VERGENNES - High School students from Addison, Chittenden and Franklin counties sponsored by their local American Legion Posts will meet at Post 14 on Armory Lane in Vergennes Satuday, Feb. 14 at 9 a.m. to compete in the annual American Legion National High School Oratorical Program.
The District 1 winner will receive a scholarship and will advance to the Vermont State Oratorical Contest to compete for a $2,000 scholarship. The winner at the state level competes in the National Contest in April in Indianapolis.
The American Legion's National High School Oratorical Program encourages high school students to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Constitution of the United States of America as they research and prepare their oratorical presentations. Prizes, in the form of scholarships, help winning students pay the high cost of a college. Nationally, annual Oratorical Program scholarships total $138,000.
Hopefuls for the National Contest participate at high school, district and state levels. Other scholarships are also available through the American Legion. Information on both the oratorical program and scholarships in general is sent to all high schools in Vermont.
The public is cordially invited to attend the competition Feb. 14.