Kentucky American Legion

AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF KENTUCKY

 
 

Assigned Oratorical Topics

Oratorical Contest Assigned Topics

The assigned topic discourse must not consume less than three (3) minutes or more than five (5) minutes for delivery. The purpose of the assigned topic discourse is to test the speaker's knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research, and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution.

The assigned topic shall be drawn by the contest official in full view of the audience immediately before the last speaker begins delivery of his or her prepared oration and will be made known to the audience and each contestant approximately five (5) minutes prior to the time of delivery. The topic will be on some phase of the U.S. Constitution, selected from Articles and Sections as listed under assigned topics for the current year's contest in this brochure.

All contestants at each contest level are required to speak in the English language on the same assigned topic.

Assigned Topics for 2024 Oratorical Contest

Amendment II – A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment XXIII – The District constituting the seat of Government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct:     A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State, but in no event more than the least populous State; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the State, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice President, to be electors appointed by a State; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.

Amendment XXV, Section 3 – Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.

Amendment V – No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, not be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

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ORATORICAL AWARDS
 
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 Hillsdale College in Michigan. 
 
Each State Winner who competes in the 1st Round of the National Contest will receive a $2,000 Scholarship. 
 
Participants in the 2nd Round who do not advance to the Finals will receive an additional $2,000 Scholarship. 
 
National scholarship awards are presented to the three finalists in the Final Round of the National contest as follows:
1st Place - $25,000.00
2nd Place - $22,500.00
3rd Place - $20.000.00