American Legion Post 67, Morgan, will again sponsor and conduct the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Contest on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, in the County Auditorium, at 6 PM. The American Legion on the National level has sponsored the High School Oratorical Scholarship Contest since 1938.

Contest purpose. The contest was developed primarily to instill in high school students, a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States.  Other objectives include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Another purpose of the program is to assist students in paying the high cost of a college education.  The first place winner at the National level, will take home $18,000 and the next two finishers receive $16,000 for second place and $14,000 for third place.  First round participants in the national contest receive a $1,500 scholarship.  Second round participants who do not advance to the final round receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. Local winners will receive $100 for first place, $75 for second, $50 for third and $25 for honorable mention.

Here is a brief outline of what the Contest will consist of:

    Each contestant must give a prepared oration on some phase of the United States Constitution, giving emphasis to the duties and obligations of a citizen to his/her government. The Prepared Oration ranges in time from 8 to 10 minutes.

    Then each contestant must give an oration on one of the following Assigned Topics previously selected by the American Legion at the National level. The Assigned Topics oration ranges in time from 3 to 5 minutes. The contestants have to be familiar with all four Assigned Topics because only one of the topics will be drawn from a hat on the night of the contest for all contestants to speak on. Here are the Assigned Topics:

Assigned Topics for 2019 Oratorical Contest

Amendment 1

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment 4

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment 13

1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment 21

1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

A Recap of Eligibility

Eligible participants must be citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States. All contestants must be bona fide students herein described as any student under the age of 20 years on the date of the national contest who is presently enrolled in a high school or junior high school (public, parochial, military, private or home school). The curriculum of the school must be considered to be of high school level, commencing with grade 9 and terminating with grade 12. Students must be enrolled in high school or junior high school during the time of participation at any level of The American Legion National High School Oratorical Scholarship Contest. Contestants must either be legally domiciled within or attend an educational institution within the department (State) that they enter competition. Contestants can enter competition through only one department.

High school students that graduate early during the school year are eligible to compete if they are not enrolled in a college, university, trade school or other institution of higher learning at the time of the department finals contest.

The three finalists of the national contest are ineligible for further participation at any level.

Any students that are involved in high school or junior high school (public, parochial, military, private or home school) and meet the eligibility requirements as outlined above need to call Morgan High School at 801-829-3418 and ask for the Debate Coach, Rebecca Fenton to get further details on how to enter the Oratorical Scholarship Contest at the High School level. There is still some time left but is growing short. Because of time constraints we limit the number of contestants to 5. The Debate Coach and the English Department will determine who the best 5 will be to participate in the local Post 67 contest to be held on January 16, 2019. Best of luck to all who participate.

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