2014 Department of Kentucky Finals
High School Oratorical Contest Winners
(Left to right)
Department Commander Robert Bryant
Auxiliary Department President Pat Reynolds
2nd runner up William Hancock
1st runner up Bradley Schwartz
Department Winner Megan Armstrong
Dept. Oratorical Chairman Dave King
Chairman:David King 859-595-6595
Assistant: John Mullins 502-695-3097
The purpose of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program "A Constitutional Speech Contest" is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
Schedule for the 2014 Contest is as follows:
Post Contest - Post Contests are optional. Each Post may bring one or more contestants to their District Contest. It is highly recommended that each Post at a minimum run through a practice Contest in order to better prepare each Post sponsored Contestant. Post's are responsible to notify the District and Department Oratorical Chairs of all their Contestants by 6 January 2014.
District Contest - Each District Oratorical Chairman is responsible for setting the District date and place of their respective Contest and reporting this information to the Department Oratorical Chairman NLT 19 October 2013. All District Contests should be completed NLT 2 February 2014. Results of the District Contest will be reported to the Area and Department Oratorical Chairs NLT 3 February 2014.
1st District Contest - 26 January 2014 - Murray KY - 2014 1st District Winner - William Hancock
(The 1st District consists of the following Kentucky Counties - Ballard, Caldwell, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Galloway, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, and Trigg)
2nd District Contest - January 2014 - NA
(The 2nd District consists of the following Kentucky Counties - Christian, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Webster)
3rd District Contest - January 2014 - NADDD
(The 3rd District consists of the following Kentucky Counties - Allen, Barren, Butler, Cumberland, Edmonson, Logan, Metcalf, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Simpson, Todd, and Warren)
4th District Contest - January 2014 - NA
(The 4th District consists of the following Kentucky Counties - Breckenridge, Bullitt, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Taylor, and Washington)
5th District Contest - January 2014 - 2014 5th District Winner - Bradley SchwartzD
(The 5th District consists of the following Kentucky Counties - Jefferson, Oldham, and Trimble)
6th District Contest - 25 January 2014 - 2014 6th District Winner - Jared RichterTBD
(The 6th District consists of the following Kentucky Counties - Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton)
7th District Contest - 26 January 2014 - American Legion Post 8, Lexington KY - 2 pm 2014 7th District Winner - Tommy Parsons
(The 7th District consists of the following Kentucky Counties - Bourbon, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Lee, Owen, Owsley, Powell, Scott, and Woodford)
8th District Contest - 26 January 2014 - American Legion Post 8, Lexington KY - 2 pm (This contest will be for both the 7th and 8th District with a winner from each District.) 2014 8th District Winner - NA
(The 8th District consists of the following Kentucky Counties - Adair, Anderson, Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Jackson, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Shelby, and Spencer)
9th District Contest - 11 January 2014 - American Legion Post 22, Mount Sterling KY - 2014 9th District Winner - Megan ArmstrongTBAry11 JanuaTBD
(The 9th District consists of the following Kentucky Counties - Bath, Boyd, Bracken, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Harrison, Lawrence, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Robertson, Rowan, and Wolfe)
10th District Contest - January 2014 - NA
(The 10th District consists of the following Kentucky Counties - Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Perry, and Pike)
11th District Contest - 19 January 2014 - Somerset KY - 2014 11th District Winner - Erick Murrer
(The 11th District consists of the following Kentucky Counties - Bell, Clay, Clinton, Harlan, Knox, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne, and Whitley)
Area A Contest - 9 February 2014 - 2014 Area A Winner - William HancockTBD
(Area A consists of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Districts)
Area B Contest - 9 February 2014 - American Legion Post 34, Lawrenceburg KY - 2 pm 2014 Area B Winner - Bradley Schwartz
(Area B consists of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Districts)
Area C Contest - 25 January 2014 - American Legion Post 126, Morehead KY - Area C Winner - Megan Armstrong
(Area C consists of the 9th, 10th, and 11th Districts)
Department of Kentucky Contest - 2 March 2014 - American Legion Post 7, Frankfort KY - 2 pm 2014 Department of Kentucky Winner - Megan Armstrong
National Contest - 4-6 April 2014 - Wyndham Indianapolis West, Indianapolis IN
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.The time allotted for each contestant to deliver their Prepared Oration shall not be less than eight (8) or more than ten (10) minutes and for the Assigned Topic, not less than three (3) or more than five (5) minutes.
Prepared Oration (8 to 10 Minutes) - The Prepared Oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. The same subject and oration used in the Post Contest must be used in the District, Area, Department and National Contest.
Assigned Topic (3 to 5 Minutes) - Approximately five minutes prior to the time of the delivery of the Assigned Topic (see four assigned topics for 2014 listed below), each contestant will be informed of the topic drawn for the Assigned Topic and shall be permitted to retire to privacy under the direction of an individual appointed by the Contest Chairman.
Topics for 2014 contest
Assigned Topics for 2014 Oratorical Contest
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.
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.
Section I. 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.
Section II. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
Section 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.
Section 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.
To become a contestant or request information on-line about contests in our area go the the YOUTH PROGRAMS page on this site and complete the sign up form. A program chairman will contact you shortly.
For information on the National High School Oratorical Contest please contact the Department Headquarters at (502)587-1414. You may also contact the Department Oratorical Chairman, Dave King at (859) 595-6595 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org Additional on-line details may be found: http://www.legion.org/oratorical