Oratorical Contest

Each year The Department of North Carolina joins the 54 other departments and the over 10,000 local posts in The American Legion High School Oratorical Contest.

The contest, open to US citizens or lawful residents under the age of 20 and currently enrolled in grade 9-12, is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the US Constitution and with public speaking skills that can help them with advancement in their chosen profession. Complete rules can be obtained by clicking the links below, contacting NC Department Headquarters or by visiting the National Headquarters Oratorical web page.

North Carolina students begin their advance toward the national finals at their local high school. Each contestant gives an 8 to 10 minute prepared speech on what it means to be a citizen under the US Constitution. Each student must also speak from 3 to 5 minutes on an “assigned topic” drawn at the contest from a list of 4 predefined topics. This topic will be the same for all contestants in the contest once drawn.

School winners have the opportunity to compete in and advance past county, district and division contests to reach the department contest. Department winners travel to The American Legion’s national headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana where they can advance through 3 rounds of contests (quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals) to become the national champion.

Click here for photos of the 2019 State Oratorical Contest.

In addition to scholarship awards presented by local posts the Department of North Carolina provides scholarships for participants of the division and department contests. The national organization provides scholarships for those who compete in the 3 rounds in Indianapolis with the top 3 contestants receiving $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000.

Click on the links below for complete contest rules or contact the NC Department Headquarters for information on contests and scholarships up to and including the department finals.

2020 Oratorical Contest / Scholarship Information

Oratorical Contest Dates and Information:

  • District 1  – Feb 1, 2020, location TBA
  • District 4  – Feb 8, 2020, 1:00 PM, Wilson Co Ag Center
  • District 7  – Jan 11, 2020, 12:00 PM, Post 11 Goldsboro
  • District 8  – Jan 18, 2020, 11:00 AM, F’ville Ch of Nazarene
  • District 9  – Jan 18, 2020, 10:00 AM, St James Community Ctr
  • District 10  – Jan 18, 2020, 3:00 PM, Scotland Youth Develop Ctr
  • District 11  – Feb 1, 2020, 1:00 PM, Post 124 Apex
  • District 12  – Jan 11, 2020, NC Central Univ
  • District 14  – Jan 25, 2020, 1:00 PM, Oak Hollow Mall, High Point
  • District 15  – Jan 18, 2020, 1:00 PM, 1st Baptist Church, Liberty
  • District 16  – Jan 25, 2020, 1:00 PM, Sand Hills Comm Coll
  • District 17  – Jan 25, 2020, 12:00 PM, Post 115 Kannapolis
  • District 18   – Jan 25, 2020, 1:00 PM, King Masonic Lodge
  • District 19  – Feb 1, 2020, 12:00 PM, Salisbury VAMC Bldg 6
  • District 20  – Jan 25, 2020, 1:00 PM, Post 353 Paw Creek
  • District 21  – Jan 25, 20, 12:00 PM, Post 29 Lenoir
  • District 23  – Jan 25, 2020, 2:00 PM, Post 74 Forest City
  • District 24  – Jan 18, 2020, 1:00 PM, Post 70 Asheville
  • District 25  – Jan 18, 2020, Post 108 Franklin
  • Division I  – Feb 22, 2020, TBA
  • Division II  – Feb 29, 2020, 10:00 AM, Scotland Youth Develop Ctr
  • Division III  – Feb 8, 2020, 1:00 PM, Old Guilford Co Courthouse
  • Division IV  – Feb 22, 2020, 12:00 PM, Post 51 Concord
  • March 7, 2020 – Department Final, 12:00 PM, Sandhills Comm College, Pinehurst.
  • If any contests are not listed above, please call.

District and Division Chairmen, remember to report your Contest Dates to Department as soon as your plans are made. It will also be imperative that you keep your contestants aware of their contest dates in your respective districts as turnaround time is very tight for Department to get letters out to the winners at the various levels. National rules apply to all levels of competition in North Carolina. Please review your American Legion National Official rules as well as your Chairman’s guide.

CONTACT

DEPT OF NORTH CAROLINA
HEADQUARTERS

4 North Blount Street
PO Box 26657
Raleigh, NC 27611-6657

Phone: (919) 832-7506
Fax: (919) 832-6428
E-mail: info@nclegion.org

Department Adjutant
Tierian “Randy” Cash
tcash@nclegion.org

Executive Secretary
Deborah Rose
drose@nclegion.org

Membership Manager
Loree Miller
lmiller@nclegion.org

Bookkeeper
Sheila Bayles
sbayles@nclegion.org

Program Manager
Greg Gidding
ggidding@nclegion.org