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.
On Jan 09 we held the 84th annual Legion Oratorical speech contest with 3 contestants Los Alamitos HS senior Luke Galdade, & FVHS seniors Brandon Tran, & Clare Duquette. The assigned topic were no quartering of soldiers in homes. The winner was Luke who is the grandson of our Legionnaire Peter Goldade.
Our post winner Luke Goldade took 2nd place at the District 29 Oratorical quarterfinal at the Santa Ana post.
All contestants at each contest level are required to speak in the English language on the same assigned topic.
Assigned Topics for 2023 Oratorical Contest
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Amendment XIV, Section 1
All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
Reggir Chun, Chairman