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Oratorical Contest     

Each year, in early February, Athens Post 49 sponsors an oratorical contest for Limestone County High School students (up to 20 years old) who are citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States. This contest is the first step in oratory competition at succeeding levels, which concludes in the national American Legion Oratorical Contest. The American Legion first conducted this contest as an Americanism activity in 1938. The contest provides local high school students, or home school equivalent, the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills and rewards excellence at each contest level. Other objectives of the program are to develop leadership, strengthen speaking ability, develop good study habits, and to prepare students to accept the duties and responsibilities of citizenship.

Locally, Post 49 works with high school counselors to identify interested students so that each high school has the opportunity to be represented at the local contest, which is held at the Post. High school level home schooled students, or anyone who is interested in this program and is having difficulty obtaining information,  please contact directly the Post 49 Representative identified in the last paragraph of this page.

 Our Post awards a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash prize, and the winner goes on to compete at the American Legion District level, District 12. The winner at the district level goes to state level (the locations rotate) in early March. The successful orator at state (first place is a $5,000 scholarship) proceeds on to the national oratory contest. The winner of the national contest receives an $18,000 scholarship. Successful orators at levels below national level may also win cash awards or scholarships as determined by the various oratory contest level sponsors.

The competing students prepare and deliver orations of eight to ten minutes and deliver speeches of three to five minutes on some aspect of the constitution. The subject is announced each year by the contest administrators at the American Legion Headquarters.

American Legion Post 49 oratory program


If you would like more information about this contest please contact your local high school counselor or call Mr. Robert Barry Hooie at (256) 777-0038.






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