AMERICAN LEGION "CONSTITUTIONAL SPEECH" CONTEST ORATORICAL
|John Keys - Chairman - 901-481-8752, John_Keys@bellsouth.net|
|Sherri Mayberry - Secretary - 615-391-5088, Sherri@TNLegion.org|
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 $6,000 will be awarded to students taking part in the state contest. The state winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship, plus an all expenses paid trip to Indianapolis, Indiana, to compete in the national contest, April 15-17, 2016 and a part of the $138,000 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, complete the application form below by clicking on the blue "ORATORICAL APPLICATION/CERTIFICATION FORM" and return it to your local contest Post or District Chairman as instructed. Remember Application/School Certification of their contest representatives must arrive at The American Legion Department of Tennessee, 318 Donelson Pike, Nashville TN 37214 not later than January 9, 2017.
District Contests are from January 14, 2017 to January 28, 2017
|District||Date/Time||Location||Points of Contact|
1/21/2017, 1:00 pm
|American Legion Post 24, 409 E Market St., Johnson City TN 37601||Gary Stidham, 423-914-2990, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|2||1/15/2017, 2:00 pm||American Legion Post 53, 624 Morgan Ave, Harriman TN 37748||
William Cole, 865-209-0076-c; 865-882-0953-h
1/21/2017, 9:00 am
|East Ridge City Hall, 1517 Tombras Ave, East Ridge, TN 37412||Bill Norton, 423-593-6281, email@example.com|
1/14/2017, 10:00 am
|Tennnessee Technical University (TTU) 1000 North Dixie Ave., Executive Dinning Room, 2nd floor, Cookeville, TN 38505||Larry Crask, 931-349-8803, firstname.lastname@example.org|
1/14/2017 10:00 am
Coffee County High School, 100 Red Raiders Dr., Manchester TN 37355
|Paul Gish, (931) 409-0047, email@example.com|
1/14/2017, 10:00 am
|Operation Stand Down, 1125 12th Ave., South, Nashville, TN 37203||
Rick Baur, 615-926-6522, firstname.lastname@example.org
1/21/2017 2:00 pm
|American Legion Post 19, 812 Nashville Hwy, Columbia TN 38401||Charles Sanders, 931-388-2482, email@example.com|
1/21/2017 9:00 am
|Scotts Hill High School, 7871 TN-100, Reagan, TN 38368||Danny Frizzell, 731-968-8627, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|9||1-21-2017 9:00 am||
University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin), 544 University St., Martin, TN 38237
Mike Wright, 731-431-7736, email@example.com
|10||1/21/2017 9:00 am||Kirby High School, 4080 Kirby Pkwy, Memphis, TN 38115||
Rickie Parker, Jr., (720) 333-9189, firstname.lastname@example.org
Divisional Contests are February 11, 2017 to February 25, 2017
|Division||Date/Time||Location||Points of Contact|
2/18/2017 at 10:05 am
University of TN, ROTC Bldg., 1400 White Ave., Knoxville, TN 37996
Marty Everett, 865-399-7715, email@example.com
2/11/2017 at 1:00 pm
First Baptist Church of Manchester, 1106 Hillsboro Hwy, Manchester, TN 37355
Larry Crask, 931-349-8803 firstname.lastname@example.org
2/15/2017 at 2:45 pm
Humboldt Medical Center; 3525 Chere Carol Road, Humboldt TN 38343
Thomas Raines, 731-222-0058 (c) 731-784-4124 (h)
The oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government. The same subject and oration used in the department contest must be used in the national contest.
Contestants may have a copy of their prepared oration while waiting in the first holding room. They may consult the copy until they exit to begin the contest. The copy will then be surrendered to the contest official monitoring the first holding room.
Quotations must always be indicated as such. Where quotations are more than 10 words in length, the author’s name must be given in the manuscript and cited orally.
It is acceptable to utilize or incorporate short phrases in a foreign language to develop the argument, establish a point, etc. It should be understood that the vast majority of the prepared oration and/or assigned topic must still be delivered in English. Singing is not permitted and will result in immediate disqualification. The contestant may, however, quote a verse(s) of a song(s) provided proper attribution is made.
Assigned Topics for 2017 Oratorical Contest
News Release / PSA Templates
- Oratorical Contest Suggested PSAs (PDF / WORD)
- Oratorical Contest Suggested News Release (PDF / WORD)
- Oratorical Contest Suggested News Release (Winner) (PDF / WORD)
Oratorical Contest Videos
- 2013 Schartz Assigned Topic Oration
- 2013 Schartz Prepared Oration
- 2013 Scannell Assigned Topic Oration
- 2013 Scannell Prepared Oration
- 2013 Rieger Assigned Topic Oration
- 2013 Rieger Prepared Oration
- 2013 Oratorical Scholarship Champion
- Oratorical Contest Judges Briefing
Oratorical Judging, Scoring & Tabulation
- Excel Tabulation Program
- Prepared Oration Scratch Talley Sheet
- Assigned Topic Scratch Talley Sheet
- Judge Scorecard
- Judges Briefing
Oratorical Chairmen’s Conference Materials
- 2012 Conference Powerpoint Presentation
- 2012 Conference Powerpoint Presentation (printable)
- 2012 Oratorical Chairpersons Conference Minutes