top of page


Up to $25,000 in scholarships
High School student, age 20 and under

The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. 

Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights, and privileges of American citizenship.

Posts sponsor contestants to compete against their peers and move up to their respective Districts. Those that win at the district level go on to compete at the Zone level. There are four zones across Indiana. (See maps below) Zone winners compete at the Department (state) level and the Department winner will earn the opportunity to represent Indiana at the National level of competition. There they will compete for a chance to win up to $25,000 in scholarships.

How to participate

Who can participate?
The Oratorical Contest is open to any high school student under 20 years of age. All contestants must be a citizen of or lawful permanent resident of the United States. Students may only enter one District, Zone and State competition.


How to enter?

If a school wishes to enter a contestant in The American Legion State Oratorical Contest, school officials must fill out and sign the “Certification of High School Representative” form found below.
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 assistance contact Wendy McGinness at 317-630-1301 or

Forms & Files

Latest Oratorical News


bottom of page