2021 Oratorical Contest
3rd Vice Commander, Robin Hoyle
District 29 Oratorical contest - February 21, 2021 - Los Alamitos Post 716
3252 Florista St, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Area 5 contest - Saturday, February 28, 2021 - 1 PM
Ontario Post 112 located at 310 W. Emporia, Ontario, CA
Department Oratorical contest - March 7, 2021 location: Post 147 Cecil Cox: 508 4th St, Clovis, CA 93612
Begins at 1300 hours (1:00 p.m.). Attendance is limited due to COVID-19 regulations.
Contact Oratorical Chairman, Bill Boles for more information at (916) 761-1091.
Note: This year's national oratorical contest in Indianapolis, Indiana has been canceled.
National Oratorical information can be found:
How to participate - Contest Rules and Regulations: https://www.legion.org/oratorical/rules
How to conduct the contest and resource information: https://www.legion.org/oratorical/resources
Contest Rules Brochure Chairman's Guide
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 2021 Oratorical Contest
Article I, 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.
Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.
Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.
Article II, Section 3
He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
Article III, Section 1
The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.
Amendment XXII, Section 1
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 was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
Note: The 2021 national oratorical finals have been canceled.
~ The 2021 national quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals scheduled for April 9 – 11 in Indianapolis IN have been canceled. ~
As American Legion posts begin to conduct the Oratorical Contest, they can now promote that scholarships awarded at the
National Oratorical contest have increased after remaining the same for the past 22 years.
Scholarships awarded starting with the 2020 American Legion National Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis are as follows:
- Up to 53 department winners competing in first round quarterfinals will receive $2,000 each.
- Up to 15 finalists advancing from first round to second round semifinals will receive an additional $2,000 each.
- Top three finalists receive $20,000 for first place; $17,000 for second place; and $15,000 for third place.
Effective in 2021, the scholarship award for the first place National Oratorical Contest winner will increase to $25,000;
second place will increase to $22,500; and third place will increase to $20,000. www.legion.org/oratorical
2020 Area 5 Competition winner and contestants
Area 5 Oratorical contest held February 16, 2020 at Redlands Post 106.
Left: Area 5 Vice Commander Michael Weir with District 29 Sandy Schneeberger with district 29 4th place contestant.
The purpose of The American Legion’s national high school oratorical contest
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 qualities, the ability to think
and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance
of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
For more information about the Oratorical contest,
click on "A consitutional speech contest."