High School Orators wanted by Legion for Speech Competition

Frisco October 9, 2015 – High school students of Frisco have been invited by Frisco Peter J Courcy Post No. 178 of The American Legion to compete in the 2016 Annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Competition. The invitation to enter this year’s events was extended today by Post 178 Commander Fred Rogers.

The contest for Frisco students has been arranged with the cooperation of school officials and is open to qualified 9th thru 12 grade students of public, private, charter and home schools.

The subject in the prepared oration portion of the contest must be about some phase of the Constitution of the United States government. The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must be 8 – 10 minutes in length.

In addition to the awards by winners of the various elimination rounds of competition, college scholarships of $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000 will be awarded to the first through third places in the national finals. Each state winner who competes in the first round of the national contest will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Participants in the second round who do not advance to the national final round will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The top three youth orators who have won all previous elimination rounds of the contest will vie for top honors in the national contest on April 8 – 10, 2016, at the Wyndham hotel, Indianapolis, Ind.

The American Legion will pay the expenses of state winners at the national contest.

High school students in Frisco who are interested in entering the competition will find complete rules and contest information at txlegion.org or may contact the Oratorical Chairperson.

By Phyllis Sutton

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