2011 Oratorical Contest - Winner Brittany Johnson


Pictured above are the 2011 Highland Post 201 American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest Participants.  Left to right are:  Maggie Carnes, Erin Jewell, Jonathan Joseph, Brittany Johnson and Farzad Khosravi.

Highland Post 201 held its 2011 Oratorical Contest on Sunday, January 30th in the Log Cabin.  The Oratorical Contest is part of the American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest.  Contestants compete at the Post level and advance through the District, Area, Department and finally National.  We were honored with five contestants.  They were Maggie Carnes, a senior from Presentation Academy, Erin Jewell, a senior from duPont Manual, Jonathan Joseph, a senior from Butler, Brittany Johnson, a junior from Fern Creek and  Farzad Khosravi, a junior from Eastern.

The winner of the contest was Brittany Johnson who will be competing in the Area Contest, scheduled for February 13st  at  the American Legion Post 34 in Lawrenceburg, KY. 

We are very proud of all of our contestants and wish the best to Brittany as she advances through the stages. 

Thanks to all the legionaries who took part in making the contest a success.  

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.

Schedule for the 2012 Contest is as follows:


Post Contest - Post Contests are optional. Each Post may bring one or more contestants to their District Contest. It is highly recommended that each Post at a minimum run through a practice Contest in order to better prepare each Post sponsored Contestant.

District Contest - All District Contests must be completed and reported NLT 6 February 2012. Each District Oratorical Chairman is responsible for setting the District date and insuring their Contest follows the rules and regulations as recommended by National.

Post/District Contest - ?? January 2011 – Location TBD

Area Contests - 12 February 2012

Department Contest - Frankfort - 4 March 2012

National Contest - Indianapolis - 13-15 April 2012

Each District winner participating in the Area Contest receives a $200 cash scholarship and a bronze medal. Awards for Area winners participating in the Department finals are: 1st Place - $2000 cash scholarship, a gold medal and a trophy; 2nd Place - $1500 cash scholarship and a silver medal and 3rd Place - $1000 cash scholarship and a bronze medal.

The state winner qualifies for the first round of the National Contest held at the IUPUI Convention Center and Hotel, Indianapolis, IN. Each State Winner who competes in the 1st Round of the National Contest will receive a $1,500 Scholarship. Participants in the 2nd Round who do not advance to the Finals will receive an additional $1,500 Scholarship. National scholarship awards are presented to the three finalists in the Final Round of the National contest as follows: 1st Place - $18,000, 2nd Place - $16,000 and 3rd Place - $14,000.

The time allotted for each contestant to deliver their Prepared Oration shall not be less than eight (8) or more than ten (10) minutes and for the Assigned Topic, not less than three (3) or more than five (5) minutes.

Prepared Oration(8 to 10 Minutes) - The Prepared Oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. The same subject and oration used in the Post Contest must be used in the District, Area, Department and National Contest.

Assigned Topic(3 to 5 Minutes) - Approximately five minutes prior to the time of the delivery of the Assigned Topic (see four assigned topics for 2011 listed below), each contestant will be informed of the topic drawn for the Assigned Topic and shall be permitted to retire to privacy under the direction of an individual appointed by the Contest Chairman.

Topics for 2012 contest

Article I, section 9, clause 2:"The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it."

Article IV, section 2, clause 1:"The citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens of the several states."

Amendment 14, section 2, first sentence:"Representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed."

Amendment 15, section 1:"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."

To become a contestant or request information on-line about contests in our area go the the YOUTH PROGRAMS page on this site and complete the sign up form. A program chairman will contact you shortly.

For information on the National High School Oratorical Contest please contact the Department Headquarters at (502)587-1414. You may also contact the Department Oratorical Chairman, Dave King at (859) 595-6595 or email at dlking@bellsouth.netAdditional on-line details may be found: http://www.legion.org/oratorical