Oratorical Scholarship Program
2014-2015 Rules and Competition Certification Form DEADLINE IS DEC. 12, 2014
|THE AMERICAN LEGION 2014-15 DEPARTMENT OF INDIANA
HIGH SCHOOL ORATORICAL
|1st||Jan. 25||12p.m.||Munster High School (Munster)||Enter Through Door D|
|8th||Jan. 4||1 p.m.||Post 147 (Jasper)||Snow date: 1/11|
|4||Feb. 14||SPEA at Indiana University (Bloomington)||May be changed to 2/15|
|STATE||Mar. 8||1 p.m.||Indiana War Memorial (Indianapolis)|
|NATIONAL - Pt. 1||Apr. 11||Wyndham West (Indianapolis)||Quarterfinals/semifinals|
|NATIONAL - Pt. 2||Apr. 12||Wyndham West (Indianapolis)||Finals|
"A Constitutional Speech Contest"
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 $1,000 scholarship
* The department winner will receive a $3,400 scholarship
Assigned Topics for 2015 Oratorical Contest
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining Witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
The American Legion - Department of Indiana
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Indianapolis IN 46216