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Oratorical Contest

Geeta Minocha, a senior from Vanguard High School in Ocala, Fla., wins first place, $18,000 scholarship in National Oratorical Contest.

Participants from Florida, Iowa and Illinois advance to finals, which will be live-streamed beginning at 10 a.m. ET Sunday on

The Oratorical Contest 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.

State Oratorical Contests

Participate in your local American Legion Oratorical Contest to better understand the U.S. Constitution, as well as the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

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The 2016 American Legion High School Oratorical National Finals will be held on April 15-17 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel.

The certification of department winners are due to National Headquarters by March 18, 2016.


46th Annual Meeting of Department Oratorical Chairman

On September 25 - 27, 2015 The American Legions Americanism Division will conduct the 46th Annual Meeting of Department Oratorical Chairman during the 17th Annual Combined Americanism Council Conference.

The conference session will be held in Indianapolis, IN and is for all American Legion Oratorical Department Chairmen and or their designees.

Click here for Conference and Hotel registration


How To Conduct The Oratorical Contest

A video training series about how to conduct the Oratorical Contest in your department.

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