American Legion hosts high school oratorical contest
The Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 announces its upcoming schedule for their annual high school oratorical competition. Local students will participate in the program by delivering a 10-minute speech on topics related to the U.S. Constitution. They will be judged on their delivery, subject knowledge, poise and timing. They will be competing for scholarship money and the chance to advance to subsequent competitions.
The Florence area competition will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the St. Paul Methodist Church at 1629 West Palmetto St. The program begins at 10 a.m. The winner will advance to the quadrant, (a fourth of the state) competition to be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Florence Library. The contest will begin at 10 a.m. The winner will advance to the state competition in Columbia and the winner of that will represent the state in the national competition in Indianapolis.
That winner will win over $16,000 in scholarship money and the second and third places will win large scholarships as well. The public is invited to attend to support these young students. Admission is free. “You’ll be impressed by the participants and the program,” commented Ken Curran, post public relations officer.