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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

Fred Timmons, Chairman, (843) 860-1735,



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 Scholarships must be used within five years from graduation from high school

Quadrant Awards:  Department Awards
Certificate to each winner 4th place Award - $500.00
4th Place Award - $100.00 3rd Place Award - $500.00
3rd Place Award - $100.00 2nd Place Award - $1000.00
2nd Place Award - $300.00 1st Place Award - $2000.00
1st Place Award - $500.00  

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.                                                                                       Contest Worker Instructions:

2019/2020 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 Flyer
Tabulator form/card Quadrant Map
Certification Form  


All post contests must be completed by January 21, 2020


All Quadrant Contests will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 @ locations listed below:

Quadrant One Location

Frank Roach American Lost 34, 524 Heckle Blvd, Rock Hill, SC  29730 @ 10:00 am

POC:  Doc Sweet, 803-493-7779


Quadrant Two Location 

                                       Chapin American Legion Post 193, 102 Lexington Avenue, Chapin, SC  29036 @ noon

POC:  Bill LaRochelle, 803-298-4183


Quadrant Three Location 

 Sumter Amerian Legion Post 15, 30 S. Artillery Drive, Sumter, SC @ 10:00 am

POC:  Rodgers Greenawalt, 803-968-2706


Quadrant Four Location  

 Trident Technical College, Mount Pleasant Campus, 1125 John Dilligard Lane, Mt. Pleasant, SC  29464 @ 10:00 am

POC:  Art Horn, 843-437-4732



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

The American Legion Department Headquarters

103 Legion Plaza Rd                                                                                                                                                                    (corner of Bush River Rd & Legion Plaza Road)

Columbia, SC  29210

















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