High School Oratorical Scholarship Program
"A Constitutional Speech Contest"

Where: The Oratorical Scholarship Program will be held at the American Legion, H.U. Wood Post 245, located at 618 East Kingsbury Street, Seguin, Texas.
When: The competition will be held on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 1:00pm. Students must arrive at the American Legion by 12:30pm. All contestants must be registered by no later then December 6th..
Who: A contestant must be a citizen of the United States or a lawful resident of the United States. Contestants must be bona fide students under the age of 20 on the date of the National Contest and must be enrolled in a High School or Junior High School in Guadalupe County, Texas (public, parochial, military, private or state accredited home school) in which the curriculum of the high school is considered to be of high school level, commencing with grade nine and terminating with grade twelve. Students must be enrolled in high school or junior high school during the time of participation at any level of the contest.

What topics do contestants speak on? There will be two. The prepared oration and the assigned topic.

The subject to be used for the prepared oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emplasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government.
The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must not take up less than 8 minutes or more then 10 minutes for delivery. It must be delivered in the English language.

The assigned topic. The purpose of the Assigned Topic is to test the speaker's knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research, and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution. The topic will be on some phase of the Constitution of the United States.
The assigned topic will be no less then 3 minutes and must not exceed 5 minutes of time for delivery.

  The assigned topic will be drawn by the contest official in full view of the audience immediately before the last speaker begins delivery of the prepared oration. The topic will be one of the below assigned topics.
2018 Assigned Topics:

Amendment 2

A well regulated melitia, 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 prescibed 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 hight Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Winners: 1st Place will receive a $500.00 scholarship; 2nd Place will receive a $350.00 scholarship; 3rd Place will receive $150.00 scholarship from the local American Legion, H.U. Wood Post 245.

Local winners may complete at the next higher level until eliminated.

National winners will receive a $18,000.00 scholarship for 1st Place; $16,000.00 scholarship for 2nd Place; and $14,000.00 scholarship for 3rd Place.
Registration consists of a Teacher calling The American Legion Post 245 and giving the students name, age, grade no later than December 6th, at 5:00 pm. Phone # 830-379-1079.
For more information or any questions, please call the The American Legion H U Wood Post 245.
Additional information on The American Legion Oratorical contest can be found at

2017 The American Legion Post 245