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Department of Nevada


Department of Nevada American Legion Oratorical

Scholarship Contest

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.



" A Constitutional Speech Contest"

Students interested in competing in the 2019 Oratorical Scholarship High School Speech Contest please contact Valerie Scheuering Department Oratorical Chairperson by writing her at this email for information on how to enter. 


Assigned Topics for 2019 Oratorical Contest

Amendment 1

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment 4

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment 13

1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment 21

1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.


Post 4 - Date not yet determined

Post 37 - 3 January 2019  6:00 pm Fernley Senior Center, Fernley, Nevada




District 1 - AWAITING DATE

District 2  - 9:00 am - 15 December 2018 Masonic Temple 
 480 Greenway Rd. Henderson, NV

District 3 - AWAITING DATE

District 4 - AWAITING DATE

District 5 - AWAITING DATE



Date   9 February 2019

Western Nevada College

Carson City, Nevada


Congratulations and Well Done to all the students that competed the 2018 Post, District and Department 2018 competitions.


       In each competition, orators delivere a rehearsed 8- to 10-minute address and a randomly assigned 3-to 5-minute oration on a constitutional topic, each without the benefit of notes and in front of a live audience, including the judges. 


The 2.2-million member American Legion developed the contest to encourage young people to improve their communications skills and to study the U.S. Constitution. More than $3 million in scholarships have been awarded over the history of the contest. 

The 2018 Department Contest Results:

1st Place - Ms Lea Gifford Douglas High School Post 4 Carson City, NV.                          

2nd Place -  Mr.Dawson W. Mullen NW Career & Tech Academy Post 76 Las Vegas, NV.

3rd Place - Ms. Kaitlyn Willoughby Desert Oasis High School Post 14 Las Vegas, NV.   

To Start an Oratorical Contest for the Youth in your Post's Community contact:

Valerie Scheuering Department Oratorical Chairman at (775) 722-6516.



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