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American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. The 70-year-old program presents 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.

High school students under age 20 are eligible. Competition begins at the post level and advances to a state competition.

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.

Topics for the upcoming contest:

Inspiration and Ideas:

2011 National Champion, Anisha Gururaj’s speech

2010 National Champion, Tori Black’s speech

2007 National Champion, Co’Relous Bryant’s speech (from JACKSONVILLE, FL!!


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