Post 112, Harvey H. Hannah

Oratorical Contest

The purpose of The American Legion’s National High School Oratorical Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Read about the Contest at the American Legion Headquarters site

Additional details on the contests' topics, application form, and other details can be found on the Department of Tennessee site:, including background check application.

There has been no interest in the Constitutional Course being facilitated here at the post, so it will not continue this year.  If an excellent additional resource is needed, please check out Hillsdale College's free on-line courses: Hillsdale College Online Courses.

Local high school students in the area and eligile students who are being home-schooled may enter this contest at no cost.


Adults who are interested in volunteering must have a background check completed.  The cost is free, but you must get this done.  Please go to the Dept. Tennessee Oratorical Page, and click on the RED Link for background check!  The sooner this is done, the better!

There are several positions needed for the District competition in mid-January 2024.  

In order to facilitate the contest, we will need a total of twelve (12) volunteers to perform various functions. They are as follows:

Five (5) Judges (will hear the orations and judge them on pre-determined criteria)

Two (2) Timekeepers (will manage the time limits for each oration)

Two (2) Tabulators (will collect and tabulate the scores of each judge)

Three (3) Monitors (will ensure compliance with regulations within the preparatory and scoring rooms)

Please contact me, Post 112 Oratorical Chair, at for more information or to volunteer