A Constitutional Speech Contest

The American Legion High School Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students.

Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation's laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Cash prizes to the winners!

We are looking for high school students to compete in this year’s competition!

Any high school student under 20 is eligible.

The state finals will be held in Sacramento at the State Capitol Building in the Spring of 2019. The winner of the state-level contest goes on to represent California at the national competition in the summer and a chance to win up to $18,000 for college!

More information on the High School Oratorical Competition can be found in these documents:


Please contact Danielle Baker, our Oratorical Committee Chair, at oratoricalcontest@post43.org if you have any questions.



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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.
Enrolled high school students ages 20 and under may compete
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Eligible participants in The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program shall be citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States.
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