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


All questions regarding the 2019/2020 contest should be directed to

Nick Diener,  Department Adjutant at 803-612-1171 x 35



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:

2019/2020 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

2020 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 22, 2020


All Quadrant Contests will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ locations listed below:


Quadrant One Location






Quadrant Two Location 




Quadrant Three Location 






Quadrant Four Location  








The Department Contest will be held Saturday @ 10:00 am, February 22, 2020 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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