Krunal Desai

Junior at Timber Creek High School

2016 - Winner of this years Oritorical contest




Eligible participants in The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program shall be citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States


All contestants must be bona fide students herein described as any student under the age of twenty (20) years on the date of the national contest who is presently enrolled in a high school or junior high school (public, parochial, military, private or home school) in which the curriculum of said school is considered to be of high school level,   commencing with grade nine (9) and terminating with grade twelve (12). Students   must be enrolled in high school or junior high school during the time of participation   at any level of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program.


High school students that graduate early during the school year are eligible to compete if they are not enrolled in a college, university, trade school or other institution of higher learning at the time of the department finals contest. Contestants must either be legally domiciled within or attend an educational institution within the department (state)   where they enter competition. Contestants can enter competition in only one department.


The three finalists of the national contest will be ineligible for further participation at any level.


The Prepared Oration


The prepared oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. The same subject and oration used in the department contest must be used in the national contest.


The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must not take up less than eight (8) minutes or more than ten (10) minutes for delivery. It must be delivered in the English language.


Contestants may have in their possession a copy of their prepared oration in the first holding room. They may consult the copy of their prepared oration, until they exit the holding room in order to begin the contest, at which time the copy of the prepared oration will be surrendered to the contest official who is monitoring the first holding room.


In the prepared oration, as well as in the assigned topic discourse, quotations must be indicated as such. Where quotations are more than ten words in length, the author’s name must be given in the manuscript and cited orally. The singing of a song(s) is not permitted and will result in the immediate disqualification of the contestant. The contestant may, however,   quote a verse(s) of a song provided proper attribution is made.


Assigned Topic Discourse


The assigned topic discourse must not consume less than three (3) minutes or more than five (5) minutes for delivery. The purpose of the assigned topic discourse is to test the speaker’s knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution.


The assigned topic shall be drawn by the contest official in full view of the audience immediately before the last speaker begins delivery of his/her prepared oration and will   be made known to the audience and each contestant approximately five (5) minutes prior   to the time of delivery. The topic will be on some phase of the Constitution of the   United States as listed under assigned topics in Chapter Four.


All contestants at each contest level are required to speak in the English language on the same assigned topic.


It is acceptable to utilize or incorporate short phrases of a foreign language into the prepared oration and/or assigned topic in order to develop the argument, establish a point, etc. It is to be understood that the vast majority of the prepared oration and/or assigned topic must still be delivered in the English language.


Assigned Topics for 2016 contest


Amendment 8
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Amendment 26
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age. Section 2.  The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Article 1 Section 9 Paragraph 2
The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the Public Safety may require it.
Article 1 Section 6 Clause 1
The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the Treasurey of the United States.  They shall in all cases except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place.



Uniforms of any kind are not permitted. Appropriate business attire is required of all contestants. Contestants are not permitted to wear awards and medals from previous competition.



Awards For 2015-2016 New Jersey Department Finals

1st Place $4,000
2nd Place $2,500
3rd Place $2,000
4th Place $1,000
5th Place $1,000



For further information about our Post 281 contest, please contact the Post Chairman.
Bill Hunter


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