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.
Since 1988, Sykesville Memorial Post No. 223 has been an active participant in The American Legion's National High School Oratorical Contest which exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. The program presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.
High school students under age 20 from Century and Liberty High Schools, as well as home-schooled students, are eligible to participate in the contest held here at Sykesville Memorial Post No. 223. For students attending other schools, please contact The American Legion Post in your area or call The American Legion Department of Maryland Headquarters.
Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long; three- to five-minute speeches on an assigned topic also are part of the contest.
To date, Sykesville Memorial Post No. 223 has awarded in excess of $4700 to the winners of their contests, three of whom have continued on to win at the County and District levels. Of those, two have finished third at the state level and one finished second at the state level to the student who would eventually win the National American Legion Oratorical Contest.
For more information, contact your school's guidance counselor or call Sykesville Memorial Post No. 223 at (410)-795-7242.