The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program

“A Constitutional Speech Contest”

Registration is closed for the 2019 Oratorical Competition –

The American Legion Oratorical contests can be financially as well as educationally rewarding. High School students who are U. S. citizens or lawful residents can hone their speaking skills, while learning about the U.S. Constitution.

Department level scholarship awards range from $800 to $1500, with Zone runner-ups receiving $200. At the National level they range from $14,000 to $18,000.

A contestant must register with their American Legion, Department of Michigan by November 20, 2018.  Your Zone Chairman will notify you of the dates, times and locations of all contests at the District and Zone level.  All Zone contests will be conducted before February 11, 2019.

The Department contest will be conducted on March 2, 2019 at Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, at 1:00 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend. There will be opportunities to take photographs at the awards ceremony, but not during the actual contest. If space permits, an unattended, tripod mounted video camera may tape the entire contest, but not a single contestant.  The American Legion, Department of Michigan reserves the right to preclude any videotaping if it prevents the audience present from fully enjoying the contest.

The four Constitutional amendments for the assigned topic are:

Amendment 1

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment 4

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment 13

  1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
  2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment 21

  1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
  2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.
  3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

Questions:  Contact American Legion, Department of Michigan headquarters at 517-371-4720 ext 23 or email at legion@michiganlegion.org.

1st Zone Oratorical Contest 2018-2019 TBD

2nd Zone Oratorical Contest 2018-2019 TBD

3rd Zone Oratorical Contest 2018-2019 TBD

4th Zone Oratorical Contest 2018-2019 TBD

5th Zone Oratorical Contest -2018-2019 TBD

What does a winning speech look like? 

Aaron Seibelink, the 2018 Department of Michigan Oratorical Contest winner gave his speech “1984=2018” at the Departments Annual Convention.

2019 Oratorical Tri-fold