American Legion sponsoring high school oratorical contest The American Legion is again sponsoring the American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest.
The purpose of the contest is to install a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States. Other objectives include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for acceptance of duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.
Each contestant must give an eight to 10 minute oration on some phase of the United States Constitution, giving emphasis to the duties and obligations of a citizen to his/her government.
Awards are made to winners of local contest by the local American Legion post. This contest must be completed before Jan. 6, 2002. The winner is then sent to the district Americanism chairman.
The district contest will be in the middle school at 2000 Mulberry St., Yankton, on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. The first place winner there will receive $100. Second place will receive $50.
The district winner will advance to semi-finals in Pierre. On Jan. 26, at First Congregational Church. Storm date for both above contests is one week later.
State finals will be at Cedar Shore Resort, Chamberlain, on Feb. 9. The winner there will a advance to the national finals.
Contact your local American Legion Post, or Almon Adam, district Americanism Chairman, Box 13, Pickstown, phone (605)487-7734.