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The American Legion High School Oratorical Program
“A Constitutional Speech Contest”

This marks our 79th year of awarding scholarships in the National High School Oratorical Program. This program was initiated in 1938 to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding among high school students of the Constitution of the United States of America. The participants also obtain the ability to think, speak intelligently and prepare, through understanding, for the responsibilities, rights and privileges of American Citizenship.

National Scholarships awarded annually are in the amount of $138,000.

"A Constitutional Speech Contest"

Participants in the American Legion Oratorical Contest develop leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and are better prepared for the acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, for the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
The American legion strongly encourages any high School Student who is a United States Citizen to participate because it is designated to creat Interest, Foster appreciation and gain a better understanding of the United States.
A single main speech topic related the United States Constitution will be required with a length of 8 to 10 minutes, as well as an "Assigned Topic" that must consume 3 to 5 minutes  of presenter's delivery.  For more details, see link below.
* All District Contests will be held before February 14, 2015. If your school has a contestant, please contact the local American legion Post. Contestants will be notified of the district contest date and location. 
* The State finals will be held on February 21, 2015 at St. Anselm College at 9:00am.
* District prize money varies in each district.
* The Department finalist receive 1st - $1000.00, 2nd - $750.00, 3rd - $500.00, 4th - $250.00, Remaining - $100.00.
* The National Finals will be held tentatively April 10-12, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The State Winner and one chaperone will recieve an expense paid trip to the National Finals.
*For participating in the first round of the national Finals, the State winner will automatically recieve $1,500.00.
* National finalist receive $18,000 for first, $16,000 for second, and $14,000 for third

For More Information:
The Department of New Hampshire
The American Legion
121 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH   03301

Assigned Topics

The assigned topic discourse must not consume less than three (3) minutes or more than five (5) minutes for delivery. The purpose of the assigned topic discourse is to test the speaker's knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research, and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution.

The assigned topic shall be drawn by the contest official in full view of the audience immediately before the last speaker begins delivery of his or her prepared oration and will be made known to the audience and each contestant approximately five (5) minutes prior to the time of delivery. The topic will be on some phase of the U.S. Constitution, selected from Articles and Sections as listed under assigned topics for the current year's contest in this brochure.

All contestants at each contest level are required to speak in the English language on the same assigned topic.

Assigned Topics for 2016 Oratorical Contest

Amendment 8

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

Amendment 26

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Article 1 Section 9 Paragraph 2

The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.

Article 1 Section 6 Clause 1

The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.