The American Legion, Cumming Post 307 announces HS speech contest

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CUMMING, Ga. – The American Legion, Cumming Post 307, announced its annual High School Oratorical Scholarship Program for 2013-14.

This oratorical program is a four-level state contest with winners receiving cash awards at every level.

The program starts at the local American Legion Post level and the winner may progress to compete at the district, area and state contests.

Eligible participants are high school students who will be under the age of 20 years by April 4-6, 2014, which is the date of the national contest.

The contestants must also be citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States. Students of public, religious, military, private schools or a state-accredited home school may participate.

Each contestant is requested to deliver an eight- to 10-minute prepared oration, using some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government.

Additionally, an extemporaneous three- to five-minute oration will be given by each contestant, based on one of four published constitutional amendments. The amendment is selected at the time of the contest and each contestant speaks on the same amendment.

The Cumming Post 307 contest will be held on Monday, Feb. 10 at the Georgia Army National Guard Readiness Center, 100 Aquatic Circle in Cumming.

The state contest will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, location to be announced.

Cash prizes through the state championship can total as much as $2,500 and the national contestants are awarded $1,500 in scholarship money for each level he or she attains as well as scholarships of $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000 for first, second and third place finishes.

Participant’s expenses are paid by the American Legion.

For information, contact John Arant, Post 307 contest chairman, at 770-887-5708 or at jarant01@bellsouth.net