Winning orator competes at state
River Falls High School student Sam Anderson traveled to the American Legion State Oratorical contest in Ripon Feb. 16, coming away as the first runner up to the regional winner after winning local-, county-, and district-level competitions to earn a place at the state contest.
Anderson received a plaque for the local contest and a medal for the district win, as well as a $600 scholarship for competing at the state level and three $100 scholarships for the local, county and district events.
The Andersons say the late Legion commander, Ed Miller, was "instrumental in helping Sam participate in this contest."
The local Legion encourages young people to participate in the annual contest, which begins in December each year.
The competition's purpose is to "develop and instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the constitution of the United States in high school students."
Objectives of the competition include helping kids develop leadership qualities, learn to think and speak clearly, and prepare for the responsibilities of American citizenship.
Required speech lengths vary from three-10 minutes, and topics usually relate to the U.S. Constitution.
The Legion began its high school oratorical program in 1938 and since then, has awarded $3 million worth of scholarships in the national-level competition.