The Nampa Post of The American Legion will host its 76th Annual American Legion High School Oratorical Contest on Saturday Dec. 13, at 10 am, in the Legion Hall located at 1504 2nd Street in Nampa.
The contest is open to any citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States, under the age of 20 and presently enrolled in a high school or junior high school (public, parochial, military, private or home school).
Winners at the local level are given cash awards. Additional scholarship money is also awarded for winners at the state, regional and national levels with a top prize of $18,000. (Three years ago, Chas Baines from Meridian, Idaho, won second place at the national contest and a $16,000 scholarship.)
Each contestant delivers a prepared oration of between eight to ten minutes on some aspect of the U.S. constitution and the responsibilities of a citizen. They then speak on an assigned topic drawn at random on some aspect of the constitution.
More information about the contest, including a list of the assigned topics and videos, is available at the American Legion website. Everyone is invited to attend.
Each year the Idaho American Legion sponsors its Idaho American Legion High School Oratorical Contest as a way to encourage students to learn more about the history of our nation and its governing philosophy, political systems, and constitutional principles. This is consistent with the Legion’s commitment to help prepare students to become responsible, productive, contributing citizens of the state and nation.