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Good at public speaking? You could win a scholarship from the American Legion
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American Legion Post 7 will host its 2019 oratorical scholarship program contest this Saturday, Jan. 26 in Gainesville.

The 2019 competition will present scholarships in excess of $138,000, with more than $20,000 going to the national winner.

According to Johnny Varner, chairman of the 2019 American Legion Post 7 oratorical competition, the annual contest was “developed primarily to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the U.S. Constitution, as well as developing leadership skills, poise, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.”

High school students, whether enrolled in public, parochial, military, private or home schools, are eligible.

Students will prepare and present an eight- to 10-minute speech on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution. They will also give an impromptu speech for three to five minutes on a specific article or amendment to the Constitution.

The competition includes a series of presentations at the post, district, area and state levels. The winner at each level proceeds to the next, culminating with the national finals in Indianapolis in April. 

Since 1938, The American Legion has awarded more than $3 million nationally in college scholarships to high school students.

American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program

What: Post 7 constitutional speech contest

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26

Where: American Legion, 2343 Riverside Drive in Gainesville

Cost: Attendance is free and open to the public


What: District 9 constitutional speech contest

When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville

Cost: Attendance is free and open to the public


For additional information and to view last year’s winning presentations, go to, or contact Johnny Varner at 404-536-3831 or

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