Oratorical Contest Rules and Regulations

Eligible participants must be citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States. All contestants must be bona fide students herein described as any student under the age of 20 years on the date of the national contest who is presently enrolled in a high school or junior high school (public, parochial, military, private or home school). The curriculum of the school must be of high school level, commencing with grade 9 and terminating with grade 12. Students must be enrolled in high school or junior high school during the time of participation at any level of The American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest. Contestants must either be legally domiciled within or attend an educational institution within the department that they enter competition. Contestants can enter competition through only one department.

High school students that graduate early during the school year are eligible to compete if they are not enrolled in a college, university, trade school or other institution of higher learning at the time of the department finals contest.

Check with your local American Legion Post for dates and times they are holding their Local The American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest.

Winners of the Local Contest will move forward to the Department (State) Level of the contest.

The 2022 Department finals will be held February 26 in Anchorage at the Anchorage Christian School 6575 E. Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage, AK 99504. There will be a pre-meeting on February 25, 2022 at 6:30pm at the Anchorage Baptist Temple

The 2022 National Finals will be April 21 -23 in Indianapolis at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel, 2544 Executive Drive, Indianapolis, IN, 46241, (317) 248-2481. Quarterfinal and semifinal contests are scheduled for Saturday, April 13 with the championship scheduled for Sunday, April 24.

All contestants and chaperones will arrive on Friday, April 22. All contestants will be lodged at a hotel to be determined in Indianapolis. A mandatory pre-contest orientation session for all contestants will be held the evening of Friday, April 22.

A banquet honoring al contestants will be held the after noon of Sunday, April 24.

The three finalists of the national contest are ineligible for further participation at any level.

For more information on the Oratorical Scholarship Program please go to www.legion.org/oratorical

For more information for Alaska students:

John Whitlock

Alaska Oratorical Department Chairman