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"Constitutional Speech Contest"


Participants in the American Legion Oratorical Contest develop leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and are better prepared for the acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, for the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

The American Legion strongly encourages any High School student who is a United States citizen to participate because it is designated to create interest, foster appreciation, and gain a better understanding of the United States.

A single main speech topic related the United States Constitution will be required with a length of 8 to 10 minutes, as well as an "Assigned Topic" that must consume 3 to 5 minutes of presenter's delivery.




High School Oratorical 

March 11, 2023 - St Anselm College - 9 am

Junior High School Oratorical

April 1, 2023 - St Anselm College - 9 am

Topics will be …

Amendment  VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy trial and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and District wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense. 
Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution,  nor prohibited by it to the States,  are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. 
Amendment XIV, Section 1
All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.  No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property,  without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. 
Amendment XVI
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes,  from whatever source derived,  without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration. 





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