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.
This is a serious contest that draws the greatness out of our nation’s youth as they deliver their speech without the aid of a teleprompter or notes. They stand before others and speak as Lincoln and Douglas did many years ago. This contest is not for the faint at heart. Here is a sampler from the 2013 contest. Click to view
Contest details and topics for the 2015 contest are available on the national site. Click here
This contest is now open and you can enter by submitting your application to Chapel Hill Post 6. For assistance and questions, contact us by email by clicking here. To contact the post, see our Contact Us page under About.