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North Carolina American Legion High School Oratorical Contest

The purpose of the Oratorical Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States.

Eligible participants shall be citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States of America. All contestants must be bona fide students herein described as any student under the age of twenty years on the date of the National contest who is presently enrolled in a high school or junior high school in which a curriculum of said high school is considered to be of high school level commencing with grade 9 and terminating with grade 12.

A prepard oration in the Oratorical Contest must be on some phase of the Constitution of the United states which will give emphasis to the attendant duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must not take up fewer than eight minutes or more than ten minutes for delivery. The oration must be delivered in the English language.

The assigned topic of discourse must not consume fewer than three minutes or more than five minutes for delivery. The purpose of the assigned topic of 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 of the United States of America.

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