Rachel Tuck of Lafayette was the Middle Tennessee Division winner of the American Legion Oratorical Contest held in Woodbury, TN on February 15. Along with the East & West Tennessee winners, she will now compete in the State Finals Contest Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m. It will be held at the American Legion Department of Tennessee Headquarters on Donelson Pike in Nashville. The Tennessee winner will advance to the national contest in Indianapolis, IN, and will be awarded a $1500 scholarship upon participation in the first round. The national winners will receive scholarships of $18,000 for first place, $16,000 for second and, $14,000 for third.
The annual American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. The program has featured numerous politicians and prominent contestants over the years, including former presidential candidate Alan Keyes and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs. More information is available on the national American Legion’s website at www.legion.org. Contestants are NOT required to be children of veterans.
Article submitted by Stan Melton, Commander of, American Legion Nashville Post Five, Tennessee’s largest veterans post.