73rd Annual National American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program (A Constitutional Speech Contest)

Tournament Information

Date: 04/09/2010
Tournament Location: IUPUI University Place Conference Center in Indianapolis


Tournament Results

1. Victoria Black (received a $18,000 college scholarship) - piece title "A Rising Sun" - home-schooled HS junior (Iva, S.C.)

2. Elizabeth Blessing (received a $16,000 college scholarship) - piece title "Pass It On" - home-schooled student (Auburn, Ala.)

3. Brook Conner (received a $14,000 college scholarship) - piece title "Putting Together the Constitutional Puzzle" - (Bridport, Vt.)

Other six semi-finalists:

Derek Schulze (Warrenton, Mo.)

Kelsey Marsolek (Independence, Wis.)

Mitchell Murdock (Kingston, Wash.)

Madison Kircher (Queensbury, N.Y.)

Aleksandr Fedyszyn (Wheeling, West Va.)

Christina Sauer (Corydon, Ind. (representing Kentucky))

Notes on the competition:

  • 53 contestants, each representing one of the states
  • all contestants receive $1,500 college scholarship (those who advanced to semis were given an additional $1,500)
  • Taken from the American Legion's website on how competition is done:

     "Each group was assigned to a room within the conference center to present their rehearsed eight- to 10-minute oration on an aspect of the U.S. Constitution in front of five judges and many family members. Preceding the orations, the competitors gave a three- to five-minute speech on an assigned topic discourse, which is a phase of the Constitution selected from Articles and Sections. The assigned topic was drawn by the contest official and was made known to the audience and each contestant five minutes prior to the time of delivery. Once all 53 contestants delivered the two speeches, the judges' votes were tallied and nine students advanced to the semifinal rounds, where they once again presented their oration and an assigned topic discourse."


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