3rd Vice Commander, Robin Hoyle
Department Oratorical contest - Date change
Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 1 p.m.
Norton AFB Museum, San Bernardino
Click on flyer for readable PDF.
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.
* New change effective 2021 *
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
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."