Sons of the American Legion


PURPOSE - The purpose of the American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest is to develop a better understanding and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak  clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the  duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American  citizenship.

ELIGIBILITY - Eligible  participants in The American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest shall be citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States.

All contestants must be bona fide students herein described as any student under the age of twenty (20) on the date of the National Contest who is presently enrolled in a high school or  junior high school (public, parochial, military, private or state  accredited home school) in which the curriculum of said high school is considered to be of high school level, commencing with grade nine (9) and  terminating with grade twelve (12). Students must be enrolled in high  school or junior high school during the time of participation at any level  of The American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest. 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. The three finalists of the national contest will be ineligible for further participation at any level.