The Michigan American Legion Seeks High School Student Contestants for the Annual Oratorical Contest, Grand Prize $18,000

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The Michigan American Legion Seeks High School Student Contestants for the Annual Oratorical Contest, Grand Prize $18,000



LANSING (December 16, 2013) - “A constitutional speech contest” 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 president candidate Alan Keyes and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.

Deadline to register for the first level of competition is January 2nd, 2014; contestants must be sponsored by an American Legion Post.  Contests will be held in 1 of 16 Districts around the state or in 1 of 5 Zones.  9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders under the age of 20 attending an accredited High School program may compete.  Registration applications are available by emailing packet@michiganlegion.org, visiting www.michiganlegion.org/oratorical, or calling (517) 371-4720 ext 11.

The American Legion has over 80,000 members in the State of Michigan and was founded in 1919. The Legion was founded based on four pillars, Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation, Defense, Youth, and Americanism.  Members volunteer thousands of hours every year to the State Veteran Homes, VA facilities throughout Michigan and in their local communities. For more information visit www.michiganlegion.org or contact Mark Sutton, Public Relations Director at (517) 371-4720 ext. 16.


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