The American Legion of Montana
Chairman: Jeff Holmes
The purpose of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program - "A Constitutional Speech Contest" - is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high schools. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for the acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
District Oratory Schedule:
District #2: Feb 20th @ 1:00
District #4: Feb 7, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Masonic Hall
District #5: will be held at the Florence Post date to be decided
District #8: Feb 20th, 2016 @ Post #3
District #11: Jan 16, 2016 at Laurel Senior Center
2015 - 2016 Oratorical Schedule
Post: To finish no later than February 14th 2016
District: To finish no later than February 21st 2016
Zone / Dept: February 28th in Belgrade
National: April 15th - 17th in Indianapolis, IN
Oratorical Scholarship Awards
Post and District awards vary depending on the Post or District commitment to the program.
All District winners who appear for the Department preliminary pool (morning 8 Feb) receives $175.00
Each preliminary pool (2 each) will send two contestants to the Department finals (afternoon 8 Feb) Pool 1st place receives $285.00, Pool 2nd receives $175.00.
Department awards are $1,500 for 1st place, $750 for 2nd place, $450 for 3rd place and $400 for 4th place.
The Department winner competes at the National Contest in Indianapolis, IN. The awards at National include $1,500 for competing in the first round plus another $1,500 if you reach the second round. Pass the second round into the finals and you are competing for $18,000, $16,000 or $14,000 for placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the Nation.
Click here for a list of schools and award amounts.
MONTANA HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT AWARDS FOR ORATORY
1. WINNERS OF MULTIPLE COLLEGE AWARDS WILL RECEIVE ONLY THE GREATEST ONE.
2. COLLEGE AWARDS ARE NOT TRANSFERRABLE TO OTHER COLLEGES.
Left to Right: Department Commander Roger Hancock, Nick Sundberg Stevensville High Junior – 2nd place, Gavin Sison Butte High Senior 1st place, Zachary Wright Harlowton High Senior 4th place, David Otto Belgrade High Senior 3rd place, and Department Oratorical Chairman Jeff Holmes.
2013 - 2014 Department Oratorical Winner - Jackson Smith
2012-2013 Department Oratorical Winner - Shae Rowe
2011 - 2012 Department Oratorical Winner - Mark Schmutzler
2010 - 2011 Department Oratorical Winner - Joshua Mc Caffrey