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
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
* The winner of
each Regional contest will receive a
* The Department
finalist receive $2000
$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
$18,000 for first,
$16,000 for second,
and $14,000 for third.