American Legion Katy Post 164 is proud to announce the 3rd Annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program for 2017.
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The purpose of The American Legion’s National High School Oratorical Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

About the Oratorical Contest

“A constitutional speech contest”
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.

Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Over $138,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year. The overall national contest winner gets an $18,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $16,000, and third gets $14,000. Each department (state) winner who is certified into and participates in the national contest’s first round receives a $1,500 scholarship. Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The American Legion’s National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.

High school students under age 20 are eligible. Competition begins at the post level and advances to a state competition. Legion department representatives certify one winner per state to the national contest, where department winners compete against each other in two speaking rounds. The contest caps off with a final round that decides the three top finishers.

Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long; three to five-minute speeches on an assigned topic also are part of the contest.

For more information: www.legion.org/oratorical/about or contact the Commander, Katy Post 164.

Oratorical Calendar for 2017

Post 164 Speech Contest: The Post level contest will be held on December 10, 2016. Post level competition is a $250.00 scholarship. Since its inception, the scholarship contest has awarded well over $3 million in scholarships. Contestant names must be submitted to the Oratorical Chairperson, Commander Sheryll Jones, no later than October 30, 2016.

District Oratorical: The District level contest will commence on Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at Post 490 at 7:00 p.m. All participants to include orators must report into Post 490 at 6:30 p.m. This equates to all Post Oratorical Speech writing contest must be completed by December 23, 2016. Your winner must be identified sent to me on the appropriate form no later than December 31st 2016.

Department Oratorical: The Department (State) level contest is slated for Monday, February 20th, 2017 on Presidents Day at a site to be determined in Bryan, Texas. Time of the Oratorical has not been established. Alternate date is February 27th.

National Finals: The National Finals will be held in Indianapolis at the Wyndham West Hotel. Quarter final and semi-finals scheduled for Saturday April 22nd and the Final will be on Sunday the 23rd, 2017.

All contestants at each contest level are required to speak in the English language on the same assigned topic.

Assigned Topics for 2017 Oratorical Contest

Amendment 7
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment 10
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Amendment 16
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

Amendment 17
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.

This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.

2017 Oratorical winner David Hernandez with Commander Sheryll Jones
2017 Katy Post 164 Oratorical Winner David Hernandez with Commander Sheryll Jones