Tori Beth Black captured Sunday's National Oratorical Contest. James V. Carroll

South Carolina junior tops Oratorical field

Tori Beth Black - a home-schooled high school junior from Iva, S.C. - capped a busy weekend of competition in Indianapolis by earning an $18,000 college scholarship and first place in The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program - "A Constitutional Speech Contest." Her winning oration was titled "A Rising Sun."

Elizabeth Blessing, another home-schooled student from Auburn, Ala., earned a $16,000 college scholarship with a second-place finish, while Brooke Connor, of Bridport, Vt., earned a $14,000 scholarship and finished third.

Watch an interview with Black here.



  1. Why isn't the Winners Oration online? I saw it in the April 16, 2010 "Dispatch" and would like to be able to have outsiders (other than Legion members)read it.
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