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.
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