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The American Legion H.W. Dare Maness High School Oratorical Contest

All questions regarding the 2018/2019 contest should be directed to

Jennifer Beilstein, Department Oratorical Contest Chairman

at (843) 460-3997 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:

2018/2019 Oratorical Contest Rules                                                                                                               Contest Worker Instructions:

Memo to all Post Commanders, Adjutants and Post Oratorical Chairpersons                                                       Tabulator Instructions

Memo to High School Principals and School Guidance Offices                                                                        Timekeepers Instructions

2019 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 23, 2019


All Quadrant Contests will be held on Saturday Saturday, February 16, 2019 locations listed below:


Quadrant One Location

Walt Richardson, Dept 1st Vice Cmdr, (803) 600-4409,

Rock Hill Post 34, 524 Heckle Blvd, Rock Hill, SC  29730


Quadrant Two Location 

        Roberta Poulos, Dept 2nd Vice Cmdr, (630) 632-2688,


Quadrant Three Location 

Ron Price, Dept 3rd Vice Cmdr, (803) 215-7110,


Quadrant Four Location  

Robin Rucker, Dept 4th Vice Cmdr, 803-351-2107,



The Department Contest will be held Saturday @ 10:00 am, March 9, 2019 at

The American Legion Department Headquarters

103 Legion Plaza Rd (mapquest address may still be 3512 Bush River Rd, Cola, 29210)

Columbia, SC  29210

















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