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Sign-ups begin for American Legion oratorical contest

December 1st, 2013 11:42 pm by Jeff Bobo

Sign-ups begin for American Legion oratorical contest

ROGERSVILLE — Northeast Tennessee high school students are invited by Hawkins County Post No. 21 of The American Legion to compete in the organization’s annual National High School Oratorical Scholarship program.

The district Oratorical Contest, which focuses on the Constitution of the United States, will be held at Post 21, 1924 E. Main St., Rogersville, on Feb. 1 starting at 1 p.m.

Post 21 Commander Bill Jones said interested students must send an entry form, available from their school’s principal or guidance department, to the American Legion, Department of Tennessee, by late January.

The contest involves two activities: a Prepared Oration (speech) and a speech on an Assigned Topic.

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 citizens to the government of the United States.

The Prepared Oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must be 8-10 minutes in length.

In addition, Oratorical Contest participants will be required to prepare and present a three-to-five-minute speech on an Assigned Topic during the Feb. 1 district Oratorical Contest.

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