High school students, ninth through 12th grade, in the Upper Peninsula rejected the opportunity to compete in the Annual American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Competition.
Winner in the Upper Peninsula Competition would be guaranteed at least $800 as a runner-up in the State Competition. First place is $1,500, with potential of $18,000 in national competition.
Requirement of competition is speaking on the Constitution of the United States between 8 and 10 minutes and an additional 3 minutes about one of four selected amendments. Student can compete annually for all four years while in high school, unless winning national competition. Awards will be held in escrow until registered for college.
Imagine, a ninth grader being the only person to compete four years in a row, now could be awarded at least $3,200 for college by 12th grade, just by talking for 13 minutes a year.