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American Legion set to host 2022 Oratorical Contest on Jan. 8

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The Naperville American Legion Post #43 is seeking participants for the American Legion 2022 High School Oratorical Scholarship Program.  The local contest will be conducted at 1:30PM Sat., Jan. 8, 2022, at the American Legion Post 43 Headquarters, 10 W. Chicago Avenue in Naperville.

Winner(s) at this preliminary contest may be invited to compete at the District contest on the following Sun., Jan 9. 

The Oratorical Contest is designed to give students a greater appreciation of the Constitution of the United States, while developing leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, rights and privileges of American Citizenship. 

Who, what, when, where and why?

Who: Open to High School Students in grades 9-12

What: American Legion Oratorical Contest, a.k.a. “A constitutional speech contest”

When: 1:30PM Sat., Jan. 8, 2022

Where: American Legion Post 43 Headquarters at 10W Chicago, Avenue, Naperville IL 

Why: Compete for scholarship money with other local students. 

Monetary prizes are available at all levels of competition. Participants shall be citizens or lawful permanent residents of the US. and in grades 9-12. Complete eligibility requirements about the Oratorical Contest are found on the American Legion National website

Further rules and information may be found at the American Legion Post 43 website (www.naperlegion.org/oratorical-contest) or by contacting Neal Kemp at (630) 204-6658, or email at kemp1112@aol.com

Submitted by Jennifer Slown, PAO, Naperville American Legion Post 43

Editor’s Note / Kindly find the following information on the American Legion website: The overall national contest winner gets a $25,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $22,500, and third gets $20,000. Each department (state) winner who is certified into and participates in the national contest’s first round receives a $2,000 scholarship.

Individuals who advance past the first round receive an additional $2,000 scholarship. The American Legion’s National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.

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