(L-R) Delbert Parsons-Post 178 Commander, Terry Gilbert-Vice Commander Programs, and participants Anaira Upadhyay, Emma Ko, Mishaal Qureshim, Pranav Kalkunte, and Jedaiah Ward.

Four high school students from the Frisco area were named winners and received $250 college scholarships at the American Legion Post 178 Oratorical Scholarship Contest. The competition was held at The Grove at Frisco Commons on Saturday, December 11. The four orators will now compete at the district contest in Royse City on January 8, 2022, with other post winners from the 4th District.

Each contestant delivered a prepared oration as well as an oration on a randomly assigned constitutional topic. The four winners were Emma A. Ko, a senior, home school; Pranav Kalkunte, junior, Independence High School; Mishaal Qureshi, senior, Reedy High School; and Jedaiah D. Ward, junior, home school.

The American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program began in 1938 and encourages high school students to study the U.S. Constitution and improve their public speaking skills. Post 178 annually holds this contest for students in the Frisco area to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution. The contest presents 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.