(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.
Eleven high school students from the Frisco area have registered to compete for college scholarships at the American Legion Post 178 Oratorical Scholarship Contest. The competition will be held on Saturday, December 11 at 9 A.M. at The Grove at Frisco Commons, 8300 McKinney Rd, Frisco, TX 75034.
Orators are 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. Additionally, the contest requires the orator to deliver extemporaneous remarks regarding one of four amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The specific amendment will be drawn on the day of the competition.
Four winners will be selected to proceed to the district contest in Royse City on January 8, 2021. They will compete with winners from other posts in the 4th District. The contest is open to the public and admission is free.
Learn more about the American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178 at friscolegion.org.
The Frisco Community Parade was held on November 13 to mark Veterans Day and to celebrate community pride. The parade, which was originally a homecoming parade when Frisco was home to one high school, featured floats, school marching bands, high school football teams, cheerleaders, scouts, civic organizations, youth sports teams, Frisco-based professional sports teams, and local businesses.
The Frisco Community Parade is a collaboration between the City of Frisco, Frisco Independent School District, Frisco Chamber of Commerce, and the Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee.
For the seventh year, Post 178 will provide needed hygiene, clothing, and other personal items through donations for the 117 veterans that reside at the Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham, Texas. Please help by donating either by mailing a check to Terry Meyering, 7763 Sunflower Way, Frisco, TX 75033 or going online to friscolegion.org/donate – just select Bonham State Veterans Home. Cash, and purchased items should be turned in at the November 15, 2021, membership meeting, held at The Grove at Frisco Commons, Commons Hall, 8300 McKinney Road, Frisco, Texas 75034. You may also bring a check if you have not already mailed it in. 100% of donations to this fund will go to the Bonham Veterans Home. These veterans will appreciate your generosity. No donation is too small, and all are appreciated.
Donation Items Needed for Bonham Veterans Home
- Small snack cakes, jellybeans, chips
- Small individual packages of snack food
- Crossword puzzle books; magazines
- New men’s undershirts, sizes L & XL
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Chocolate and hard candy
- Pull over hats and gloves
- Cans of nuts & popcorn
- Bars of Soap
- Lap Blankets
- Hand Lotion
It is the time of year for donating wreaths for the Dallas – Ft. Worth National Cemetery. The deadline for donations is December 1. Currently, 48,500 wreaths are needed to ensure no veteran is left behind.
Go to www.honordfw.com to donate. For every two wreaths donated at this site, a third will be received free. If you would prefer to donate by check, make it payable to Wreaths Across America and mail to 1672 Angel Falls Dr., Frisco, TX 75036.
This year’s ceremony will be on December 18, 2021, at 10:50 A.M. If attending, please arrive by 10 A.M. to allow time for traffic and parking.
If you are unable to attend and would like a wreath laid on a loved one’s grave, please forward the name of the veteran, section, and site number to the address above and a volunteer will lay the wreath.
Carpooling from the Walmart parking lot at FM 423 & Stonebrook will occur on the following dates:
– Truck unloading – December 17th 8:00 A.M.
– Ceremony & placement – December 18th 9:00 A.M.
– Removal – January 15, 2022 7:30 A.M.