The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program
“A Constitutional Speech Contest”
2021 DISTRICT CONTESTS:
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 $20,000 to $25,000.
A contestant must register with their American Legion, Department of Michigan by November 13, 2020. The 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 14, 2021.
The Department contest will be conducted on March 6, 2021, at a place and time to be determined.
NOTE: Contests subject to state restrictions in Michigan Executive Orders at the time of the event.
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 2020-2021 Assigned Topics are:
Article I, Section 7
All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives, but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.
Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two-thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.
Article II, Section 3
He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
Article III, Section 1
The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.
Amendment XXII, Section 1
No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
Questions: Contact American Legion, Department of Michigan headquarters at (517) 220-2754 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1st Zone Oratorical Contest TBD
2nd Zone Oratorical Contest TBD
3rd Zone Oratorical Contest TBD
4th Zone Oratorical Contest TBD
5th Zone Oratorical Contest 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.