Department of Alabama 82nd Annual Oratorical Competition Information
“A constitutional speech contest”
March 6, 2021 at 10:00 am, Alabama Department of Archives and History Building
The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. The program has featured numerous politicians and prominent contestants over the years, including former presidential candidate Alan Keyes, national television commentator and talk radio host Lou Dobbs, and Vice-President of the United States Mike Pence.
High school students under age 20 are eligible. Competition begins at the post level and advances to a Department competition. Department contestants will be competing for college scholarship money worth $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 as the first, second or third place winner, respectively. Legion departments certify one winner per state to the national contest, where department winners compete against each other in two speaking rounds. The contest caps off with a final round that decides the top three finishers who can earn $25,000, $22,500 or $20,000 to use at any college/university in the United States.
The Department of Archives and History, 624 Washington St. Montgomery, AL. All are welcome to attend.
The American Legion
Department of Alabama Oratorical Chairman