American Legion John W. Sheets Post 27 - Farmington, UT

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.  Winners of the contest are eligible for scholarship money at the different levels.

Dates for the Utah Oratorical Contests are:

Post 27 (Davis County Courthouse) 5:30pm 1/25/24

District 2 (Davis County Courthouse) 11:00am 2/10/24

Department/State (Old Historical Courthouse, Provo) 1:00pm 3/9/24

National (Hillsdale College, MI) 5/17-19/24
 - Quarterfinal and Semifinal 5/18
 - Finals 5/19


Scholarship Amounts:

At the Post Level:
1st Place: $250.00
2nd Place: $200.00
3rd Place: $100.00

At the District Level:
1st Place: $250.00
2nd Place: $200.00
3rd Place: $100.00

At the Department (State)
Level: 1st Place: $1,500.00
2nd Place: $1,000.00
3rd Place: $750.00

At the National Level:
1st Place: $25,000.00
2nd Place: $22,500.00
3rd Place: $20,000.00


For more information and resources:  Oratorical Contest | The American Legion


The 2024 Oratorical Contest will cover the Assigned Topics:

Amendment II – A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment XXIII – The District constituting the seat of Government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct:

A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State, but in no event more than the least populous State; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the State, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice President, to be electors appointed by a State; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.

Amendment XXV, Section 3 – Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.

Amendment V – No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, not be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.



2023 Post 27 Winners


POC: Daniel Woodward