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Oratorical Topics

Assigned Topics for 2019 Oratorical Contest


Amendment 1

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment 4

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment 13

1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment 21

1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.



Each District winner participating in the Area Contest receives a $500 cash scholarship and a bronze medal. 
Awards for Area winners participating in the Department finals are:
1st Place - $2000 cash scholarship, a gold medal and a trophy;
2nd Place - $1500 cash scholarship and a silver medal and
3rd Place - $1000 cash scholarship and a bronze medal.
The State Winner qualifies for the first round of the National Contest held at the Wyndham Indianapolis West, Indianapolis, IN. 
Each State Winner who competes in the 1st Round of the National Contest will receive a $1,500 Scholarship. 
Participants in the 2nd Round who do not advance to the Finals will receive an additional $1,500 Scholarship. 
National scholarship awards are presented to the three finalists in the Final Round of the National contest as follows:
1st Place - $18,000,
2nd Place - $16,000 and
3rd Place - $14,000.