On Wednesday, (Dec. 18), four Amity students will be competing in the American Legion Oratorical Contest.
The competitions will be held in the new black box theatre.
The contest is being held in partnership with the American Legion Post 127 in Orange.
Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Over $138,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year. The overall national contest winner gets an $18,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $16,000, and third gets $14,000.
Each department (state) winner who is certified into and participates in the national contest’s first round receives a $1,500 scholarship.
Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $1,500 scholarship.
The American Legion’s National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.
Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government.
Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long; three- to five-minute speeches on an assigned topic also are part of the contest.