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December 31, 2013

American Legion continues high school oratorical contest

MILLEDGEVILLE —

Morris-Little Post 6 American Legion High School Oratorical Contest will be conducted on Jan. 25, 2014.

The American Legion High School Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper 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. 

Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Over $138,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year. Each department (state) winner who is certified into and 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 American Legion's National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.

High school students under age 20 are eligible. Students must be enrolled in high school or junior high school during the time of participation at any level of The American Legion National High School Oratorical 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.

Competition begins at the post level and advances to a state competition.

The Sixth District Contest will be on held Feb. 15, 2014 at GMC ROTC Department.  The Area Contest will be held on Feb. 22 in Dublin, while the Department of Georgia Contest will be held on March 1, 2014 in Perry.

Legion department representatives certify one winner per state to the national contest, where department winners compete against each other in two speaking rounds. 

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