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Oratorical Scholarship Program

Oratorical Scholarship Program

Jana Minich, homeschooled student sponsored by Post 38, is the 2014 American Legion Department of Indiana winner. She will advance to the National Competition, April 5-6.
Here is a link to one of our Zone Oratorical Competitions that was hosted by the Indiana University's School of Public Education's Facebook page.  Click the link and see some photos of our young contestants and the results.


"A Constitutional Speech Contest"                 Application
Participants in the American Legion Oratorical Contest develop leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and are better prepared for the acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, for the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
A single main speech topic related the United States Constitution will be required with a length of 8 to 10 minutes, as well as an "Assigned Topic" that must consume 3 to 5 minutes  of presenter's delivery.  For more details, see link below.
* Each District winner who participates in the zone competition will receive a $200 scholarship
* Each Zone winner will receive an $800 scholarship
* Each Zone winner who participates in the state competition will receive a $1000 scholarship
* The department winner will receive a $3400 scholarship

Assigned Topics for 2014 Oratorical Contest

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

Section I. 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.

Section II. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment 21

Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

Section 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.

Section 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.

District Contest Winners
1st District Oratorical Contest: Calvin Sanders sponsored by Post 16 attends Munster High School
2nd District Oratorical Contest: Jana Minich sponsored by Post 38 is homeschooled
3rd District Oratorical Contest: Jordi Saunders sponsored by Post 83 attends LaPorte High School
4th District Oratorical Contest: Tiarra Bridegam sponsored by Post 98 attends Central Noble High School
5th District Oratorical Contest: Max Mohr sponsored by Post 6 attends Kokomo High School
6th District Oratorical Contest Paige Murrell sponsored by Post 145 is homeschooled
7th District Oratorical Contest: David Wigington sponsored by Post 18 attends Edgewood High School
8th District Oratorical Contest: Anna Jones sponsored by Post 147 is homeschooled
9th District Oratorical Contest: Jamie Durbin sponsored by Post 250 attends Mitchell High School
10th District Oratorical Contest: Annalee Witte sponsored by Post 119 attends Eastern Hancock High School
11th District Oratorical Contest: Erin Tupman sponsored by Post 3 attends Cathedral High School
Zone contest winners
Zone 1 contest (consisting of districts 1,2,3) Jana Minich sponsored by Post 38 is homeschooled
Zone 2 contest (consisting of districts 4&5) Max Mohr sponsored by Post 6 attends Kokomo High School
Zone 3 contest (consisting of districts 6, 10, 11) Paige Murrell sponsored by Post 145 is homeschooled
Zone 4 contest (consisting of districts 7,8,9) Jamie Durbin sponsored by Post 250 attends Mitchell High School
 Jamie is pictured here with Southern Vice Commander Randy Beeler.
State Contest
Jana Minich, Paige Murrell and Jamie Durbin will compete on March 9, 2014 at The American Legion Department of Indiana Headquarters at 1:00 p.m.
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