A high school senior from Bridport capped a busy weekend of competition in Indianapolis by earning a $14,000 college scholarship and third place in The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program-"A Constitutional Speech Contest."
The competition was won by Tori Beth Black of Iva, S.C.., who earned an $18,000 scholarship. Her winning oration was titled "A Rising Sun". Second place and a $16,000 scholarship went to Elizabeth Blessing, a home-schooled sophomore from Auburn, Ala. The scholarships account for a small portion of the roughly $3.5 million in post-secondary scholarships that The American Legion, the nation's largest veterans organization, awards annually.
Brooke Connor, a student at Middlebury Union High School, started the weekend as one of 53 state or territorial champions in the annual speech competition and advanced to the top through three rounds of intense competition.
In her speech, titled "Putting Together the Constitutional Puzzle", Connor compared the Constitution to a jigsaw puzzle. "The system of checks and balances carefully fit together and has protected us from fanaticism and assured that no one person is allowed to run amok with power."