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H.W. Dare Maness High School Oratorical Contest

All questions regarding the 2015/2016 contest should be directed to

Roberta Poulos, Department Oratorical Contest Chairman

at 843-645-4141 or 630-632-2688 or



The American Legion Department of South Carolina

H. W. Dare Maness

High School Oratorical Scholarship Program

"A Constitutional Speech Contest"

The purpose of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program "A Constitutional Speech Contest" is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Consutition of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectices of the contest include the development of leadership skills, the ability to think and speark clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights, and privileges of American citizenship.

The winner at the department (state) level who is ceritified into and participates in the first round of the national contest will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Each first round winner who advances to and participates in the second round, but does not advance to the final round, will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship to pursue education ay any college or university in the United States.

National scholarship awards are presented to the three finalists in the final round of the national contest as follows: 1st place - $18,000; 2nd place - $16,000; 3rd place - $14,000.

A contestant must give both their prepared oration and the assigned topic discourse in order to receive the scholarship.

More details are available in the links below:

2016 Oratorical Contest Rules                                                                                                               Contest Worker Instructions:

Memo to all Post Commanders, Adjutant's and Post Oratorical Chairmen                                                        Tabulator Instructions

Memo to High School Principals and School Guidance Offices                                                                        Timekeepers Instructions

2016 Certification Form                                                                                                                           Escort Instructions

Chairman's Guide                                                                                                                                   Ushers Instructions

Judges Prepared Oration scratch tallysheet                                                                                                Judges Instructions

Judges assigned topic scratch tallysheet

Judges Scorecard                                         

Tabulator form/card                                    

Timekeepers Card                                       

Quadrant Map                                            

Oratorical flyer


All post contests must be completed by Saturday January 23, 2016- please contact your local American Legion post for post contest dates or contact Roberta Poulos, Department Oratorical Chairman at 843-645-4141 or 630-632-2688 or

All Quadrant Contests will be conducted on Saturday, February 20, 2016


Quadrant One Location

Will be held at 10:00 am at Rock Hill Post 34, 524 Heckle Blvd, Rock Hill, SC  29730

Contact:  1st Vice Commander Robert Scherer-828-292-6031 or


Quadrant Two Location

Will be held at 9:30 am at the Veterans Victory House, 2461 Sidneys Rd, Walterboro, SC 29488

Contact:  2nd Vice Commander Mike Strauss-803-599-3131 or



Quadrant Three - Location TBA

Contact:  3rd Vice Commander John Britt-864-677-3397 or 864-684-3402  or





Quadrant Four Location

Will be hosted by Florence Post 1 at 10:00 am at the Florence Library, 509 South Dargan St, Florence, SC  29506

Contact: 4th Vice Commander Walt Richardson, 803-345-5042 or 803-600-4409  or













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