Kentucky American Legion



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 2023 Oratorical Contest

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Amendment XIV, Section 1

All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Amendment XVI

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.



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 $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