On President’s Day the top student orators in the state arrived in Frisco to win the top honors in the annual American Legion Department of Texas High School Oratorical Contest. The contest was held on February 17, 2020 at Collin College, Preston Ridge Campus, 6700 Wade Blvd., Frisco, TX 75035. Post 178 Commander and State Oratorical Chair, Fred Rogers, planned the contest and was the moderator. Over the past several months in 22 Legion districts in Texas, students competed with their presentation of original speeches on the U.S. Constitution. Each of the 22 districts selected a winner to send to one of the four Legion division contests. The top four speakers from those divisions participated in the final competition. Each of the speakers completed their presentations before a distinguished panel of judges hoping to be named state champion. The panel of judges included Eileen Elledge, Jim Johnson, Jason Mrochek, Jared Patterson, Tom Smith and Paul Jones. Orators were required to create and memorize an original speech on some aspect of the Constitution with an emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government. Each used this oratory throughout the competition. An additional element of the contest required each student to deliver extemporaneous remarks over one of four amendments to the Constitution. The final standings of the four outstanding high school student participants were:
Scholarships totaling $5000, along with medallions, were awarded by Department Commander Jeff Perkins. The first-place winner received a $2,000 scholarship, second-place winner received a $1,500 scholarship, third-place winner received a $1,000 scholarship and fourth-place winner received a $500 scholarship. Mr. Tanner David, the state champion, would have advanced along with more than 50 other winners from across the U.S. to the National Competition in Indianapolis on April 18 and 19, 2020, but, unfortunately, the national contest was cancelled because of COVID-19. American Legion Peter J. Courcy Post 178 was selected to host the state competition for 2019 and 2020. “It was a distinct honor for Post 178 to have been chosen to host such a patriotic contest for the past two years,” observed Post Commander Fred Rogers. Many volunteers from Post 178 and American Legion Auxiliary 178 assisted with preparation before and during the contest. Additionally, a banquet for the finalists and their families, as well as many state officials and dignitaries from the Legion Department of Texas, was hosted before the contest. Learn more about the National, Department (State) and Post (Local) Oratorical Contests at:
On President’s Day Weekend, the top student orators in the state will arrive in Frisco in hopes of winning the top honors in the annual Oratorical Competition of the American Legion, Department of Texas.
Over the 23 Legion districts of Texas, students have been competing with their presentation of original speeches on the subject of the U.S. Constitution. Each of the 23 districts selected a winner to send to one of the four Legion division contests. Now, the top speakers from those divisions have reached the penultimate round, and will vie on President’s Day in front of a distinguished judging panel to be named state champion. $5,000 in scholarship prizes will be awarded across the four state finalists.
The competition will take place at the Frisco ISD Administration building in the Boardroom. Orators were required to write and memorize an original speech on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government, and have been using this oratory throughout the competition. There is an additional element of the contest where a student must deliver extemporaneous remarks over one of four amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and the specific amendment will be drawn on the day of the competition.
After winning on President’s Day, the 2019 Texas state champion will then advance to the National Competition in Indianapolis to compete against 54 other students from across the U.S., for a pool of $160,000 in scholarships.
American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178 of Frisco is proud to have been selected to host the state competition for 2019. “It is a distinct honor for Post 178 to be chosen to host this highly-renowned contest,” observes Post Commander Fred Rogers.
Many volunteers from Post 178 and American Legion Auxiliary 178 are assisting with mounting the competition, as well as with a banquet for the finalists and their families on the night before the contest. During the weekend of the finals, Post 178 and the Frisco area will be host to many state officials and dignitaries from the Legion Department of Texas
The competition is open to the public, and begins at 9:00 am on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the FISD Administration Building, 5515 Ohio Drive, Frisco, Texas 75035. Admission is free.
Learn more about the State Oratorical Competition at https://txlegion.org/programs/oratorical/.
Mathew Welch, representing American Legion, Peter J Courcy, Post 178, placed 2nd in the 1st Division Oratorical competition. Congratulations Mr. Welch!
At tonight’s council meeting, Mayor Maher Maso declared today (Tuesday, March 21) “Yolian Ogbu Day” and “Lauren Keith Day”. Lauren Keith, a junior at Legacy Christian Academy, and Yolian Ogbu, a senior at Lone Star High School, were recognized for representing the local American Legion Post 178 in the American Legion Oratorical Contest, an academic speaking contest.
Mayor Maso and the Frisco City Council recognized Yolian Ogbu for her commitment to citizenship. March 1, 2016 is now “Yolian Ogbu Day”. Yolian Ogbu, an eleventh grade student at Lone Star High School, represented American Legion Post 178 at the American Legion Oratorical Contest in December. The contest is an academic speaking challenge meant to develop deeper knowledge in the U.S. Constitution among high school students.
Find out more about the Oratorical 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