HANNIBAL | The Zone One Level of the American Legion High School Oratorical Contest will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Emmette J. Shields Post 55 American Legion Post Home, 3891 Highway MM.
The contest pits the winners of four districts of the Missouri American Legion contest against one another, with representatives from the Hannibal area, Chillicothe area, Columbia/Jefferson City area and St. Charles area.
“This is the fourth level of competition in the 86th Annual National High School Oratorical Contest, sponsored by the American Legion,” Zone One American Legion Oratorical Co-Chairman Bob Ravenscraft said. “Participants deliver a five- to six-minute prepared oration on a phase of the United States Constitution. They are not allowed to use notes, a podium or a sound system. The public is invited and admission is free.”
The winner of the Zone One contest will proceed to the State Finals competition on Feb. 23. The four state finalists receive scholarships of $2,000, $1,800, $1,600 and $1,400.
The Missouri state winner will advance to national competition in Indianapolis, Ind. The top three national finalists receive scholarships of $20,000, $18,000 and $16,000, respectively. In addition, contestants who win their state final contests and represent their state at the national contest will receive an additional $1,500 in scholarship funds from the American Legion.