Leland J Thompson Post 647

Oratorical Contest

The purpose of The American Legion’s National High School Oratorical Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge 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.

83rd American Legion Oratorical Contest


 The American Legion Post 647, will host our Local Oratorical contest on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at the Alameda Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave., Alameda at 1:00 pm.

The contest is open to all High School student's grades 9 thru 12, Public, Home Schooled, Private, Parochial and Military.  Eligible participants must be a citizen of, or lawful permanent resident of the United States and must be a resident of the State of California.

The contest is in two parts:

A.  An eight to ten minute prepared oration (speech without notes) on any aspect of the Constitution of the United States, with an emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to the government.

B.  A three to five minute discourse on one of four a possible assisgned topics.  Please see www.legion.org/oratorical/topics for further information.

Local contest awards prizes of, $250.00, for First, $150.00 for Second, $100.00, for Third and $25.00, for Fourth.

All contestants and Attendees will need to be Vaccinated.

To Enter Please contact Ed Jacobsen, Post 647 Oratorical Chairman Phone 510-589-5803, or ed4j@hotmail.com.