American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program

“A constitutional speech contest”
The following scholarships are available for Contest participants
(technically all participants are winners as students gain knowledge on Constitution and Post acquires youth learning history of United States)

First Place: $500 Scholarship plus additional $200 for County Contest participation and
$300 at District Contest participation
Second Place: $400
Third Place: $300
Fourth Place: $200
Fifth Place $100

Submission deadline; November 28nd, 2016
Oratorical; December 10th, 2016 9:00AM

Application entry for 2016 Oratorical Contest
Flyer about the 2016 Oratorical Contest


American Legion Post #403 sponsors the local Post American Legion Oratorical Contest.  Community high school age students, grades 9-12, are eligible to participate for Post, County, District, Area, Department(state), and National scholarship awards

The National High School Oratorical contest sponsored since 1938 by the American Legion is designed to instill a greater knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives include the development of leadership, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. Another purpose of the program is to assist students in paying the high cost of college education.
The Post (community level) competition is the beginning step to the final culmination in the National competition. The student advances from the Post level, county level, district level (there are 9 Legion districts in the state of Iowa), area level (comprised of 3 district level winners), department level (State competition comprised of 3 area level winners), and finally the national level in which the student competes against winners from other states at Indiana University – Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana. For additional contest details, use this link.

2015 Post 403 Oratorical Contest Scholarship Winners:
First Place         Hayley Cozad         $500 Scholarship
Second Place    David Brangoccio        $400
Third Place         Nicole Moody         $300

2014 Post 403 Oratorical Contest Scholarship Winners:
First Place         Emma Skahill         $500 Scholarship plus incentive to earn $200 and $300**
Second Place    Hayley Cozad        $400
Third Place       
  Steve Bouma         $300
Fourth Place    
  Colin Prouty          $200

**Emma Skahill went on to compete at Dept of Iowa Oratorical and received additional scholarship of $2000 from the American Legion of Iowa and American Legion of Iowa Foundation in winning the state contest. Emma then went on to the National Oratorical contest held in Indianapolis, IN and received another $16.000  in scholarship for herparticipationand placement of 3rd in the National Contest.

2013 Post 403 Oratorical Contest Scholarship Winners:
First Place         Emma Skahill         $500 Scholarship plus incentive to earn $200 and $300**
Second Place   Summer Sobotka   $400
Third Place       
Hayley Cozad         $300
Fourth Place    
Ryann Slycord       $200
Fifth Place      Carolyn Power      $100
**Emma Skahill went on to compete at Dept of Iowa Oratorical and received additional scholarship of $2000 from the American Legion of Iowa and American Legion of Iowa Foundation in winning the state contest. Emma then went on to the National Oratorical contest held in Indianapolis, IN and received another $1500 in scholarship for her participation in the National Regional Contests.

2012 Post 403 Oratorical Contest Scholarship Winners:
First Place         Nathan Walton          $500 Scholarship plus incentive to to earn $200**
Second Place   Emma Skahill            $400
Third Place       Sarah Brangoccio    $300
Fourth Place     Molly Cornelison      $200
**Nathan Walton went on to compete at Dept of Iowa Oratorical and received additional scholarship of $2000 from the American Legion of Iowa and American Legion of Iowa Foundation in winning the state contest. Nathan went on to the National Oratorical contest held in Indianapolis, IN and received another $1500 in scholarship for his participation in Regional Contests.

2011 Post 403 Oratorical Contest Scholarship Winners:

First Place:        Claire Kinley        $300 Scholarship plus incentive to earn $200 additional
Second Place:   Zach Prouty          $300
Third Place:      Emma Skahill        $200
Fourth Place:    Nathan Walton       $100
Fifth Place:       Holly Baiotto           $ 50 

            

2010 Post 403 Oratorical Contest Scholarship Winners:
First Place:               Holly Baiotto                          $300 Scholarship plus incentives to earn $200 additional
Second Place:         Amelia Beal                           $300 Scholarship
Third Place:             Megan Enos-Skogerson      $200 Scholarship
Fourth Place:           Not Awarded

2009 Post 403 Oratorical Contest Scholarship Winners:
First Place:             Cydney Greer                          $300 Scholarship plus incentives to earn $200 additional
Second Place:       Alexandra Darrah                   $300 Scholarship
Third Place:            Meg Phillips                             $200 Scholarship
Fourth Place:         Katie Brown                             $100 Scholarship
Fifth Place:             Marcus Benton                        $50 Scholarship (contributor donated)

2008 Post 403 Oratorical Contest Scholarship Winners:
First Place:             Eryn Schlote                            $500 Scholarship
Second Place:       Not Awarded                           $300 Scholarship
Third Place:           Not Awarded                            $200 Scholarship
Fourth Place:         Not Awarded                            $100 Scholarship

2007 Post 403 Oratorical Contest Scholarship Winners:
First Place:               Lindsay Bragg                       $500 Scholarship
Second Place:         Amanda Huntrods                $300 Scholarship
Third Place:             Not Awarded                          $200 Scholarship
Fourth Place:           Not Awarded                         $100 Scholarship

2006 Post 403 Oratorical Contest Scholarship Winners:

First Place:               Katie Davis                           $500 Scholarship
Second Place:         Lindsay Bragg                     $300 Scholarship
Third Place:             Rhonda Greenway              $200 Scholarship
Fourth Place:           Steve Briley                          $100 Scholarship

2005 Post 403 Oratorical Contest Scholarship Winners:
First Place:               Kaitlyn Clark                         $500 Scholarship
Second Place:         Rhonda Greenway              $300 Scholarship
Third Place:             Chrystal Belz                         $200 Scholarship
Fourth Place:           Lindsay Bragg                      $100 Scholarship

2004 Post 403 Oratorical Contest Scholarship Winners:
First Place:               Kaitlyn Clark                          $500 Scholarship
Second Place:         Amanda Bauman                 $300 Scholarship
Third Place:             Rhonda Greenway                $200 Scholarship
Fourth Place:           Max Dachenbach                 $100 Scholarship


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