporaneous speech on an assigned topic.

National Oratorical Contest Flyer

ORATORICAL CONTEST PRIZES

POST 307 CONTEST

First Place … $250

Second Place … $150

Third Place … $100 

DISTRICT 9 CONTEST

First Place … $350

Second Place … $250

Third Place … $175 

AREA CONTEST 

(There are four Areas in Georgia)

First Place … $350

Second Place … $250

Third Place … $175 

DEPARTMENT (STATE) CONTEST

First Place … $1,300

Second Place … $900

Third Place … $650

Fourth Place... $450 

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2016 ORATORICAL TOPICS

Assigned Topics for 2016 Oratorical Contest

Amendment 5

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.

Amendment 6

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining Witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment 8

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment 19

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 sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation

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2017 CONTEST SCHEDULES

POST 307

       

LOCATION

DATE

TIME

CHAIRMAN

 Georgia National Guard Readiness Center, 100 Aquatic Circle, Cumming

Feb TBD, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Ron Meier - ronmeier66@comcast.net

       

DISTRICT 9

       

LOCATION

DATE

TIME

CHAIRMAN

 TBD

Saturday Feb. TBD, 2017

1:00 p.m.

TBD

       

AREA 3

Districts 9, 10, 11

       

LOCATION

DATE

TIME

CHAIRMAN

 TBD

Sunday Mar. TBD, 2017

1:00 p.m.

TBD

       

GEORGIA STATE FINALS

       

LOCATION

DATE

TIME

CHAIRMAN

 TBD

Saturday Mar. TBD, 2017

1:00 p.m.

TBD

       

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Josh Carlson wins the 2015 Post 307 Oratorical Contest

Post 307 of the American Legion recently announced the first- and second-place winners of the 77th annual High School Oratorical-Constitutional Speech Contest held at the Georgia National Guard Readiness Center, in Cumming.

Shown here, from right, are: Ron Meier; chairman; first-place winner Josh Carlson, a junior homeschooler from Johns Creek; second-place winner Shresttha Dubey, a junior from Lambert High; and Post 307 commander Randy McGhee.

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Elizabeth Ann Trinh is the winner of the 2014 Post 307 Oratorical Contest

American Legion Post 307 announced Elizabeth Ann Trinh as the winner of the 76th Annual Constitutional Speech Contest conducted on February 10, 2014.  Elizabeth Ann is a senior at Northview HS.  She received a scholarship check for $250.00 and a First place medal. The contest was conducted at the new Cumming GA National Guard Readiness Center.  The Oratorical Contest, conducted since 1938, is designed to teach and instill in our students an appreciation for our US Constitution and the responsibilities, duties, rights, and privileges of American citizenship.

Shown with Elizabeth Ann is John Arant,  2014 Oratorical Chairman and Past Commander of both Post 307 and District 9 of Georgia.

 

 

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Priscilla Clark repeats as winner in the 2013 Post 307 Oratorical Contest and went on to win the 9th District and Area Contests!

On February 11, 2013 the annual Oratorical Contest was held at the National Guard Armory as part of the monthly General Membership Meeting. The Oratorical Contest was hosted by Frank Singleton, Post 307 Junior Vice Commander, and Phyllis Singleton, President of the Post 307 Auxilliary.  Once again, the winner was Priscilla Faith Clark who received a check for $250, Gold Medal, and Certificate. Priscilla went on to win the District 9 and Area contests, then placed 3rd in the state finals. Clearly, Priscilla Clark has a brilliant future.

Shown from left to right, Geoff Toman, Priscilla, Mrs Clark, Dennis Brown, John Arant.

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Sister and brother take top spots in the 2012 Post 307 Oratorical Contest 

     
 

From left: American Legion Post 307 Legionnaire Kevin Smith, Titus Clark, Priscilla Clark and Post Commander Geoff Toman.

     
 

The Clark family knows their Constitution!

 

 

 

 

American Legion Post 307 held its annual high school oratorical scholarship program, "A Constitutional Speech Contest", at the National Guard Armory in Cumming on Monday evening, Feb 12th, 2012.

Priscilla Clark, a Junior at Buford High School, was the winner f the contest and her brother, Titus Clark, was the Runner-Up.  Pricilla Clark was awarded a cash prize of $250, plus a gold medal and certificate. On Feb. 25, she participated in the 9th District American Legion contest held at Post 201 of the American Legion in Alpharetta and won that contest also!  Now, Priscilla will represent Post 307 and District 9 at the Area 3 Contest at Post 205 in Augusta on March 4th and, if she wins again, will attend the Department competition at Post 160 in Smyrna on March 10th.

 

Titus Clark, a Freshman at Buford High School, received a check for $150, a silver medal, and a participation certificate.

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