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October 14 2024
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American Legion Department of Vermont High School Oratorical Contest


This program presents 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. The subject in the prepared oration portion of the contest must be about some phase of the Constitution of the United States, emphasizing the duties and obligations of a citizen. The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must be 8-10 minutes in length. The speeches are done without amplification, notes or a podium. The student must also prepare shorter speeches to be presented in a 3-5 minute format and based on one of four Amendments selected by American Legion leadership each year. All contestants must be bona fide students herein described as any student under the age of 20 years on the date of the national contest who is presently enrolled in a high school or junior high school (public, parochial, military, private or homeschool). The curriculum of the school must be considered to be of high school level, commencing with grade 9 and terminating with grade 12. Students must be enrolled in high school or junior high school during the time of participation at any level of The American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest. High school students that graduate early during the school year are eligible to compete if they are not enrolled in a college, university, trade school or other institution of higher learning at the time of the department finals contest. Please visit the award's website or contact the American Legion Department of Vermont for more information.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • CheckmarkMust be an undergraduate student
  • CheckmarkMust attend a university or a four-year college
  • CheckmarkMust not be older than 20 years old
  • CheckmarkMust currently be a high school student
  • CheckmarkRestricted to residents of Vermont
  • CheckmarkRestricted to students studying in Vermont

How to Apply

What you'll need:

  • Checkmark Application Form
  • Checkmark Application Form May Be Submitted By Mail
  • Checkmark Entry In A Contest
Contact Karlene DeVine
Oratorical Program Chair, American Legion, Department of Vermont
Tel: 802-877-6392 Address 126 State Street, P.O. Box 396
Montpelier, VT 05601-0396