Arrangements for contests leading up to the department finals shall be the responsibility of each American Legion department. For competition prior to the department finals, the contest rules and regulations are not mandatory; they are offered as guidelines. However, all department finals contests shall conform with national contest procedures, rules and regulations.

Departments that don’t conduct their final competitions in conformity with rules and regulations may have their winners disqualified from the national contest, per the judgment of the director of the Americanism and Children & Youth Division, or his representative.

Each department may certify one contestant to the national contest. If for any reason the department finals winner is unable to compete in the national contest, the runner-up may be substituted following approval from the National Americanism Commission. A runner-up accepted into national competition will be entitled to all national awards, entitlements and compensation that the department winner would have received had he or she participated.

Department contests must be conducted by and winners must be certified to:

National Americanism and Children & Youth Division
The American Legion National Headquarters

P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206

Department winners must be certified no later than March 18, 2017. Failure to meet this deadline could result in disqualification of the contestant.