The American Legion Post is sponsoring the National High School Oratorical Contest that can net a local student more than $18,000 in scholarship money.
Any high school student in grades nine to 12 and a citizen of the United States is eligible to participate.
The contest is meant to develop deeper knowledge and appreciationof the Constitution of the United States.
Other objectives of thecontest include the development of leadership speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
The subject to be used for the prepared oration in the contest must be on some phase of the Constitution which will give emphasis to the duties and obligations of a citizen to the government.
The dates for the county and district competitions will be the first two weeks in February 1992. The state competition is the first week in March 1992 in Annapolis.
The Legion's Department of Maryland will award the following scholarships: first place, $2,500; second place, $1,000; third place, $500; fourth place, $300; and fifth through seventh, $200.
The state winner will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship for participating in the regionals.
Winners who advance to the sectionals, but do not make it to the national finals, receive $3,000 in addition to the $1,000 received at the state level.
Scholarship awards are presented to the four finalists in the national contest as follows: first place, $18,000; second place, $16,000; third place, $14,000; fourth place, $12,000.
To obtain a application or for more information and deadlines for the upcoming contests, call the American Legion post in your area or James W. Carey, Southern Maryland District Chairman, at 760-8091.