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612 McCully Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96826

Department Of Hawaii


The American Legion


HONOLULU, HAWAII 96826 (808) 946-6383 FAX (808) 947-3957



For God and Country

September 9, 2019


Dear Teacher / Adviser


Your school is invited to participate in the 82st Annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship

Program  "A Constitutional Speech Contest” 2020. 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.


Another purpose of the program is to assist students in paying high cost of a college education. The American

Legion Life Insurance Committee provides the scholarship money for this program. The first place winner of the

National Finals Contest will take home $18,000 and the next two finishers receive $16,000 and $14,000. First round 

participants in the National Contest receive a $1,500 scholarship. Second round participants, who do not advance to

the final round; will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship.


The State of Hawaii contest will be held on February 22, 2020 at Oahu Veterans Center, 1298 Kukila St.

Hawaii starting at 9:00 am.  awards; 1st place $1,000.00, 2nd place $500.00, 3rd place $300.00, 4th  and 5th place $100.00.

The winner will represent Hawaii at the National Finals which will be held from April 17 - 19, 2020 in

Indianapolis, Indiana. The Quarter-Final and Semi-Final Contest will be held Saturday, April 18th.

Championship Contest will be conducted on Sunday, April 19th. A banquet for all contestants will follow.


The following websites will help your participants obtain information on the Oratorical Contest:


Contest rules are enclosed giving specific information on the 2020 contests

We would like to include you on our mailing list so that we can send you other information about the contest. Please

complete the enclosed forms and return by date requested.


Thank you for taking the time to learn about this wonderful opportunity for your students.

Their participation in this program will be greatly appreciated by The American Legion and its members.




Pete Provencio

Oritorical Chairman

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