Sierra Stahl wins annual Oratorical Contest

Sierra Stahl (left) and Demorise Allen, Post No. 70, pose with Sthal’s winner’s certificate.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Holmes

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Judith Gap American Legion Post No. 70 hosted its annual High School Oratorical Contest at the Judith Gap Schools, and Sierra Stahl was the winner. She is now qualified to complete at the District No. 9 Oratorical Contest held in Harlowton at the Hillcrest Elementary School on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. This is the qualifier for the Department Oratorical Contest that will be held in Great Falls on Saturday, March 10 at Great Falls College – MSU.

Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long; three- to five-minute speeches on an assigned topic also are part of the contest.

The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. The program has featured numerous politicians and prominent contestants over the years, including former president candidate Alan Keyes and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.

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