Constitutional Speech Contest

Participants in the American Legion Oratorical Contest develop leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and are better prepared for the acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, for the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
 
A single main speech topic related the United States Constitution will be required with a length of 8 to 10 minutes, as well as an "Assigned Topic" that must consume 3 to 5 minutes  of presenter's delivery.  For more details, see link below.
 
* Each District winner will receive an Oratory Medal
* Each Regional participant will receive a $600 scholarship
* The winner of each Regional contest will receive a $1000 scholarship
* The Department finalist receive $2000 for first, $1500 for second, and $1000 for third
* National finalist receive $25,000 for first, $22,500 for second, and $20,000 for third
Each Department (State) winner who is certified into, and participates in the national contest's 1st round receives a $2,000 scholarship.
Those who advance past the 1st round receive an additional $2,000 scholarship.
The American Legion's National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.

2021 ORATORICAL CONTEST DATES:
 
State Regional and Finals - February 13, 2021 
 
National Finals - April 9-11, 2021 - Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel

Oratorical Chair's Guide
 
If you would like to participate, fill out the attached form.

From Left to Right SAL Detachment Commander Bob Sirovina, Auxiliary Department President Joanie Dickerson, 3rd Place from District 9, Breanna Patz, 1st Place from District 1, Braiya Nolan, 2nd Place from District 5, Elijah Anumolu, Department Commander David Wischer, Department Oratorical Chairman Robert Stone.

Other Available Scholarships

Americanism & Government Scholarship Test

Students are given the opportunity to receive recognition and scholarships by taking an on-line test comprised of 50 multiple choice, true and false questions followed by an essay question of 300 words or less. The program is endorsed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and is open to any Wisconsin student in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade. Scholarships are:
* 10th Grade - 16- $250 Scholarships awarded
* 11th Grade- 16- $250 Scholarships awarded
* 12th Grade- 13- $500 Scholarships awarded

2020 Scholarship Winners:
First District: Senior Alexander Zoerner Indian Trails Academy
Junior Tyler Jordan Oconomowoc High School
Sophomore Owen Lofy Oconomowoc High School
Second District: Senior Brelynn Bille Waupun High School
Junior Brenen Skalitzky Waterloo High School
Sophomore Everett Poth Sheboygan Lutheran High School
Third District: Senior Jacob Sherer Platteville High School
Junior Rachel Gammon Sun Prairie High School
Sophomore Kelly Gaffney Barneveld High School
Fourth District: Senior Miles King Wauwatosa East High School
Junior Spencer Barribeau Oak Creek High School
Sophomore Elizabeth Ratajczyk Whitefish Bay High School
Sixth District: Senior Aaron Pederson Manitowoc Lincoln High SChool
Junior Olivia Stellpflug Oshkosh West High School
Sophomore Christian Grunert Ripon High School
Seventh District: Senior Mary Rocha Reedsburg High School
Junior Evan Baines La Crosse Central High School
Sophomore Anna Langeberg Baraboo High School
Eighth District: Senior Jacob Nelson DC Everest High School
Junior Clinton Tompkins Marshfield High School
Sophomore Hayley Moore Wautoma High School
Ninth District: Senior Howie Gerstner Notre Dame Academy
Junior Adam Bauman Peshtigo High School
Sophomore Aleksandr Kralovec West De Pere High School
Tenth District: Senior John Flynn Ellsworth High School
Junior Jasmine Prokott Eau Claire North High School
Sophomore Henry Pike Cameron High School
Eleventh District: Senior Kallisa Charlson Ashland High School
Junior Nina Starynski Lakeland Union High School
Sophomore Alexis Kasper Northland Pines High School
Twelfth District: Senior Elaine Lahti Frederic High School
Junior Oscar Lahti Frederic High School
Sophomore Brooke Lebal Flambeau High School

Schneider-Emanuel American Legion Scholarship 

(Due March 1) Three deserving graduates of any accredited Wisconsin high school will be awarded the sum of $1000 to be applied to the cost of continuing education at any degree granting college or university within the United States of America.
2020 Winners:

Olivia M. Voight
N7619 Radio Rd.
Ripon, Wisconsin  54971

Kyra M. Saylor
201 West 11th St.
Necedah, Wisconsin 54645

Zachary J. Hahn
N5021 Grandview Road
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin  54937

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Thomas R. Friday
N4866 County Road E
Pine River, Wisconsin  54965

Jenna D. Klos
1899 Blackfoot Avenue
Grafton, Wisconsin  53024

Abby M. Kraus
N734 County Road KW
Cedar Grove, Wisconsin  53013

American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund

The American Legion wants to ensure higher education is a possibility for children whose parents lost their lives while serving our country. Beginning with the 2017 award year, The American Legion expanded the scholarship to include children of VA-rated, post-9/11 veterans with a combined disability rating of 50 percent or higher. The American Legion and the Legion Riders offer support through the Legacy Scholarship Fund.

American Legion Baseball Scholarship

Any team manager or head coach of an American Legion (post-affiliated) team may nominate a graduating senior who plays on a Wisconsin American Legion team. Deadline: July 15 of each year.

Eagle Scout of the Year 

(Due March 1) The winner is eligible to receive a $10,000 scholarship to be awarded over a four-year period.

Samsung Scholarship

Deadline Prior to the 1st day of the 2020 session

Samsung, a worldwide leader in electronics, endowed a scholarship fund of five million dollars to be administered by The American Legion. The endowment was made to show appreciation to U.S. veterans who came to the aid of Korea during its struggle against communist forces during the Korean War. 

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