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Watch 77th National Oratorical Contest live

The American Legion's National Oratorical Contest gets underway in Indianapolis at the Wyndham West Hotel on April 5 at 9:45 a.m. (EDT) with 53 high school students from across the country competing in the quarterfinals, followed by the top nine contestants from the quarterfinals advancing to the semifinals at 3:15 p.m.

The top three semifinal winners will advance to the national championship finals on April 6 at 10 a.m. Visit www.legiontv.org to watch the top three National Oratorical Contest finalists compete live for a chance to win first place and an $18,000 scholarship.