Monroe County American Legion

Oratorical Contest

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.

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             This high school oratorical scholarship program, formally entitled “A Constitutional Speech Contest”, has been in existence since 1938 offering high school students under the age of 20 the opportunity to earn scholar ship money.  Each of the three top national winners currently earn in excess of $20,000 for their efforts and the first place contestent in New York State was awarded $6,000.00 this past year.

            The main purpose of the American Legion High School Scholarsip Program is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the U.S. Constitution aong students.  Participants also grow in leadership ability, their capacity to think and sepeak clearly and intelligently and understanding of the rights, responsibilities, obligations and privileges of U.S. citizens

            Eligible participants shall be citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States.  They must be enrolled in a high school or junior high school (public, parochial, military, private or state accredited home school) in which the curriculum is considered to be high-school level, commencing with grade 9 and terminating with grade 12.

            Contestants must be legally domiciled within or attend an educational institution within the state where they enter competition.

            Those interested in participating in the program or desiring additional information including applications to the program may contact Chairman Rene Vanmulem via e-mail at