Student from Manchester wins second place in speech contest NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

February 26, 1993

Mandy Kent of Manchester earned second-place honors in the Western Maryland district-level competition of the 56th annual American Legion National Oratorical Contest.

Mandy, a junior at North Carroll High School, represented Carroll County in the contest Tuesday at Francis Scott Key American Legion Post No. 11 in Frederick.

Matthew Johnston, of Frederick, a senior at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, won the district competition.

As runner-up, Mandy received a $150 cash prize and will participate in the state contest March 7 in Annapolis if Matthew is unable to attend. She is the daughter of Richard and Donna Kent of Manchester.

Mandy, who represented Hampstead American Legion Post No. 200, was the winner in the Carroll County contest in Westminster Feb. 16. The title of her prepared oration was "Our Constitution -- A Gift."

Winners of post-level competitions in the American Legion's High School Oratorical Contest progress through a series of county, district, state, regional and sectional contests, which culminate at a national event.

Contestants are required to present an eight- to 10-minute speech on some aspect of the Constitution that stresses citizen responsibilities.

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