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H.W. Dare Maness High School Oratorical Contest

All questions regarding the 2016/2017 contest should be directed to

Clark Smith, Department Oratorical Contest Chairman

at (864) 415-9746 or



The American Legion Department of South Carolina

H. W. Dare Maness

High School Oratorical Scholarship Program

"A Constitutional Speech Contest"

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 school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership skills, 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.

The winner at the department (state) level who is ceritified into and participates in the first round of the national contest will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Each first round winner who advances to and participates in the second round, but does not advance to the final round, will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship to pursue education ay any college or university in the United States.

National scholarship awards are presented to the three finalists in the final round of the national contest as follows: 1st place - $18,000; 2nd place - $16,000; 3rd place - $14,000.

A contestant must give both their prepared oration and the assigned topic discourse in order to receive the scholarship.

More details are available in the links below:

2017 Oratorical Contest Rules                                                                                                               Contest Worker Instructions:

Memo to all Post Commanders, Adjutant's and Post Oratorical Chairmen                                                        Tabulator Instructions

Memo to High School Principals and School Guidance Offices                                                                        Timekeepers Instructions

2017 Certification Form                                                                                                                                  Escort Instructions

Chairman's Guide                                                                                                                                        Ushers Instructions

Judges Prepared Oration scratch tallysheet                                                                                                Judges Instructions

Judges assigned topic scratch tallysheet

Judges Scorecard                                         

Tabulator form/card                                    

Timekeepers Card                                       

Quadrant Map                                            

Oratorical flyer

All post contests must be completed by January 24, 2017

All Quadrant Contests will be held on Saturday February 18, 2017- locations listed below:


Quadrant One Location

Greenwood Post 20    806 Calhoun St, Greenwood, SC  29649 @ 9:30 am


Contact Mike Strauss, 1st Vice Commander

803-599-3131 Cell


Quadrant Two Location 

American Legion Post 6, 200 Pickens St, Columbia, SC  29205 - @ 10:00 am


 Contact John Britt, 2nd Vice Commander           

 (864) 677-3397 H,  (864) 684-3402


Quadrant Three Location 

St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 1629 W. Palmetto St, Florence, SC @10:00 am


         Walt Richardson, 3rd Vice Commander  

                                                             (803) 345-5042 H, (803) 600-4409


Quadrant Four Location

Boys and Girls Club of HHI @ 10:00 am

151 Gumtree

Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Roberta Poulos, 4th Vice Commander,  

(843) 645-4141 H (630) 632-2688

The Department Contest will be held at American Legion Department Headquarters, 103 Legion Plaza Rd, Columbia, SC  29210 on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:00 am
















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