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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 2018 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 2018 Oratorical Contest

Amendment 2

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment 3

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

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.

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

Article 2 Section 4

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.



Post 4 - 16 December 10:00 am Western Nevada College Barnett Hall, Carson City, Nevada

Post 37 - 4 January 2018  6:00 pm Fernley Senior Center, Fernley, Nevada




District 1 - AWAITING DATE

District 2  - 18 November 2017 - 0:900  Masonic Lodge Henderson, Nevada  

District 3 - AWAITING DATE

District 4 - 6 January 2018 - 10:00 am Western Nevada College Carson City, Nevada

District 5 - Not Participating



Date   10 February 2018

10:00 am

Masonic Lodge Henderson, Nevada 


Congratulations and Well Done to all the students that competed the 2017 Post, District and Department 2017 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 2017 Department Contest Results:

1st Place - Samantha Ross - Coronado High School, Henderson, NV. District 2

2nd Place -  Sawyer Barnett - Carson High School, Carson City, NV. District 4

3rd Place - Robert Flummerfelt - Faith Luthern High School, Las Vegas, NV. District 2

4th Place Tessa Overholser - Elko High School, Elko, NV. District 3

 The Department wants to extend their personal thank you to the Judges who made the Nevada 2017 Oratorical Department Contest possible; 

Joseph (Joe) Gale - Pastor Fernley Calvary Church
Vicki Gale - Science Teacher Silverland Middle School Fernley
Rhio Moeller - Past Oratorical Judge
Jackie Lovie - Legal Assistant
Kevin Burns - Teacher English/Coordinator Veterans Resource Center - Western Nevada College

To Start an Oratorical Contest for the Youth in your Post's Community contact Jerry Finley Department Oratorical Chairman at (775) 575-0420.



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