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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
All post contests must be completed by January 23, 2019
All Quadrant Contests will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 @ locations listed below:
Quadrant One Location
Walt Richardson, Dept 1st Vice Cmdr, (803) 600-4409, email@example.com
Rock Hill Post 34, 524 Heckle Blvd, Rock Hill, SC 29730 @ 10:00 am
Quadrant Two Location
Roberta Poulos, Dept 2nd Vice Cmdr, (630) 632-2688, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull St, Columbia, SC 29201
(corner of Bull & Blanding Streets) @ 10:00 am
Quadrant Three Location
Ron Price, Dept 3rd Vice Cmdr, (803) 215-7110, email@example.com
Sumter American Post 15, 34 South Artillery Dr, Sumter, SC @ 10:00 am
Q-3 CONTEST LOCATION & TIME TBD
Quadrant Four Location
Robin Rucker, Dept 4th Vice Cmdr, 803-351-2107, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trident Technical College Mount Pleasant Campus, 1125 John Dilligard Lane, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 @ 10:00 am
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