Nine Oratorical contestants advance to semifinals

The American Legion’s 76th National High School Oratorical Contest got under way this morning at the Wyndham Indianapolis West hotel with 53 contestants representing their respective departments. After quarterfinals, only nine contestants remain standing to compete in the semifinals at 3:15 p.m. (EDT). They are:

Kate Park of Los Altos, Calif.
Jana Minich of Lafayette, Ind.
Agnes Rieger of Kansas City, Mo.
Jacob McHugh of Charlotte, N.C.
Elizabeth Scannell of Goose Creek, S.C.
Rachel Schartz of Humboldt, S.D.
Victoria Vest of Cleveland, Tenn.
Astha Berry of Franklin, Wis.
Dakota Frederick of Guernsey, Wyo.

The top three semifinal contestants will advance to the championship finals on Sunday. Watch the finals live at 10 a.m. (EDT) on