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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.                                                                                  

2020/2021 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 Poster
2021 Certification Form  

All questions regarding the 2020/2021 contest should be directed to:

Debanjan Datta, Oratorical Contest Chairman-843-270-6049 or

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


All post contests must be completed by February 3, 2021

All Quadrant Contests will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021@ locations listed below, for further information on each contest, please see the contact person and number for each contest:

Quadrant One Location

10:00 am at Spartanburg Post 28, 94 West Park Drive, Spartanburg, SC  29306

POC:  1st Vice Cmdr Ron Price, 803-215-7110


Quadrant Two Location 

                     10:00 am at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church, 2721 Dutch Fork Rd, Chapin, SC 29036

POC:  2nd Vice Cmdr Robin Rucker, 803-351-2107


Quadrant Three Location 

10:00 am at American Legion Post 15, 34 South Artillery Drive, Sumter, SC  29150

POC:  District 11 Cmdr Jack Lonergan, 803-468-3347


Quadrant Four Location  

10:00 am at American Legion Post 166, 112 Howe Hall Rd, Goose Creek, SC  29445

POC:  4th Vice Cmdr Jim Jarvis, 803-479-0630



The Department Contest will be held Saturday @ 10:00 am, March 13, 2021 at

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull Street, Columbia, SC  29201

                                                                                                                                                                  (corner of Bull & Blanding Streets)
















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