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Oratorical contest set for Thursday

CRESSON — Local students from Cambria and Blair-Somerset chapters will compete in the American Legion’s inter-district oratorical contest at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at the Cresson American Legion Post on Ashcroft Avenue.

Since 1938, the contest has developed knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students.

The American Legion’s National Organization awards scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.

High school students under age 20 are eligible. Competition begins at the post level and advances to a state competition. Legion department representatives certify one winner per state to the national contest, where department winners compete against each other in two speaking rounds. The contest caps off with a final round that decides the three top finishers.

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.

Area residents are invited to attend.

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