American Legion speech contest offers shot at scholarships

Posted on December 4, 2018 by Staff reports

High school students of Navarre have been invited by Post 382 of The American Legion to compete in the 81st Annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program. This year’s program will be held on January 12th at 1pm at Post 382.

This is a multi-level contest where students first compete at the Post level, then progress to the District, Area and then State level.  The winner of the State contest advances to the National Contest held in Indianapolis, IN in April of 2019. 

The contest is open to any student in grades 9 through 12, including home schooled students, public, private and charter school students.   

To compete, the student must prepare and deliver an original 8 to 10-minute memorized speech about some aspect of the Constitution, with an emphasis on a citizen’s duty to their country and government. 

In addition to the awards by winners of the various elimination rounds of competition, college scholarships of $18,000, $16,000, and $14,000 will be awarded to the first through third places in the national finals.  Each state winner who competes in the first round of the national contest will receive a $1,500 scholarship.  Participants in the second round who do not advance to the national final round will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship.  The top three youth orators who have won all previous elimination rounds of the contest will vie for top honors in the national contest in April in Indianapolis.

The American Legion will pay the expenses of state winners at the national contest.

High school students in Navarre who are interested in entering the competition will find complete rules and contest information at In addition, interested students may also contact Post 382 for further details at (850) 936-5888 or email: