2021 Constitutional Speech Contest
March 12-13, 2021
Sunday January 31st
The American Legion’s National High School Oratorical Scholarship Program – “A Constitutional Speech Contest” aims to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students.
Scholarships totaling $5,000 will be awarded to students taking part in the state contest. The state winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship, plus an expenses paid trip to Indianapolis, IN, to compete in the national contest for a part of the $188,000 national scholarship pool.
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.
If you are a high school student who would like to participate, or a teacher or parent of a student who would like to participate, please use this website to gain a better understanding of the contest.
To apply for the contest, download the application form in the “Student Application” section above and return it to your local Post, Unit, Squadron or District Contest Chairman as instructed. Remember all applications must be received by the State Contest Chairman by January 31, 2021. Contestants must be certified by their sponsor by February 15, 2021.
Eligible participants in The American Legion National High School Oratorical Scholarship Program, “A Constitutional Speech Contest” shall 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 twenty (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) in which the curriculum of said school is considered to be of high school level, commencing with grade nine (9) and terminating with grade twelve (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 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.
The three finalists of the National Contest will be ineligible for further participation at any level.
Assigned Topics for the 2021 Oratorical Contest
Article I, Section 7
Revenue Bills, Legislative Process, Presidential Veto
Article II, Section 3
State of the Union, Convening Congress
Article III, Section 1
Amendment XXII, Section 1
Presidential Term Limits
The contest will be held at Ephrata High School the weekend of March 12-13, 2021. A mandatory pre-contest orientation for all contestants is held at 8:00pm on Friday evening, March 12th. (Lodging arrangement furnished & mileage allowance will be provided to contestants).
Scholarships totaling $5,000.00 will be awarded to the 1st thru 4th place students taking part in the State Finals contest. The State Winner will receive a $2,000.00 scholarship, plus an expenses paid trip to Indianapolis, IN, to compete in the National Finals Contest for a part of the $188,000.00 National scholarship pool.
The National Finals Contest will be held the weekend of April 9-11, 2021. You are expected to be there all 3 days.
For more information and to begin the process, contact Jr Vice Bryan Sanders at JrVice@Post161.org
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