WINTER HAVEN -- High school students are invited by American Legion Post 8 to participate in the 2013 American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship competition.
The contest is open to students of public and private high schools and home-schooled students of comparable age.
All contestants must be citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States.
The subject in the prepared oration portion of the contest must be about some phase of the U.S. Constitution.
The speech must be the original effort of each contestant and must be 8 to 10 minutes long. There will also be a 3- to 5-minute oration on an assigned topic.
The winner of the Jan. 5 contest will receive a $150 scholarship. The runner-up will receive $100 and third-place award will be $50.
The winners will compete in the March 9 Florida contest. The winner who competes in the first round of the national contest will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
College scholarships of $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000 will be awarded to the first through third places in the national finals. The contest will be April 20 to 21 in Indianapolis. The American Legion will pay the expenses of state winners.
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