The American Legion's Ninth District offers the opportunity for high school students to compete by speaking in American Legion's oratorical contest, which takes place in Elkins in January.
Students from any high school in Randolph County are invited by the American Legion H. W. Daniels Post 29, 326 Railroad Ave., Elkins, to compete in the annual 9th District Oratorical Scholarship competition, also known as "A Constitutional Speech Contest." Students from private schools, religious schools and home school from the ninth through 12th grade also are eligible to compete in this competition.
The subject in the prepared oration portion of the contest must be about some aspect of the Constitution of the United States. The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must be eight to ten minutes in length.
The next phase of the contest will be the assigned topic phase. This phase consists of one of four topics assigned for the current year. The assigned topic discourse must be three to five minutes. The assigned topic will be on some phase of the Constitution of the United States as listed for the current year's contest.
First-place 9th District American Region level winners will be awarded a trophy, a lapel pin and $200. They will continue to the second round of competition in the sectional contest at Romney in February. The 9th District American Legion second-place winner will be awarded a medal, a lapel pin and $150. The third-place winner will receive a lapel pin and $100.
In the sectional competition, the first-place winner will be awarded a medal and $300. The second-place winner in the sectional competition will be awarded $200, and the third-place winner will be awarded $100.
The first-place sectional winner will continue to the state level of competition in Shinnston in March. There, the first-place winner will be awarded a plaque, a cash award and a four-year state college or university scholarship. The winner will advance to the National Scholarship Program. Second- and third-place winners also will receive cash awards.
The awards for the National Scholarship competition are college scholarships of $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000, which will be awarded to the first- through third-place national finals. The state winner who competes in the first round of the national contest will receive a $1,500 scholarship.
Contact 9th District Chairperson Barbara Burdette for complete information by calling 304-645-2737 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.