Oratorical Competition

The American Legion Post 111 is hosting the H.W. Dare Maness High School Scholarship Program, “A Constitutional Speech Contest“.

The purpose of the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States, on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership skills, the ability to think clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights, and privileges of American Citizenship.

The Competition is scheduled for Thursday evening, January 28, 2021, at The American Legion Post at 6:00 pm. The contest will be open to the local Conway area High Schools. Including Conway High School, Carolina Forest High School, The Early College High School, Scholars Academy, Conway Christian School, and the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic High School. The Quadrant Contest will be held on Saturday, February 20th and the State Contest will be held on Saturday, March 13th, 2021. (The Post is located at 3003 Hwy 701 N., Conway, SC)

There are two parts to the speech competition:

  • First is a prepared oration on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government. The speech shall be no less then 8 minutes or over 10 minutes in length.
  • In the second part of the contest, the contestant will be required to select from one of five assigned topics the evening of the competition. The contestants will then be required to give a five-minute speech on their selection.

The assigned topics for this year include Article 1, Section 7, “All Bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other bills”. Article II, Section 3, ” The President shall from time to time give Congress information of the State of the Union.”. Article !!!, Section 1,” The Judicial Power shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the congress may hold from time to time ordain and establish.” Amendment XXII, Section I “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person shall be elected President more than once. “

Scholarships shall be presented to all winners as follows: American Legion Post 111, $500.00 to the winner and certificates presented to all participants. The Quadrant awards 4th place $100.00, Third Place $100.00, 2nd place $300.00, and first place $500.00, with a certificate to each winner. The South Carolina Department awards are 4th place $500.00, 3rd Place $500.00, 2nd Place $1,000.00 and first Place $2,000.00. The National awards are presented as follows; 3rd place $20,000.00, 2nd place $22,500.00 and first place $25,000.00.

The public is invited to attend the speech competition. For more information and to sign up as a contestant for this year’s competition, contact Roger McGuigan, Post 111 Oratorical Contest Chairman at 843-685-0843 or via email at roger28nov@hotmail.com.

Complete rules and regulations for this year’s competition are available on both the State and National American Legion website’s.

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