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Watch 77th National Oratorical Contest live

The American Legion's National Oratorical Contest gets underway in Indianapolis at the Wyndham West Hotel on April 5 at 9:45 a.m. (EDT) with 53 high school students from across the country competing in the quarterfinals, followed by the top nine contestants from the quarterfinals advancing to the semifinals at 3:15 p.m.

The top three semifinal winners will advance to the national championship finals on April 6 at 10 a.m. Visit www.legiontv.org to watch the top three National Oratorical Contest finalists compete live for a chance to win first place and an $18,000 scholarship.


  1. Congratulations to Aswath for winning finalist.Iam thrilled and proud.Good Luck as you go forward in MEDICINE. Uncle velu.
  2. Congratulations to Mr. Kumar and the other finalist for a job very well done. Each of you and the other contestants were great.
  3. Congratulations to all the students who took the time and put forth the effort to compete. Best of luck to all the finalists!
  4. Congratualtions on being one of the top 3 contestants. I saw you at the State Convention in Jeff City and I am hoping you will be number one in the National contest. I am so proud of you.
  5. We are all praying Emma Schalk will be the first from Maine to win the competition. Win, lose, or draw we are very proud to have her represent the state of Maine.
  6. Hello, I'm a Connecticut Yankee and wondered if the results have been posted yet? Good Luck to Emma Schalk!
  7. Congratulations to Emma Schalk from Sabattus, Maine. We are very proud of you. Good luck as you go forward.
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