American Legion Beaufort Post 9

Oratorical Contest

The purpose of The American Legion’s National High School Oratorical Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Post 9 will be hosting a local Oratorical Contest on January XX, 2023, place is TBD. time is TBD. A $100 stipend will be given to the winner for travel expenses to the Quadrant Contest.

Principal's recommendation form is student's application to participate - click to access form


For additional information, contact Matt Swinsick at 843-271-7906 or email to swinsickmw@gmail.com


    All Department & Quadrant Scholarships must be used within five years from graduation from high school

Quadrant Awards:  Department Awards
Certificate to each winner 4th place Award - $750.00
2nd Place Award - $500.00 3rd Place Award - $750.00
1st Place Award - $1000.00 2nd Place Award - $1500.00
  1st Place Award - $2500.00

The winner at the department (state) level who is certified into and participates in the first round of the national contest will receive a $2,000 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 $2,000 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 - $25,000; 2nd place - $22,500; 3rd place - $20,000.

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