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Assigned Topics

The assigned topic discourse must not consume less than three (3) minutes or more than five (5) minutes for delivery. The purpose of the assigned topic discourse is to test the speaker's knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research, and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution.

The assigned topic shall be drawn by the contest official in full view of the audience immediately before the last speaker begins delivery of his or her prepared oration and will be made known to the audience and each contestant approximately five (5) minutes prior to the time of delivery. The topic will be on some phase of the U.S. Constitution, selected from Articles and Sections as listed under assigned topics for the current year's contest in this brochure.

All contestants at each contest level are required to speak in the English language on the same assigned topic.


Assigned Topics for 2018 Oratorical Contest

Amendment 2

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment 3

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment 15

Section 1.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2.
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Article 2 Section 4

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.


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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Oratorical-Rules-Brochure.pdf


Department Oratorical Chairman - Rob Willis - rwillis22@cox.net