The way a speech is “submitted” in our program of contests is by delivering it orally, without notes, lectern, props, or sound system, to an audience at each level of the tournament. It should be your original speech on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on the duties, obligations, rights, and privileges of American citizenship, and you can revise, rename, or improve it each time. Of course, the letter below has the initial info, and the Official Rules brochure and the National website https://www.legion.org/oratorical/rules have the rules the contests are governed by. Your first contest does not have to be your last, if you don't advance and are seriously interested in continuing in the program. You have until late January to qualify to advance to the District level.
Your original, main speech, or Prepared Oration, should be 8 to 10 minutes long, and you must also be prepared to speak for 3 to 5 minutes on any one of the Assigned Topics https://www.legion.org/oratorical/topics found in the Official Rules brochure. One of the Assigned Topics is randomly drawn during each contest, and all of the contestants must speak on the same topic. Each contestant gets five minutes during the contest to prepare for the Assigned Topic discourse. Penalty points are given, one point for each minute or fraction thereof, for going over or under the required times. The Judge’s Scorecard at the end of the Official Rules brochure shows the point system for judging Content and Speaking Skills, and you can see a video of the Oratorical Contest Judges Briefing on the national website at this link: www.legion.org/legiontv?pid=latest&v=kGbzxxfzLc0
Please study the rules and watch the videos available on the national website at www.legion.org/oratorical. And then it’s practice, practice, practice…
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