MURRAY -- The American Legion National Oratory Scholarship Contest will be conducted by the Kentucky American Legion 1st District on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. The District contest will be at 2 p.m. at the Murray-Calloway County Senior Citizen's Center located at 607 Poplar St., Murray KY 42071. The deadline to enroll is Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.

The contest is open to all Kentucky high school and home-schooled students in grades 9 - 12 who are less than 20 years old. Detailed rules can be found at www.kylegion.org in the Oratorical tab. In order to sign up for the 1st District Contest email your name, address, phone number, high school, and date of birth to usmc1965@bellsouth.net or call Mark Kennedy at 270-752-3333.

Contestants are required to give two speeches at each level of competition. The Prepared Oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with an emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. The Prepared Oration must be 8 to 10 minutes in duration. In the Assigned Topics Oration contestants must speak for 3 to 5 minutes on any one of four Assigned Topics. The Assigned Topic is drawn at each level and contestants must be prepared to speak on any one of the four. The Assigned Topics for the 2020 contest are: Amendment XII; Amendment XXIV, Amendment XXVII; and Amendment XX.

At the 1st District level the winner gets $400; second place $200; and 3rd place $100. Each District winner competing in the Area "A" Contest receives $500. Awards for the Area winners participating at the Department (State) level are: 1st place - $2,000; 2nd place - $1,500; and 3rd place - $1,000. Each State winner who competes at the 1st round of the National Contest receives a $1,500 Scholarship and participants who advance to the 2nd round that do not advance to the Finals receive an additional $1,500. The three contestants who advance to the National Finals receive $18,000 for 1st place; $16,000 for 2nd place; and $14,000 for 3rd place.

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