Oratorical Championships
Oratorical Championships
The 2016 American Legion National Oratorical Contest once again featured some of the top youth speakers and scholars from throughout the United States. In competition for major scholarship funding, they take their performances extremely seriously. Photos of the behind-the-scenes preparation, excitement and anxiety shown in this gallery are by Clay Lomneth and Lucas Carter of The American Legion's national Marketing, Media & Communications staff.
2016 Oratorical Contest
2016 Oratorical Contest
The top 53 high school orators from across the country competed in The American Legion's 79th annual National Oratorical Contest: "A Constitutional Speech Contest" in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 16, 2016. The top three will compete Sunday during the finals for a chance to win the top scholarship prize of $18,000. Photos by Clay Lomneth/The American Legion
2015 National Oratorical Contest
2015 National Oratorical Contest

Teens from all across the United States gathered in Indianapolis on April 11-12 to compete in The American Legion's National High School Oratorical Contest. (Photos by Lucas Carter)

77th National Oratorical Contest
77th National Oratorical Contest
Fifty-three high school contestants representing their respective American Legion department participated in The American Legion's 77th National High School Oratorical Program: "A Constitutional Speech Contest," at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel in Indiana on April 5, 2014. Photos by Lucas Carter / The American Legion.
76th National Oratorical Championship
76th National Oratorical Championship
Photos from the 2013 American Legion high school oratorical scholarship program held in Indianapolis, IN. Photos by Eldon Lindsay/The American Legion.