Department of Hawaii

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THE AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF HAWAII

612 MCCULLY STREET HONOLULU, HAWAII 96826

(808) 946-6383, oratorical@hilegion.org)

 

December 14, 2021

Your students are invited to participate in the 84th Annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program, “A Constitutional Speech Contest”. The contest was developed primarily to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, and privileges of American citizenship.

Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Over $188,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year. The overall National Contest Winner gets a $25,000 scholarship, second place takes home $22,500, and third gets $20,000. Each State’s certified winner that participates in the National contest’s first round will receive an additional $2,000 scholarship. Those contestants who advance to the second round receive an additional $2,000 scholarship. The American Legion’s National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.

To qualify for the National Contest, contestant must first participate in the State of Hawaii contest which will be held on March 12, 2022, 0900, at Oahu Veterans Center, 1298 Kukila St. Honolulu HI. The contestants will receive check awards; 1st place $1,000.00, 2nd place $500.00 and 3rd place $300.00. The winner and their chaperone will receive airfare and hotel accommodations to represent Hawaii in the National Finals which will be held April 21st - 23rd, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Quarter-Final and Semi-Final Contest will be held on Saturday, April 10th.Championship Contest will be conducted on Sunday, April 23rd. A banquet for all contestants will follow. A chaperone over 21 years of age must accompany each contestant to the National Contest.

The following websites will help participants obtain information on the National Contest: https://www.legion.org/oratorical

For 2022 contest rules,

https://www.legion.org/oratorical/rules

Each participant should complete the application and return by Jan 31st, 2021.

Thank you for encouraging your student’s participation in this program.

Completed application should be emailed to both

devirgilio@devo-junkyard.us  or  oratorical@hilegion.org

or snail mail by February 28, 2022 to:

 

The American Legion Department of Hawaii

Attn: Oratorical Contest Committee

612 McCully Street

Honolulu, HI 96826

 

Sincerely,

Mark DeVirgilio

Department of Hawaii Oratorical Chairman

(808-927-9663)

devirgilio@devo-junkyard.us

 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL ORATORICAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

CONSTITUTIONAL SPEECH CONTEST APPLICATION

Please TYPE all required information (handwritten forms are difficult to read)

Student Information:

I will participate in The American Legion 2021-22 High School Oratorical Program.

Full Name:

Date of Birth: Age: Grade:

E-Mail:

Home Phone: Cell Phone: 

Address:

Date Submitted: 

Name of High School: 

Mother's Name: 

E-Mail:

Home Phone: Cell Phone: 

Father's Name:

E-Mail:

Home Phone: Cell Phone: 

 

List school or class offices you held or have held (attach additional pages if necessary):


 

Extracurricular actives you have participated in (attach additional pages if necessary):


 

College or University you plan to attend:


 

Career you are considering:

Chaperone for Student Selected to Attend the National Oratorical Contest?

A chaperone over 21 years of age must accompany each contestant to National Contest.

Name: 

Relationship to Student: 

E-Mail:

Home Phone: Cell Phone: 


 

Name of Teacher or Speech Coach:

Name: 

School: 

School Address: 

E-Mail:

Home /office Phone: Cell Phone: 


 

CONTESTANT CERTIFICATION

I hereby certify the above-named student is currently enrolled at:

School: 

Current Grade: 

Principal’s Name:

(please copy principal when submitting as certification)

Principal’s Email Address:


 

This form must be completed and returned by January 31, 2022

Additional information will be required from the winner and chaperone after contest.

 

NOTE: THIS FORM MAY BE SHARED