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Oratorical Contest

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.

Committee Chair is:  Dale Todd    daletodd@gmail.com



Post 68 holds 2nd annual Oratorical Contest with North Brunswick High School

Madilyn Smith, a sophomore at North Brunswick High School (NBHS), placed first in the John E. Jacobs American Legion Post 68, Leland’s Oratorical Contest – “A Constitutional Speech Contest”- held Saturday, January 9 at the Magnolia Greens Club Room.

Kaitlyn Shields, also a NBHS sophomore and a JROTC Cadet, placed second in the competition. 

Both contestants delivered an original eight-to-ten-minute prepared oration on aspects of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on the duties and obligations of American citizens with Ms. Smith focusing on the Bill of Rights and Ms. Shields focusing specifically on the First Amendment’s Free Speech clause. Each also delivered a 3-to-5-minute extemporaneous discourse on the assigned topic of Article III, Section 1 regarding the establishment of the Supreme Court.

Post 68 Commander John Hacker presented Madilyn with the first-place medal, certificate of distinction, and a check for $500.00.  Commander Hacker presented Kaitlyn with the second-place medal, certificate of distinction, and a check for $300.00.

Smith now advances to the American Legion District 9 Oratorical Contest on January 23rd at the St. James Community Center, St. James Plantation, NC. 

First place winner Madilyn Smith (left) and second place winner Kaitlyn Shields (right) receive their awards from Post 68 Commander John Hacker