ANDERSON-THOMSON POST 98

 

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ORATORICAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Constitutional Speech Contest

               Congratulations to Rachel Korntved who has been selected to represent American Legion Post 98 at the District Oratorical speech contest Saturday January 12, 2013 at Boyd, Wisconsin. A junior at Cumberland High School, Rachel’s presentation “Is the Constitution still applicable” was presented to Post 98 members at the January meeting. Rachel is the daughter of Bob and Lynelle Korntved of Cumberland.

 The purpose of The American Legion High School Oratorical Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of all high school students. Objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, thinking and speaking clearly, and preparation for accepting the duties and responsibilities of American citizenship. Students begin competition at the Post level and progress through County, District, Regional and State competitions.

The Americanism Committee of the national organization of the American Legion establishes contest rules. Each contestant must prepare their own presentation on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. This presentation must be delivered in a timed period of 8-10 minutes. In addition to their originally prepared oration, each must speak on one of four topics, randomly selected from the rules pamphlet. The time allotted to speak on an assigned topic is 3-5 minutes. Contestants are informed which one of the four topics they are to speak on only a few minutes before being called to the stage.

* Each District winner will receive an Oratory Medal.

* Each Regional participant will receive a $600 scholarship.

* The winner of each Regional contest will receive a $1000 scholarship.

* The Department finalist receive $2000 for first, $1500 for second, and $1000 for third.

* Ripon College will award a $5000 scholarship to Ripon to each of the three Department finalists upon their enrollment at the college.

* National finalist receive $18,000 for first, $16,000 for second, and $14,000 for third.