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2017 National Oratorical Contest field set
The American Legion

The field is set for The American Legion's 2017 National Oratorical Contest, where 53 high school orators will speak on the U.S. Constitution and compete for a top-three finish to earn $48,000 in scholarships.

The students won their respective post, district and department-level Oratorical Contest to earn a spot in the national contest, which will be held at the Wyndham Indianapolis West April 22-23. See the list of contestants here, which includes 11 returning candidates from Michigan, Rhode Island, West Virginia, South Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Colorado, Vermont, Oregon, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

The contest will begin April 22 with the young orators competing in the quarterfinals; the top nine contestants from those will advance to the semifinals. During both sessions, the contestants will present a rehearsed eight- to 10-minute oration on an aspect of the Constitution in front of judges, as well as a three- to five-minute speech on an assigned topic discourse — a phase of the Constitution selected from its Articles and Sections.

The top three semifinal contestants will advance to the national finals on April 23 at 10 a.m. (EDT). The championship finals will be live streamed the Legion's Facebook page at

The American Legion Department of Oklahoma held our Department Oratorical Contest on Saturday, February 18, 2017 in Edmond Oklahoma. There were six contestants and they all did extremely well. Thank you all for participating and devoting time in preparation.

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This is a great American Legion program and we hope to have more contestants competing next year. Congratulations to Reagan Stephens of Weatherford, Oklahoma for winning the competition. Reagan is sponsored by American Legion Post 91 of Weatherford, OK.

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