The Richmond County American Legion will be conducting its 73rd Annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program on Saturday, December 5th at St. John’s University in the Kelleher Center on the 2nd Floor.
The program will begin promptly at 10:00 AM
The Oratorical Contest began in Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri in 1935 in a state wide competition and went National in 1938. The contest was developed primarily to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.
Another purpose of the program is to assist students in paying the high cost of a college education. The American Legion Life Insurance Committee provides the scholarship money for the program. The first place winner takes home $18,000 and the next two finishers receive $16,000 and $14,000.
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Richmond County American Legion will award the following prizes for the county winner:
1st Place = $300 Savings Bond
2nd Place = $200 Savings Bond
3rd Place = $100 Savings Bond
If you have any students interested, please contact the Richmond County Oratorical Chairman so that we can get more information to you. The program Chairman contact info is:
Danny Venezia, Richmond County Oratorical Chairman
199 Lamport Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10305
Home Phone: 718-720-5139
Cell Phone: 917-607-4391