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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:

2015 Oratorical Contest Rules

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

2015 Certification Form

Chairman's Guide

Judges Prepared Oration scratch tallysheet

Judges assigned topic scratch tallysheet

Judges Scorecard

Tabulator form/card

Timekeepers Card

Quadrant Map

Oratorical flyer

All post Contests must be held by January 10, 2015


ALL 2015 Quadrant Contests will be held on Saturday February 14, 2015

Quadrant # 1

Greenwood Post 224, 1310 E Cambridge Ave, Greenwood, SC  29646 @ 9:00 am

Contact:  Vice Commander Michael Strauss

803-599-3131 or


Quadrant # 2,

Cayce Post 130, 402 Naples Ave, Cayce, SC  29171 @ 10:00 am

Contact:  Vice Commander Bob Scherer 

828-292-6031 or



Quadrant # 3, 

Florence Post 1, 3631 Palmetto St, Florence, SC  29503 @ 10:00 am

Contact:   Vice Commander Harry Brown



Quadrant # 4 ,

Grace Chapel AME Church, 502 Charles St, Beaufort, SC  29902 @ 11:00 am

Contact:  Vice Commander John Britt 864-677-3397

or John Coaxum, Oratorical contest Chairman, 843-524-2974








The Department Finals will be held on March 7, 2015


The American Legion Department of SC

103 Legion Plaza Road, Columbia, SC  29210

(if using mapquest or GPS, please enter 3512 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC  29210)




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