The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights, and privileges of American citizenship. The program has featured numerous politicians and prominent contestants over the years, including former president candidate Alan Keyes and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs. The Oratorical Scholarship Program begins in January. High school students enter local competitions to qualify for the National Oratorical Program, with the ultimate award of $18,000.00, $16,000.00 and $14,000.00 for first thru third place finishers. Pictured above is Nathan York, from National City Post 255 who placed 3rd in the National Oratorial Contest.