High School junior headed to Indianapolis for national constitutional speech contest

Brother beats out brother

WYOMING (April 4, 2018)—Aaron Siebelink, a homeschooled junior from Wyoming, will compete April 14 and 15 in Indianapolis at The American Legion’s 2018 National Oratorical Contest, where 53 high school orators will speak on the U.S. Constitution and compete for a chance to earn up to $18,000 in scholarships.

Siebelink, who is active in local theater, won his first round against his older brother, a senior headed to Grand Valley State this fall, in a Zone competition that earned him the opportunity to compete at state level in February of this year. 

Contestants prepare an eight- to 10-minute oration on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, along with four three- to five-minute speeches on assigned topics drawn from the Articles and Sections of the U.S. Constitution.  The contest has been around since 1938 and exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation of the U.S. Constitution among high school students. 

The Oratorical Contest is one of many programs sponsored for local students by The American Legion, Department of Michigan.  Some of the opportunities for Michigan high school students to learn more about their government and earn scholarships for college through The American Legion include a week at Boys State, Girls State, and the Youth Career Law Enforcement Program.   

The American Legion, Department of Michigan, mirrors the parent national American Legion organization in its programs and service to veterans, families and communities, as well as having a working relationship with the Michigan Legislature.   The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 and is the world’s largest wartime veterans service organization. 


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