speech contest of the American Legion

American Legion invites high school students
to compete in speech contest

Winners will earn scholarship money, chance to compete in national finals


Lusby, MD – The American Legion Posts of Calvert County invite Calvert County high school students to compete in the Annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program. The invitation to enter the competition was extended today by the Calvert County Post Commander Jay Bolles. The competition will be held at the American Legion Arick L. Lore Post 274 located in Lusby on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (In the event of snow, the competition will be held at the Post on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.)

The subject in the prepared oration portion of the contest is determined by the National American Legion Post. It is about some phase of the Constitution of the United States, emphasizing the duties and obligations of a citizen to the United States government.  The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must be 8-10 minutes in length.

The American Legion Posts in Calvert County: Arick L. Lore Post 274, Stallings-Williams Post 206, Gray-Ray Post 220 and Calvert Post 85; are providing three cash prizes for the first, second and third place winners. The first place winner will have the opportunity to compete in the district competition in Clinton, MD, on Saturday, Feb. 12. The winner of that competition will compete at the Maryland State competition in Towson, MD.

The state winner will be eligible to attend the national finals in Indianapolis, IN. The American Legion will pay the expenses of state winners at the national contest. 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 in April in Indianapolis. In addition to the awards by winners of the various rounds of competition, college scholarships of $18,000, $16,000, and $14,000 are awarded to the first through third places in the national finals. 

High school students in Calvert County who are interested in entering the competition may contact the Calvert County Oratorical Committee Chair, Jon Baki, for more information at 410-326-9133, or by e-mail, jbaki@comcast.net. Eligible students include ninth through twelfth graders in public, private or home schools. 

Additional information can be found at  www.legion.org/oratorical .