The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. The program has featured numerous politicians and prominent contestants over the years, including former president candidate Alan Keyes and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.
Beginning your Oratorical Journey
The American Legion National Oratorical Contest is a multilevel contest. In order to get to the State Oratorical Contest you must participate in a:
Post Level Contest:
Reach out to your local American Legion Post to see when their contest day is. If you are the winner of the Post Level Contest then you will move on to the District Contest.
District Level Contest:
There are 17 Districts in the State of Florida and each District will host an Oratorical Contest. The winner of the District contest will go onto the Area Contest.
Area Level Contest:
The state of Florida is broken up into 6 areas, depending on what District the Post is in, will determine which Area contest the District winner will be a part of. The winner of the Area contest will go on to the State Contest.
State Level Contest:
6 contestants – one from each area- will travel to Orlando, FL to compete for the State Oratorical Title. The first place winner will then go on to compete in the National Oratorical Contest.
National Contest Contest:
The National Oratorical Contest is a three day event where the winners from each state come together to compete in Indianapolis, Indiana.