American Legion Emblem

H.W. Dare Maness High School Oratorical Contest



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:

2013/2014 Oratorical Contest Rules

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

2014 Certification Form

Chairman's Guide

Judges Prepared Oration scratch tallysheet

Judges assigned topic scratch tallysheet

Judges Scorecard

Tabulator form/card

Timekeepers Card

Quadrant Map


ALL 2014 Quadrant Contests will be held on Saturday February 15, 2014


Quadrant 1- Greenville Post 3, 430 N. Main St, Greenville, sC  29601-10:00 am 

POC-1st Vice Cmdr John Collins - 864-303-2128


Quadrant 2-Cayce Post 130, 402 Naples Ave, Cayce, SC 29171-10:00 am

POC-2nd Vice Cmdr John Cavis - 843-496-2413


Quadrant 3 - Calvary Baptist Church, 915 Cherokee Rd, Florence, SC  29501 -10:30 am

POC-3rd Vice Cmdr Harry Brown cell 843-270-5583 home-843-225-6678


Quadrant 4-James Island Post 147, 968 Folly Road, James Island, SC  29412

POC-4th Vice Cmdr Robert Scherer-828-292-6031-11:00 am




©Department of South Carolina | All Rights Reserved

Headquarters Administration