All Press Releases for 03/07/2012


March 2-3: 75th Annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program Competition Hosted By American Legion Department of Illinois



The objectives of the event are to encourage students to develop a stronger knowledge and appreciation of the U.S. Constitution, the rights and privileges of American citizenship, and expand their speaking and presentation skills, and leadership qualities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, IL / PR FREE / Mar 07 2012 --
While the topics might have changed over the years, the standards by which the American Legion Department of Illinois (http://www.illegion.org) conducts its annual competition have continued to attract the highest quality youth to the oratorical.

As in previous years, the 2012 competition will be held at the Peoria Civic Center; this year�s topics encompass speeches on Constitutional Articles 1 and 4, and Amendments 14 and 15.

On Friday evening, a contest briefing will be presented by Department Commander Dave Hicks and Senior Vice Commander Wayne Wagner. Students will tour the contest areas and then proceed to a pizza party at the Four Points by Sheraton-Peoria Downtown.

Early Saturday morning, the 19 semi-finalists representing all 5 Illinois divisions will report to their respective holding room and have their individual speaking order drawn at random. At their appointed time, each candidate will present to the group of five judges, who have been carefully selected and whose judging is independent of all others. In the middle of the day, the number of competitors will dwindle, and highest scored finalists will be presented with awards. Students who take top honors will receive thousands of dollars in scholarship funds and become eligible to advance to the National level competition to be held in April.

Over 30,000 students participate annually nationwide, according to the American Legion. Beginning at the local high school level, contestants progress through county, district and division contests, to reach the department level competition. The objectives of the event are to encourage students to develop a stronger knowledge and appreciation of the U.S. Constitution, the rights and privileges of American citizenship, and expand their speaking and presentation skills, and leadership qualities.

"For three-quarters of a century, the American Legion Oratorical competition has provided an unequalled opportunity to explore the documents created by the Founding Fathers and the concepts which have guided our great nation," stated Department Commander Dave Hicks. "Providing this forum for students in support of their future in a meaningful way is a source of great pride. Each student always brings new perspective, and we are always struck by their conviction and insight."

Scholarships totaling $13,075 will be awarded by the Department of Illinois. Winners will advance to the National Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis, Ind., from April 13-15, 2012, at the University Place Conference Center & Hotel.

MEDIA: For interview arrangements, photo opportunities and commentary, contact Mark Sides at 309-721-3886.

A complete and comprehensive schedule is available at ILLegion.org (http://www.illegion.org).


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