The purpose of The American Legion’s National High School Oratorical 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.
The start of the program is held at Post 38 the first week in January.
Click the links below to see Rules, Eligibility, Awards, and the Participation Form.
The following link will open a new window to the American Legion State Department past Oratorical winners.
Past Post 38 Participants
Emily Willson - 2012
Congratulations to Emily Willson who was sponsored by Post 38 in the 2012 competition. She represented Post 38 well by winning the Department competition in February. This made her eligible for the National competition in Indianapolis in April. Although she did not win in Indy, she is very thankful for the experience of meeting the other Department winners and all the great Legionnaires.
Update as of April 2016
Emily is actually graduating from college next month with a double major in math and physics. She will be working for the Department of Defense in Washington D.C. after graduation! Her younger sister will be a junior this fall and has already expressed interest in competing in the American Legion oratorical contest next winter.