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H.W. Dare Maness High School Oratorical Program


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.  All Department & Quadrant Scholarships must be used within five years from graduation from high school.

1st Place Award - $1000.00 1st Place Award - $2500.00
2nd Place Award - $500.00 2nd Place Award - $1500.00
  3rd  Place Award - $750.00
  4th Place Award - $750.00

NATIONALSCHOLARSHIPS:  The winner at the Department/state) level who is certified into and participates in the first round of the national contest will receive a $2,000.00 National 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 $2,000.00 scholarship to pursue education at 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 - $25,000.00

2nd place - $22,500.00

3rd place - $20,000.00

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

2022-2023 Oratorical Contest Rules Tabulator Instructions
Chairman's Guide Timekeepers Instructions
Memo to all Post Commanders & Adjutants Timekeepers Card
Memo to High School Principals & Guidance Offices Ushers Instructions
Judges Prepared Oration scratch tallysheet Judges Instructions
Judges Scorecard Escort Instructions
Judges assigned topic scratch tallysheet Quadrant Map
Tabulator form/card Contest Flyer
2023 Certification Form  

All questions regarding the 2022/2023 contest should be directed to:

Chairman -Robert Scherer -

Michael D. Strauss, Department Adjutant - 803-612-1171 x 35 or

All 2023 Quadrant Contests will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023 @ locations listed below, for further information on each contest, please see the contact person and number for each contest:

Quadrant One Location

Spartanburg Post 28, 94 West Park Drive, Spartanburg, SC  29304 @ 10:00 am

Jim Kvam, Department 1st Vice Cmdr, 843-607-1015,

Quadrant Two Location 

Greenwood County Veterans Center, 106 Main St, N., Greenwood, SC  29646 @ 10:00 am

Bruce Donegan, Department 2nd Vice Cmdr, 845-453-4810

Quadrant Three Location 

James LeRoy Belk American Legion Post 17, 1333 Chestnut Ferry Rd, Camden, SC  29020

Jim Rabon, Department 3rd Vice Cmdr, 803-420-0123

Quadrant Four Location  

Ralph H. Johnson, Inc. American Legion Post 147, 968 Folly Rd, James Island, SC  

Jack Lonergan, Department 4th Vice Cmdr, 803-468-3347,




The 2023 Department Contest will be held on March 11, 2023  @ 10:00 am

St. Pauls Lutheran Church

1715 Bull St

Columbia, SC  29201

















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