The 84th Annual American Legion High School Oratorical contests are underway with the first level of high school contests completed.

The 84th Annual American Legion High School Oratorical contests are underway with the first level of high school contests completed.

Winners from three Marion County high schools were: Caleb Wilson of Hannibal, Kenna Obert at Palmyra and Jordyn Castro of Philadelphia. They will compete for the second level of the Marion County contest crown at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Philadelphia Community Center. The contest rotates each year among three communities in Marion County. The public is invited.

The purpose of the high school oratorical contest is to develop knowledge and appreciation of the United States Constitution and the ability to think and speak clearly and critically, and the acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. Each contestant delivers a prepared oration, which must last between five and six minutes and must address some aspect of the Constitution of the United States.

The winner of the county contest will advance to the third level District One contest in January, consisting of 11 counties in northeast Missouri. Subsequent contests are the fourth level late January Zone contests, encompassing the northeastern quadrant of Missouri, and the fifth level state finals in February in Jefferson City. Participants at the state level receive scholarships in the amount of $2,000, $1,800, $1,600 and $1,400, respectively.

For more information, please contact Bob Ravenscraft at 573-769-3731.